New BMW 4 Series and M4 revealed - pictures
The BMW 4 Series and M4 are to receive a number of interior, exterior and mechanical tweaks
These are the first pictures of the new BMW 4 Series range and M4, showing a range of changes inside and out. The new car also has a number of revisions under the skin for a more sporty drive.
The revisions cover the entire 4 Series range, including the coupe, convertible and Gran Coupe hatchback, as well as the M4 coupe and convertible and are widely expected to be shown in public at the Geneva Motor Show in March.
BMW’s designers have tweaked the 4 Series' handsome styling. The 2017 4 Series has a new grille arrangement at the front and features bi-LED and LED front foglamps headlights as standard. Full LED headlights are available as an optional extra across the range. The rear features a new bumper and redesigned LED rear lights.
The interior has received some more minor attention, with gloss black and electroplated trim panels and chrome-rimmed air-con controls. All 2017 BMW 4 Series models are fitted with a sport steering wheel wrapped in leather.
The optional Professional navigation system has a new display distributed on two screens, where you can configure the smartphone-style icons. Also optional is the Multifunctional Instrument Display (which changes its graphics according to the driving model), wireless charging and Apple CarPlay.
Upholstery options include Midnight Blue, Cognac and Ivory White Dakota leather and these can be had with contrasting stitching. Trim options include Carbon Aluminium, Light Fineline and High Gloss Black with Pearl Chrome strips.
Other options include a wider range of alloy wheel designs and a number of new exterior paint colours, including the turquoise Snapper Rocks Blue and Sunset Orange.
The 4 Series range has been reshuffled and the Luxury trim has been removed from the range. Coupe and convertible models now start with the Sport line. The M Sport trim is available for all engines, but comes as standard on the 430i, 430d, 430dx, 435dx and 440i.
The Gran Coupe now starts with the SE trim for the 420d and 420dx. Sport trim is standard on the 420i and 420ix models, while the M Sport trim is reserved for more powerful models – 430i and above.
Under the metal, the new BMW 4 Series features stiffer suspension with more advanced damping. The result, BMW says, is improved handling with no compromise in ride comfort. Even so, high-performance tyres are available as optional extras.
Aside from the discontinuation of the entry-level 418d, the engine range is unchanged. That means the diesel engine line-up kicks off with the 420d (190bhp), 430d (258bhp) and 435d xDrive (313bhp). Petrol choices include the 184bhp 420i, 252bhp 430i and the range-topping 440i, which develops 326bhp.
Depending on the model, buyers can choose an eight-speed manual gearbox in place of the six-speed manual, although the automatic is standard on more powerful models. Most models in the range can be fitted with BMW’s xDrive four-wheel-drive system for an additional cost.
New BMW M4 coupe and convertible
The 2017 BMW M4 coupe and convertible feature many of the changes applied to the rest of the 4 Series range, and the Competition Package remains an option for those seeking more performance.
BMW M Performance Accessories are available for the M4 for the first time. Buyers can choose the Exterior Carbon package, which includes a range of carbon-fibre exterior add-ons. It costs £3,000 when fitted to the BMW M4 and M3, or £2,500 on convertible models.
The Carbon Mirror package (£400) adds carbon-fibre door mirrors and the £500 Black Pack brings a black front grille and exhaust tips. The Interior Carbon pack (£850) features a suede-like Alcantara steering wheel and carbon-fibre inlays.