UPDATE: The 4 Series Gran Coupe will hit Australia around mid-2014.
BMW's new 4 Series Gran Coupe (GC) has gone official, just hours after a series of high-quality images surfaced online. Today's unveiling also follows months of spy photos and leaked patent renderings.
Essentially a four-door version of the new 4 Series Coupe, the Gran Coupe arrives as an option for buyers that prefer a racier profile - without sacrificing the practicality offered by an extra pair of doors.
“Taking its cue from a large BMW coupe, the new 4 Series Gran Coupe combines a dynamic and sleek silhouette with additional functionality and more spaciousness in the rear passenger compartment,” BMW exterior designer Won Kyu Kang said.
The Gran Coupe will carry the same front and rear styling featured on the 4 Series Coupe and Convertible, while introducing a steeper belt line and a more coupe-like profile to roof and glasshouse.
The Gran Coupe is also larger in most directions than the 3 Series sedan, measuring 14mm longer at 1389mm and 14mm wider - but 40mm shorter top-to-bottom.
And, for that extra sporting feel, the 4 Series GC retains the pillarless front doors featured with the Coupe and Convertible.
Australian details are still to be confirmed, but options in Europe will include the 135kW 420i, the 180kW 428i and the top-shelf 225kW 435i.
Diesel models will also be offered, including the 105kW 418d and the 135kW 420d.
BMW promises a 0-100km/h time of 4.9 seconds for the 435i and 5.7 seconds for the 428i, while the 420d promises a 7.7 second sprint.
Fuel consumption will range from 4.7 to 8.1 l/100km for the petrol range, and 4.5 to 4.9 l/100km for the diesels.
All models are fitted with a six-speed manual transmission as standard, although each can be optioned with eight-speed Steptronic or Sport Steptronic shifters.
Speaking with TMR today, BMW Australia's Scott Croaker confirmed the 4 Series Gran Coupe is set for a mid-year local launch.
Expect pricing and specs to be detailed further over the coming months.