This is the BMW 4 Series, a brand new addition to the Bavarian manufacturer’s model line-up.
However, while the badge may be new, the 4 Series is essentially a two-door version of the current 3 Series saloon, which itself will now only be offered in four-door and estate guises.
?BMW has separated the line-up in this way to give the cars their own individual character, with the 4 Series aimed at buyers who want a more overtly sporting car. While it won’t exactly be going soft, the 3 Series will now be the choice for those wanting a more relaxed daily driver.
It also provides BMW with a distinct model to pitch into battle against popular rivals the Audi A5 and Mercedes C-class coupe.
The 4 Series sits on the same platform as the venerable 3 series, but features a number of key changes to provide a different driving experience. Both the front and rear tracks are wider and the suspension has been lowered by 10mm to give a more athletic stance.
Three turbocharged engines will be offered from launch: a petrol and diesel 2.0 litres in size, and a 3.0-litre six-cylinder petrol. A further three engines will be made available soon after.
Performance fans will be glad to hear that an M4 will make an appearance late next year, likely to be powered by a triple-turbo six-cylinder engine.
Buyers will be able to choose between rear and four-wheel-drive on selected models, and from the same five trim levels offered on the 3 Series: SE, Sport, Modern, Luxury and M Sport.
The BMW 4 Series will make its public debut at the Frankfurt motor show in September, and will go on sale in the UK in early October priced from £31,575.
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