The New BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe

    By BMW

    Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – February 1, 2014 6:00pm EST/3:00pm PST . . . The new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe adds a fresh dimension to one of the company’s newest model ranges. It combines the sleek look and sporty character of the 4 Series Coupe with the functionality provided by four doors and a spacious, flexible luggage compartment. The 2015 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe arrives in the U.S. in early summer of 2014 with two engine choices. The 428i Gran Coupe will feature BMW’s award-winning 240hp TwinPower Turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder, while the 435i Gran Coupe will be powered by the much-lauded 300hp TwinPower Turbo 3.0-liter inline six. The 428i xDrive Gran Coupe will also be available at launch with BMW’s intelligent all-wheel drive system. All versions will be offered in the U.S. with an 8-speed sport automatic transmission. The BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe will make its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2014 and makes its U.S. debut at the New York International Auto Show in April 2014.



    Prices in the U.S. will start at a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $41,225 (including $925 destination & handling) for the 428i Gran Coupe. The 428i xDrive Gran Coupe will have an MSRP of $43,225, including destination & handling, while the top-of-the-line 435i Gran Coupe will have an MSRP of $46,725, again, including destination & handling.

    While this model shares the same length, width, wheelbase and track with the extremely dynamic two-door version, the roofline of the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe is 4.4 inches (112 mm) longer and slopes gently to the rear of the vehicle. What's more, the silhouette is half an inch (12 mm) higher to offer more headroom and comfort for rear-seat passengers. This contributes to increased headroom at all seats and the overall feeling of interior spaciousness. At the same time, the short front- and rear-overhangs, the long wheelbase relative to the vehicle length, and the set-back passenger compartment are typical BMW touches that add to the perfect balance of the body design and the sleek appearance of this car, which is derived conceptually from the elegant BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe.

    Elegant coupe with the convenience of a sedan.

    “Taking its cue from a large BMW coupe, the new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe combines
    a dynamic and sleek silhouette with additional functionality and more spaciousness in the
    rear passenger compartment.”
    Won Kyu Kang, exterior designer responsible for the BMW 4 Series.
    Like the two-door version, the sporty dimensions of the 4 Series Gran Coupe are a
    reflection of its dynamic handling characteristics. The stretched roofline, four frameless
    doors and a wide, electrically operated tailgate provide the functionality of a sedan within
    the silhouette of a coupe. The volume of the trunk is 17 cu-ft (480 liters), based on EU
    measurements. The back of the rear seat can be folded down in a 40:20:40 configuration
    as desired to increase the load capacity to 45.9 cu-ft (1,300 liters). The flat floor and a
    two-part loading strip made of stainless steel are practical convenience elements,
    combined with premium materials. The BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe can easily transport a
    baby stroller, two golf bags or weekend luggage for four without using the folding

    In contrast to a two-door coupe, the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe offers passengers easier
    access when entering or leaving the vehicle, thanks to the four-door configuration. The
    doors are frameless, having the characteristic design features of BMW midsize coupes.
    The wide-access tailgate blends perfectly with the overall silhouette. When closed, the
    precise flow of the lid seams simulates the look of a typical coupe trunk. The standard
    electric drives that help move the tailgate are installed vertically and require very little
    space. Thus the area of the rear window is much larger and provides very good visibility,
    without limiting available space.

    At first glance, the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe is an expression of dynamics and refined
    elegance. With a length of 182.6” (4,638 mm), a width of 71.9” (1,825 mm) and a
    wheelbase of 110.6” (2,810 mm), the four-door variant has the same dimensions as the
    two-door coupe. The track dimensions of both versions – 60.8” (1,545 mm) front and
    62.8” (1,594 mm) rear – are identical and highlight the dynamic potential of the
    BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe. The silhouette of the four-door model is 0.5” (12 mm) higher
    than the two-door. The stretched roofline flows gently across both rear doors and blends
    into the slightly raised and short rear section of the car.
    Athletic, elegant and powerful from any perspective.

    The BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe is instantly recognizable from classic BMW design
    features such as the iconic kidney grille and dual round-headlight clusters. The body
    contours are executed with precision, with multifaceted surfaces that distinguish the eyecatching
    look upfront. Full LED dual headlights can be ordered as an option to bolster the
    dynamic aura of the vehicle. The three-part wide air-intakes in the front apron emphasize
    this effect. The extreme left and right apron-corners reveal vertical air channels for the Air
    Curtains. They generate a veil of air around the front wheels, enhancing the aerodynamic
    efficiency of the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe.

