BMW Launches Larger and Smarter 2nd Gen 4 Series Coupe
BMW is releasing details on a larger, more powerful, higher technology 2nd generation 4 Series Coupe. With over five inches of additional length compared to its predecessor, the new 4 Series is also wider and noticeably sleeker, leading to a nearly 15% improvement in aerodynamics. The face of the new 4 Series remains highly recognizable, yet includes a more stylized, angled twin-kidney grille, which is also larger for better engine cooling airflow. Standard LED headlights and Air Curtain intakes bracket the grille.
All models see a modest boost in horsepower and torque. Powering the new 430i and 430i xDrive coupe is an updated B46 2.0-liter 4-cylinder BMW TwinPower turbocharged engine delivering 255 hp and 294 ft-lbs. of torque. The 430i Coupe accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds. The new M440i xDrive Coupe is powered by the 3.0-liter inline 6-cylinder BMW TwinPower turbocharged engine producing 382 hp and 369 ft-lbs. of torque. The M440i xDrive Coupe accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds. Both 4-cylinder and 6-cylinder engines use a single, twin-scroll turbocharger, high precision fuel injection, VALVETRONIC fully variable valve timing and Double-VANOS variable camshaft timing.
A new 48-volt mild-hybrid system is standard on the 6-cylinder M440i xDrive Coupe. The 48- volt starter/generator unit is complemented by a separate 48-volt battery which allows for energy recuperation, storage and use during driving. Energy can be recuperated from deceleration, braking and from excess electricity generated while driving in Sport mode. The excess energy is converted to electricity by the 48-volt starter/generator and stored in the 48-volt battery. This energy can be used by the starter/generator unit to boost performance during hard acceleration or by providing power for electronic systems, thus reducing the load on the engine and improving overall efficiency. The 48-volt starter generator also improves efficiency by allowing the stopped engine to be restarted quickly with little vibration. The Auto Start/Stop function can now turn off the engine while the driver is braking for a stop as soon as the speed drops below 9 mph.
The 2021 BMW 4 Series comes equipped with standard assist features designed to deliver peace of mind and improved driving comfort. Included systems are: lane departure warning with steering correction; frontal collision; pedestrian warning with braking function; blind spot detection; rear cross traffic alert; rear collision preparation, automatic high beams; and speed limit information. Optional on the new 4 Series is the Driving Assistance Professional Package which adds Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Extended Traffic Jam Assist for limited access highways – a Level 2 autonomous assist system which helps to reduce fatigue in stop-and-go freeway traffic by allowing for extended hands free vehicle operation, lane keeping assistant with side collision avoidance, evasion aid, front cross-traffic alert and emergency stop assistant – which can help guide your BMW to the shoulder and bring it to a halt in a medical emergency situation.
The optional Parking Assistance Package includes a panorama view and 3D surround camera views to assist with parking. The system helps identify suitable parallel and perpendicular parking spots and can guide your 4 Series into and out of your selected spot. The included back-up assistant records the last 50 yards driven at speeds below 20 mph and can automatically reverse the 4 Series along the exact path take to help navigate narrow or winding driveways, for example. The remote 3D view function gives drivers the ability to call up a three-dimensional live image of their parked vehicle and its immediate vicinity on their smartphone. The drive recorder, a new optional feature on a BMW 4 Series equipped with the Parking Assistance Package, uses the cameras of the various driver assistance systems to record video footage from the front and/or rear view points of the vehicle before storing the recordings. The saved video files can be either watched later on the center control display when the car is stationary or exported via the USB port. When activated, the drive recorder shoots and stores up to 40 seconds of video. In the event of a collision, a period of up to 20 seconds around the moment of impact is automatically recorded and saved.
The 2021 BMW 4 Series Coupe offers standard wireless Apple CarPlay and adds new Android Auto Compatibility. Look for the new 4 Series to arrive in BMW showrooms later this summer.