New BMW 4 Series unveiled

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New BMW 4 Series unveiled

The eagerly anticipated successor to the BMW 3 Series coupe has been officially unveiled and it looks set to take the fight to the Audi A5 and Mercedes-Benz C-class coupe.

BMW's latest model is essentially a re-badged 3 Series coupe that has been labelled as such in order to broaden the appeal of BMW's range of machines.

The 3 Series will remain the four-door or estate variant for buyers looking for a more 'practical' drive, while the new 4 Series will offer all the sporting elements to appeal to racier clientele.

Changes to the new 4 Series include wider front and rear tracks and suspension that is 10mm lower than the 3 Series chassis it is based on. Trim levels remain the same as those across the BMW range so SE, Sport, Modern, Luxury and M Sport will all be offered.

Three engines will be available at launch – which is pencilled in for October of this year – which include a 181bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel in the 420d, a 242bhp 2.0-litre petrol in the 428i, and a 302bhp 3.0-litre six cylinder petrol in the 435i.

Although rear-wheel-drive is standard on most models, four-wheel-drive will be available as an optional extra later in November.

The most powerful 435i model will happily tackle the 0-62mph sprint in just 5.1 seconds, while the most efficient 420d model will reward owners with a fuel economy figure of 61.4mpg.

Perhaps the most exciting news is that an M4 version will be on its way, boasting a heavily tuned, twin-turbocharged version of BMW's 3.0-litre in-line six-cylinder petrol engine, which is claimed to deliver around 440bhp.

Prices are rumoured to start at around £31,575 for entry-level 4 Series models.