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2014 BMW 4 Series Coupe Preview

6/18/2013
Fast Facts:
  • 428i and 435i models
  • Available xDrive all-wheel-drive (AWD) system
  • Replaces current 3 Series Coupe in BMW's lineup
  • 4-passenger seating
  • 0-60 mph in 5 seconds

Introduction
BMW's all-new 2014 4 Series Coupe, a larger but lighter replacement for the 3 Series Coupe, is being offered in 428i and 435i models and four trim levels: base, Sport, Luxury, and M Sport.

Exterior Features
Depending on which model and trim level are selected, the 2014 BMW 4 Series Coupe can be equipped with either 18- or 19-inch alloy wheels. All examples feature underbody panels and vents around the front wheels to improve fuel efficiency by reducing aerodynamic limitations. And, by using aluminum and high-strength steel in much of the car's construction, the 4 Series Coupe weighs nearly 100 pounds less than its predecessor.

BMW has distinguished the 4 Series Sport from the base trim level by adding high-gloss black trim, whereas the Luxury variant goes in a different direction with chrome exterior accents. The 4 Series M Sport stands apart with unique bumpers, rear diffuser, lower side skirts, available Estoril Blue Metallic paint, and blue brake calipers. This version of BMW's new coupe also includes a performance-tuned suspension and brake system.

Interior Features
Inside, the 2014 BMW 4 Series Coupe features a sport steering wheel, iDrive controller and display screen, two-tone trim, and a 40/20/40 split-folding rear seat with a center pass-through. The Sport trim adds touches like red stitching on the seats and black accents, the Luxury features wood trim, and the M Sport offers items like a unique steering wheel and doorsill treatments.

Optional Features
The 2014 BMW 4 Series Coupe is host to a wide variety of options, highlights of which include a Red Coral leather interior, foot-activated trunk release (wave your foot under the rear of the car to open the trunk), and a Dynamic Handling package with a variable steering ratio and suspension that automatically adjusts according to feedback from the road. Drivers can also select from comfort and sport settings.

Under the Hood
BMW equips the 2014 428i with a direct-injection, turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that generates 240 horsepower and 255 lb.-ft. of torque, and is paired with a 6-speed manual transmission or 8-speed automatic with paddle shifters and a sport mode. According to BMW, the 428i can reach 60 mph in only 5.7 seconds.

Those gearboxes are also offered with the 2014 435i, which features a direct-injection, turbocharged, 3.0-liter inline 6-cylinder engine that delivers 300 horsepower and 300 lb.-ft. of torque. For the 435i, BMW reports a 0-60 mph time of 5 seconds flat. The company's xDrive AWD system is available on both 4 Series Coupe models.

This 4-passenger coupe shares its platform with the current-generation 3 Series Sedan. Compared with the 3 Series Coupe, the new 4 Series is slightly longer, its body is wider and its rear track significantly wider, and it has a lower center of gravity that BMW claims results in improved handling.

Fuel Economy
As this preview is written, the EPA has not established official fuel-economy estimates for the 2014 BMW 4 Series, but the automaker suggests a new eco mode, along with automatic start/stop functionality, can improve fuel economy by up to 20 percent over the outgoing model.

Safety
Among the 2014 4 Series' standard safety features are brake drying and 10 years of the BMW Assist eCall emergency response service. An advanced automatic collision notification system is included and is capable of pinpointing the car's location, severity and angle of impact, number of belted occupants, and it can even predict the type of injuries. As a result, the appropriate emergency personnel can be sent to the scene much sooner.

Other safety-related equipment available to 4 Series Coupe buyers includes collision- and lane-departure warning systems, pedestrian detection, updated active cruise control, bird's-eye view camera system, and adaptive LED headlights.

As this preview is written, neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has rated the crashworthiness of the 2014 BMW 4 Series Coupe.

Technology
BMW's new coupe does not suffer from a shortage of technology, as evidenced by an upgraded navigation system with 3D maps, head-up display showing speed limits and passing zones, and improved iDrive functionality including voice-activated POI searches and a controller-integrated touchpad.

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