TMR Team | Dec 24, 2012

BMW's next midsized coupe, now confirmed as the first model in the new 4 Series range, has been spied testing again this week.

With much of its finer points revealed this month with the 4 Series Coupe Concept, the familiar prototype has now shed much of its heavy camouflage.

The new coupe will continue the themes set out by the current E92 model, with the same long bonnet, swooping glasshouse and short rear deck that has made the 3 Series Coupe a strong seller for the prestige marque.

In concept form, the 4 Coupe also remains loyal to the style of the 3 Sedan, featuring the same connected grille and headlights design but adding a few tweaks of its own.

We can likely expect most of these features to appear again with the production model, although the complex front and rear bumper designs may be simplified before it hits showrooms.

The 4 Coupe is noteably larger than its predecessor, measuring nearly 30mm longer and 44mm wider, while sitting on a 50mm longer wheelbase.

BMW isn't offering any tips on powertrains, but it is likely that we can expect most of the 3 Series Sedan's turbocharged four-cylinder options and a top-shelf 435i six-cylinder model.

An M4-badged hero should also replace the current M3 Coupe, driven by a twin-turbo six-cylinder engine that would replace the current 309kW V8 engine.

A debut for the production version of the 4 Series Coupe is still to be confirmed, but we expect an unveiling at next year's Frankfurt Motor Show.

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