Following on from updates made to the 3 Series range late last year, BMW Australia has followed suit with that car’s two-door (and four-door coupe) sibling the 4 Series. Mechanical upgrades apply to nearly every variant, and spec levels have been fattened up while prices have plummeted.
The value-for-money equation is especially sharp in the range-topping 440i, which replaces the 435i in the range and boasts more power and torque while simultaneously shedding $10,000 from its sticker price.
However, while the 3 Series gained an attractively-priced 3-cylinder entry model in the 318i, the 4 Series will remain 3-cylinder free for now.
As before, the range begins with the 420i and 420d Coupe and Gran Coupe, with the 420i dropping below the $70k mark to rest at $68,990 in Coupe and Gran Coupe form - a reduction of $2200. 420d Coupe and Gran Coupe pricing falls by the same amount, with a new retail price of $71,200.
Convertible variants of the 420i and 420d drop by $2500, with new pricing of $85,900 and $88,200 respectively.
Power and torque outputs are unchanged at 135kW/270Nm for the 420i and 140kW/400Nm for the 420d, however engine refinements see fuel consumption for the 420i drop to 5.8 l/100km for the 420i Coupe and Gran Coupe and 6.2 l/100km for the 420i convertible.
Spec-wise, all 420i and 420d models gain Adaptive M Suspension, a head-up display, power folding mirrors, lane departure warning, Driving Assistant and a 360-degree parking camera view.
Other standard features like bi-xenon headlamps, front and rear parking sensors, Navigation System Professional, a digital radio tuner and 18-inch alloys carry over.
The 428i morphs into the 430i thanks to a 5kW power bump for its 2.0 litre turbo four, taking peak outputs to 185kW/350Nm. Fuel consumption drops to 5.8 l/100km too, a reduction of 0.6 l/100km over the outgoing 428i Coupe
The M Sport Package becomes standard on the 430i, while the Luxury line trim remains a no-cost alternative to those not keen on the M Sport Pack’s more aggressive styling. 19-inch alloys are standard, along with keyless entry and ignition, a nine-speaker audio and electric lumbar support for the front seats.
The price of entry comes down to $79,900 for 430i Coupe and Gran Coupe, a fall of $2500. The Convertible dips to $96,900, down from $99,400.
Like the 430i, the 440i is a new nameplate for the 4 Series range, replacing the 435i. Power continues to come from a single-turbo 3.0 litre inline six, however power rises 15kW to 240kW while peak torque is lifted by a substantial 50Nm for a total of 450Nm.
The 0-100km/h sprint is now done away with in five seconds flat in the 440i Coupe, a reduction of 0.1 seconds. Despite its extra oomph, BMW has also manage to curb the 440i’s thirst by 0.6 l/100km for Coupe and Gran Coupe, taking it down to 6.8 l/100km. The heavier convertible chews through 7.2 l/100km on the combined cycle.
Standard features include heated front seats, a Harman/Kardon 16-speaker audio, an Internet browser, active cruise control, variable sport steering and adaptive LED headlamps.
The 440i undergoes the biggest price drop of $10,000, with a new retail price of $99,900 for the 440i Coupe and 440i Gran Coupe. The 440i Convertible comes down by $10,100 to sit at $117,900.
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