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.