BMW unveiled the all-new 2021 BMW 4 Series early June, the second generation of its two-door coupe, in a world premiere shown online instead of at a conventional show, due to pandemic restrictions.
The 430i xDrive and M440i xDrive – the “xDrive” designation is for all-wheel-drive – will go on sale in Canada in October, with prices yet to be announced.
A convertible version and top-performance M4 are expected to follow as well.
During the Munich-based presentation, BMW also briefly showed an all-electric version, the i4, but it doesn’t look like Canadian buyers will have a crack at that one, at least not right away.
The 430xi xDrive uses an updated 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder, making 255 horsepower and 294 lb-ft of torque, an increase of 7 horses and 36 lb-ft over the outgoing generation. BMW claims zero to 100 km/h in 5.6 seconds, with a top speed of 240 km/h.
The M440i xDrive uses a 3.0L turbocharged inline-six and makes 382 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque, an increase of 62 horsepower and 39 lb-ft. Its zero-to-100-km/h sprint happens in 4.5 seconds.
The six-cylinder also includes a new 48-voltmild hybrid system, which grabs its energy from recuperative braking and uses it to add up to 11 horsepower during hard acceleration. It also smoothly restarts the engine after it’s been shut off by the auto start/stop function, which now also shuts it down when the driver is braking for a stop and the car drops below 15 km/h.
Save-the-manual fans are left out; both engines mate to an eight-speed automatic transmission with launch control. The M440i adds a rear M Sport differential for improved traction on acceleration.
Compared to the outgoing 4 Series Coupe, the new one is wider, longer, and taller, with a longer wheelbase and wider front and rear tracks. It shares its wheelbase with its recently-redesigned 3 Series Sedan cousin, but it’s lower and larger.
Other changes include a definitely-polarizing nose with a massive grille, which BMW said “accommodates the greater cooling requirements of the more powerful engines.” The rest of the design is handsome, though, with a sweeping roofline and uncluttered rear styling. The M440i is differentiated by a rear spoiler and grey accents on the grille, front intake, mirrors and exhaust tips.
Inside, the new model retains much of BMW’s customary cabin styling but adds new sport seats and steering wheel, while the M440i adds an M Sport steering wheel and M-branded sill plates.
Along with standard blind-spot monitoring and lane-keeping assist, and the addition of Android Auto alongside Apple CarPlay, the 4 Series offers active cruise control with extended hands-free operation, a self-parking feature, and an adaptive drive mode that uses the navigation system’s map data to anticipate upcoming curves.