BMW is a luxury auto manufacturer based in Munich, Germany. BMW’s diverse lineup of luxury and performance passenger cars are sold all over the world. The 4 Series is a new model in BMW’s broad vehicle lineup that came out of a decision to split up the long-running BMW 3 Series. When the 4 Series line was introduced, the coupes and convertibles that used to be part of the 3 Series were renamed and formed the 4 Series. The first details of the lineup were revealed on December 5, 2012, and the car’s official debut followed at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January of 2013. When the 4 Series Gran Coupe was launched, the lineup included the 428i, 428i xDrive all-wheel-drive, 435i, and 435i xDrive.
The new 4 Series Gran Coupe lineup shares its engineering, mechanicals and design with the 3 Series models it is derived from. Though the 4 Series Gran Coupe starts at a higher price than the 3 Series, the more unusual sportback-like styling is the only true benefit over the 3 Series, especially since backseat space is slightly compromised. So there are a lot of similarities between the 3 Series sedan and the 4 Series Gran Coupe. There are also a lot of visual similarities between the regular 4 Series Coupe and the 4 Series Gran Coupe, but subtle changes to the design provide the Gran Coupe with more functionality and interior space. The two different 4 Series Gran Coupe models, 428i and 435i, are nearly identical, but the 435i offers a much more powerful engine. A turbocharged 3-liter six-cylinder powerplant yields 300 ponies. It’s paired to the same eight-speed automatic transmission as the 428i Gran Coupe, complete with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. The 435i comes standard with rear-wheel-drive; the 435i xDrive is all-wheel-drive.
Like the rest of the 4 Series, the 435i Gran Coupe can be customized in one of four different Model Lines. The Model Lines are Base Line, Luxury Line, Sport Line, and M Sport Line. The Base Line is a minimally equipped car, with options available a la carte. The Luxury Line adds upscale interior trim and an exclusive alloy wheel design. The Sport Line gives the Gran Coupe a motorsports-inspired aesthetics package and sport front bucket seats. The M Sport Line is a step up, borrowing styling cues from BMW’s M performance line, such as larger alloy wheels, a body kit, Estoril Blue interior trim, and an optional Estoril Blue exterior finish.
The BMW 435i Gran Coupe is equipped standard with driver selectable Eco Pro, Comfort, Sport, and Sport+ driving modes to make the most of its power. Other features include the BMW iDrive infotainment system a 6.5-inch or 8-inch touchpad display, an automatic engine stop-start function, adaptive LED headlights, eight-way power front seats, memory functions for the mirrors and driver’s seat, an automatic tailgate, navigation, rear and peripheral camera systems, speed limit information, park assist, a Harmon Kardon surround sound audio system, the BMW Apps system, regenerative braking for energy conservation, dynamic stability control, ventilated disc brakes, anti-lock braking, an anti-brake fade system, Bluetooth wireless integration, SiriusXM satellite radio, and USB audio input.