BMW is in the process of redefining its model lines. In an effort to differentiate models, all coupes/convertibles will now carry even number model designations and sedans/wagons will wear the odd numbers. Aside from the new 6 Series Gran Coupe, this is the same type of relationship carried by the 5 Series and 6 Series. BMW is now set to roll out the next in the family line, the 4 Series, and has given us a preview with the Concept 4 Series Coupe.
Don’t be fooled by the name, the Concept 4 Series Coupe is simply a slightly disguised mockup of what the new car will look like when it hits showrooms later this year. This new model will replace the 3 Series coupe starting as a 2014 model. This is more than just a simple badge change as BMW is using this as a chance to dramatically alter the cars. Currently, the new Concept 4 Series car is lower, wider and longer than the current 3 Series, which should increase the already dynamic feeling of the coupe. The exterior design is also unique to the 4 Series, at least as unique as BMW can make while still carrying the current styling DNA. Look for a long hood and lower front end that looks more like the current Z4 than the current 3 Series.
Little official information has been given about what will power the new 4 Series, but we don’t expect anything different than the set of engines that currently power the 3 Series. There is potential that BMW could alter the intake, exhaust or some ECU programming to coax a small power increase for the new coupe, but we wouldn't get our hopes up.
The Concept 4 Series Coupe will make its world debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on January 14. We expect more information about the new car to be shared after the reveal. The Concept 4 Series Coupe with share booth space with other new pieces of BMW machinery like the new M6 Gran Coupe, 3 Series Sports Wagon and new Z4. There is currently no news of availability or pricing for the new car.