German carmaker BMW has announced that the 4-Series Coupe is now officially a production car, six months after presenting the concept version. We first reported the arrival of BMW\'s even-numbered series in October last year, revealing that the 2-Series and the 4-Series would replace the coupe versions of the 1-Series and the 3-Series, respectively. Prior to this, BMW\'s only even-numbered series had been the 6-Series as well as the 8-Series coupe in the \'90s. The 4-Series arrives as \"the fourth generation of BMW\'s sporty midsize coupe.\"
According to BMW, the rear-wheel-driven 4-Series is larger in width and wheelbase compared to the outgoing 3-Series Coupe, which it is replacing in the company\'s product line. At launch, three variants will be made available: the 435i, which has an in-line-six gasoline engine; the 428i, which has a four-cylinder gasoline powerplant; and the 420d, which has a four-cylinder diesel under the hood. All three engines are said to use the latest BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, with output ranging from 184hp to 306hp.
Mated to the engines will be a standard six-speed manual transmission, with an optional eight-speed automatic with shift paddles to be offered at the same time.
Expect Asian Carmakers Corporation, BMW\'s appointed distributor in the country, to already be making preparations for the new model\'s introduction in our market. Let\'s hope it\'s sooner than later.