Remember when we all moaned about Munich’s name-change strategy, and the convolution of the portfolio with the 2 Series, and the 4 Series, and the this and that?
Well, since launch in 2013, the 4 Series has found 400,000 buyers over three different models: Coupé, Convertible and Gran Coupé, so no one’s moaning now. It’s time for a face-lift already in fact, and the car’s been updated in design, equipment and tech.
BMW highlights stiffer suspension and sharper design changes for 2017, with restyled LED headlights dominating the front fascia in place of the outgoing xenon units, alongside standard LED foglamps.
At the back new 4 Series models come with LED taillamps and the designers additionally modified the air intakes and rear apron to add a touch of aggression.
Interiors are highlighted by high-gloss black surfaces and electroplated and chrome detailing, while customers get the option of new exterior paint colors such as Snapper Rocks Blue and Sunset Orange, which won’t be available on any models outside the 4 Series range.
Buyers can also choose from 4 Series-exclusive wheel designs whether they go for the Advantage, Sport, Luxury or M Sport equipment lines. To improve handling, engineers stiffened up the suspension to cull both longitudinal and lateral body roll.
With three petrol engines to choose from (420i, 430i, 440i), power outputs range from the 184bhp base model to the 326bhp 440i, at least before we get to the proper M variants…
Designers put their touch to the M4 Coupé and M4 Convertible as well, now with standard adaptive full-LED headlights, and full-LED rear lights added to the detail styling touches around the exterior and interior.
As a finale, all 4 Series cars including the full-blown Ms come with an updated infotainment system and satellite navigation, plus a host of other connectivity features.