    The profile is distinguished by a bold swage line and a subtle light-catching
    edge that create the impression of forward movement in the design of the
    BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe. Stretched lines and expressively contoured surfaces
    generate a dynamic interplay of light and shadows. The gentle slope of the roofline
    stretches the appearance of the sides even more and visually strengthens the presence
    of the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe. The taut and smooth appearance of the side windows,
    with a B-pillar finished in high-gloss black that is nearly invisible, creates a homogeneous
    profile. The rear edge of the side glass provides a modern interpretation of the
    Hofmeister kink that is characteristic of BMW vehicles. This extended window surface
    allows more light into the interior and improves the overall visibility in the rear passenger
    The rear of the car features clear horizontal lines that accentuate its athletic elegance.
    The taillights are positioned at the outer edges to receive the swage lines, thus serving as
    transitional design elements that join the body side-panels with the rear section. At the
    same time, they highlight the wide track and powerfully flared wheel arches. When viewed
    from the rear, the roof of the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe is somewhat wider than that of
    the two-door version, emphasizing its unique character.
    Stylish elegance and sportiness dominate in the interior.
    “The interior of the four-door coupe unifies the seemingly contradictory character of a
    dynamic two-door coupe with the elegance and utility of a BMW Sedan or a
    BMW Gran Turismo.”
    Tim Shih, interior designer responsible for the new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe.

    The interior of the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe presents a stylish fusion of sporty allure
    and luxury. An approach known as layering – the intelligent utilization of space through the
    structuring of lines and surfaces into layers – expresses the hallmark BMW driver
    orientation without compromising the passenger experience. The stylish and functional
    elegance of the interior is highlighted by prominent round instruments with a black panel
    look and the free-standing flat-screen iDrive monitor. The cockpit and rear passenger
    compartment are visually joined by trim strips originating in the instrument panel, and
    extending along the upper sections of the door panels into the rear, and embellished by
    dual-color window sills. The B-pillar blends into the side panel design and includes
    flowing graphic effects across the entire surface. The side supports and slender head
    restraints in the rear seat are contoured for a modern, seemingly molded one-piece look
    that adds to the sporty character of the 4+1 seater.
    The backrest can be folded in 40:20:40 configurations to create more luggage and
    storage space as required – with a flat floor for easy loading and unloading. When the seat
    is completely folded down, the maximum volume capacity is 45.9 cu-ft (1,300 liters),
    based on EU measure. If only the center segment is folded, four people can ride
    comfortably while transporting long and bulky items like snowboards, skis, etc. When not
    folded down, this middle section provides space for two cup holders. The Smart Opener
    function of Comfort Access is included as part of the Premium Package on U.S. models,
    and it automatically opens the tailgate via gesture control – namely a foot movement
    underneath the rear bumper when arms are full carrying groceries, packages, etc.
    Exclusive: choice of two lines or M Sport.

    The premium ambience of the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe results from exclusive colors,
    high-quality and rich material combinations along with special equipment packages for a
    customized look. In addition to the standard equipment, which highlights the classic
    character of the vehicle, two design Lines (Sport and Luxury), as well as M Sport, are
    available. These optional packages endow each 4 Series Gran Coupe with a particular
    character and identity by embellishing the interior and exterior of the vehicle. Sport and
    Luxury lines offer various renditions of the following elements in contrast to the basic
    standard equipment: appearance and color of the kidney grille and air intakes, Air
    Breathers and mirror covers, side-window design, front and rear apron trim, door sill
    finishers, and an interior center stack finished in high-gloss black.

    To make the strongest dynamic statement, the M Sport package is also available at
    model launch with special body elements, exterior colors, light-alloy wheels and interior
    Sport Line: In this optional equipment line, special body elements are highlighted in
    black. The subtle B-pillar and the nine slats in the chrome-colored kidney grille have a
    high-gloss black finish, whereas the side-window elements are finished in matt black. The
    air intakes in the front spoiler and the Air Breathers in high-gloss black draw attention to
    the aerodynamic elements of the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe. The sporty look is
    enhanced even more with 18-inch or 19-inch light-alloy wheels with a dynamic doublespoke
    design. The rear is also distinguished by dark elements. A black trim strip and a
    tailpipe embellisher finished in black chrome stand for sporty dynamics. The interior, by
    contrast, expresses sporty flair with red accents. For example, the inner rings of the dash
    instruments and contrast stitching on the steering wheel are red. This character can be
    highlighted further in the 4 Series Gran Coupe with additional options, such as the Coral
    Red Dakota leather interior with red, lower dashboard.
    Luxury Line: Bright chrome that highlights subtle accents contributes to the
    exceptionally elegant character of the vehicle. The 11 grille slats with chrome-colored
    fronts and the bright, dual crossbar in the front apron’s air intakes are very classy touches.
    The Air Breathers and high-gloss chrome window details add to the appealing look.
    Light-alloy wheels – 18-inch or 19-inch – with an intricate multi-spoke design reflect
    extravagance. From the rear, the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe can be identified by the
    tailpipe and horizontal trim-strip in the rear apron, all finished in high-gloss chrome.
    Chrome accents also harmonize with the luxurious interior. The enclosure surrounding
    the audio system and air conditioning controls, as well as the circular rings highlighting
    the instrumentation, are eye-catching touches. Premium leather, finely crafted with
    precise stitching, is available in four classic and elegant colors such as Saddle Brown as
    well as the new Ivory White that is exclusive to the 4 Series Gran Coupe.
    M Sport: The technology, functions and extraordinary driving dynamics that distinguish
    every BMW automobile are also evident in the DNA of the 4 Series Gran Coupe. Of
    course, these can be augmented with M Sport, which is available at launch. This
    equipment package is comprised of elements that emphasize street performance – for
    example, aerodynamic features like the large air-intake up front, the diffuser insert in the
    rear bumper and rocker panel trim matching the color of the vehicle. The characteristic M
    styling of the 18-inch and 19-inch light-alloy wheels adds to the bold impression. Six
    exterior colors are offered with M Sport, including exclusive choices such as Carbon Black
    Metallic (which is available for the first time on any 4 Series) and Estoril Blue Metallic.
    Inside the car, features such as M door-sill finishers, an M leather steering wheel and an
    M driver’s footrest shape the sporty yet elegant ambience. The driver and front
    passenger can settle into the dynamic-looking and elegant sport seats upholstered in
    either SensaTec or supple Dakota Leather.
    Technical features of this package include M Sport suspension and the optional M Sport
    brakes with calipers in contrasting blue paint-finish.
    Engines feature BMW TwinPower Turbo technology.
    The new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe offers a choice of two powerful and efficient engines
    in the U.S. featuring the latest BMW TwinPower Turbo technology. The range includes
    the 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine in the BMW 435i Gran Coupe as well as the light
    and powerful 2.0-liter four-cylinder in the BMW 428i Gran Coupe.
    The power from the engines is delivered to the rear wheels via the standard eight-speed
    sport Steptronic transmission. All BMW 4 Series Gran Coupes feature the

