Why the 2015 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe Matters:
If you hadn’t noticed, Germany’s automakers are engaged in a model proliferation race. Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Porsche have been slicing and dicing their core vehicle lineups to create a blizzard of mainstream, performance, and green machines apparently intended to cater to whatever whim a potential buyer might be pursuing. Even for an automotive journalist who gets paid to know about such things, the trend is utterly overwhelming.
However, I’m glad that this trend has produced the new 2015 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe. Sexier than a 3 Series sedan, more practical than a 4 Series coupe, the new 4 Series Gran Coupe is the BMW that I would buy if I were planning to drop around 50 grand on a new set of wheels. And I’m not the only one thinking this way.
New 2015 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe: What’s New
To put the new 4 Series Gran Coupe into context, it’s helpful to know a couple of things. First, the BMW 4 Series coupe is based on the same platform and powertrains as the BMW 3 Series sedan and station wagon. Therefore, by extension, the 4 Series Gran Coupe is really just a sleeker 3 Series with more cramped back seat and a smaller cargo hold than a 3 Series wagon.
Golly, when put that way, it doesn’t sound so appealing.
Ah, but it is. Just look at it. This might be the best-looking BMW I’ve seen in a very long time. Besides, the kids will fit, and the 4 Series Gran Coupe’s power tailgate and folding 40/20/40-split rear seats expand the 17 cu.-ft. trunk to 49.5 cu.-ft. That makes this car practical, too.
Otherwise, the 4 Series Gran Coupe is outfitted much like the 3 Series and 4 Series models from which it springs. You can get a 428i or a more powerful 435i, each equipped with rear-wheel or all-wheel drive. An 8-speed automatic transmission is standard, and BMW doesn’t mention whether a manual gearbox will be offered as a no-charge option.
Luxury, Sport, and M Sport trim lines are available, the latter offered in combination with exclusive paint colors called Carbon Black and Estoril Blue. A long menu of optional performance equipment, infotainment systems, and safety technologies can be added to the 4 Series Gran Coupe, hurtling its $41,225 base price well toward the $70,000 mark.
New 2015 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe: What Autobytel Thinks
If I haven’t adequately expressed my appreciation of and desire for the new 4 Series Gran Coupe, please accept my apologies. And then get yourself over to the BMW dealer to place your order.
2015 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe photos by Megan Green
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