BMW 4 Series gets hybrid tech and aggressive new look for 2020

Published 03 June 2020

BMW has unveiled the leaner and visibly meaner 4 Series. The two-door coupe's based on the latest 3 Series and will start at £39,870 when it goes on sale in October 2020. 

The big talking point for the new BMW 4 Series is the front styling. The trademark kidney grille has been given a three-dimensional redesign to provide a nod of acknowledgement to BMW's classic models from years gone by. 

The 4 Series is based on the 3 Series saloon, which means buyers get the choice of four- and six-cylinder engines fed via the rear-wheels, with petrol or diesel power. All models get BMW's eight-speed Steptronic automatic gearbox as standard, while four-wheel drive (called xDrive in BMW speak) is available as an optional extra on most models. 

The 320i and 330i use a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine and develop a respective 184 and 258PS. Advertised fuel economy varies from 46.3 - 53.3mpg. The flagship M440i uses a turbocharged six-cylinder engine to develop 374PS. It also gets xDrive as standard and BMW's new 48v mild hybrid system to cover 0-62mph in 4.5 seconds while returning an official 39.8 - 41.5mpg.

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Mild hybrid tech is fitted as standard to all of the diesel models. This means the 2.0-litre four-cylinder 420d will develop 190PS and return up to 72.4mpg, based on the WLTP figures. A six-cylinder diesel (330d) will be added to the range in March 2021 and offer 286PS, while a high performance 440d is also in the works with 340PS.   

M Sport is the base-level trim for the 4 Series, which means all models get LED headlights, touchscreen navigation and an M Sport bodykit with wide air intakes and lowered sports suspension. BMW's fully digital dashboard is standard too, along with a 10-inch infotainment screen that's located at the centre of the minimalist dashboard and controlled by a large rotary dial.

The two-door coupe is being advertised as a four-seater, which means two adults should be able to fit in the back. Leather trim is standard across the range along with sport seats, but electric adjustment and lumbar support are still optional extras. The boot should be good for a set of golf clubs or two, with 440 litres of storage and 40:20:40 split backrests.

The BMW 4 Series starts at £39,870 for the 420i petrol and £42,440 for the 420d diesel. The M440i xDrive model starts at £53,875 and prices for the 430d and 440d will be confirmed later in the year. A 4 Series Convertible is expected to be announced in the autumn. 

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Engineer Andy    on 4 June 2020

I don't like that 'new' (copied) front and rear bumper styling - too fussy and looks like a 'yoof' modded car, rather like the current generation Honda Civic Type R. No 'style' about it at all. Fast/sporty cars used to be great looking, now they are all about looking 'mean' and, IMHO, ugly.

Dean Lindson    on 8 June 2020

The aggressive OTT front grill is taking it too far and is downright ugly....

Chris Butts    on 8 June 2020

Nice looking American muscle car,dodge? Oh sorry it’s a Bimma not for me thanks looks ugly,like most new cars,last couple of years car design has gone down the pan

Edited by Chris Butts on 08/06/2020 at 20:30

rockhard    on 8 June 2020

so let me get this right , its based on the lesser 3 series
it has a over chunky front and back end , below the bonnet and boot line
it will kick off over 40 k with a few small xtras .

FOR the droptop they have decided to return to the 2004 3 series cloth hood look.
Mmm erm arr what do i know

insignificent to my comments above THE LIGHTS ARE COOL

Howard Millichap    on 8 June 2020

I am not a fan of fake vents and grilles. And that huge "Kidney" grille? Just too big and ugly. I quite often think that BMW stylists must turn up for work tapping their white sticks along the wall to find the door.

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