    Auto Start Stop function.
    At model launch, the BMW 428i Gran Coupe can be optionally equipped with
    BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive technology.
    The performance and torque delivered by ultramodern BMW engines is due in large part
    to TwinPower Turbo technology. This technology includes innovative solutions such as
    high-precision direct injection, a turbocharger operating according to the Twin-Scroll
    principle, double VANOS variable-camshaft timing and VALVETRONIC variable valve
    control. The low-friction engines are also equipped with an aluminum crankcase. This
    technology package is unrivalled worldwide and combines high performance with utmost
    BMW 435i Gran Coupe: inline six-cylinder engine with bold performance,
    powerful torque and silken smoothness.

    The large-displacement, inline six-cylinder in the new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe
    delivers power with high-revving characteristics and extraordinary smoothness.
    The 3.0-liter power plant delivers 300 hp between 5,800 rpm and 6,000 rpm, thus
    contributing to the sovereign dynamics of the new Gran Coupe. Peak torque of
    300 lb-ft is generated as low down as 1,300 rpm and remains on tap up to 5,000 rpm.
    The new BMW 435i Gran Coupe sprints from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.9 seconds.
    While official U.S EPA numbers are not yet available for the 435i Gran Coupe, they
    are expected to be in line with the 435i Coupe, which is rated at 22 mpg city/32 mpg
    highway/25 mpg combined.
    BMW 428i Gran Coupe: four cylinders and the ideal balance between sportiness and efficiency.
    Superior performance, spirited power development, high-revving characteristics and low
    weight: these are the qualities of the innovative four-cylinder petrol engine in the
    BMW 428i Gran Coupe that ensure a perfect balance between dynamic performance and
    efficiency. The BMW TwinPower Turbo engine combines high-revving characteristics
    and high-performance output with low fuel consumption and reduced emissions. The
    2.0-liter engine delivers a maximum power output of 240 hp, which is reached between
    5,000 and 6,500 rpm. Peak torque of 255 lb-ft is generated between 1,250 rpm and
    4,800 rpm. The new BMW 428i Gran Coupe sprints from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.7
    seconds. Official U.S. EPA numbers are not yet available for the 428i Gran Coupe; they
    are expected to be in line with the 428i Coupe, which is rated at 23 mpg city/35 mpg
    highway/27 mpg combined.

    BMW xDrive: intelligent all-wheel drive for two engine variants.
    At model launch, the BMW 428i Gran Coupe can be optionally equipped with
    BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive technology as an alternative to classic rear-wheel
    drive. In addition to the typical all-wheel drive benefits, such as optimal transmission of
    engine power to the road, outstanding traction and maximum safety, BMW xDrive
    reduces understeer and oversteer in curves and thus contributes to agile and precise
    handling, especially when entering into and accelerating out of curves. The all-wheel
    system even compensates for sudden load shifts with ease – drivers will immediately feel
    the dynamic qualities of the new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe. The 435i Gran Coupe will
    be made available with xDrive later in the year.
    Eight-speed sport Steptronic automatic standard.

    Fast gear changes and outstanding shift comfort are qualities delivered by the eightspeed
    sport Steptronic transmission. Extra shift phases keep increases in rpm small
    between gear changes, and that contributes to optimal transmission of engine power in
    every driving situation. Numerous technological innovations and a remarkably high degree
    of internal efficiency ensure that fuel consumption and emissions do not rise. The
    intelligent management and control technology also results in extremely short shifting and
    response times, along with direct gear engagement.
    The standard eight-speed sport Steptronic transmission also rewards drivers with a
    sporty, “hands-on” experience – they can rely on automatic shifting or manually change
    gears themselves by using shift paddles on the steering wheel. Drive Mode and Sport
    Mode are selected with the Driving Dynamics Control on the center console.
    Elaborate suspension technology for the highest degree of comfort, typical
    BMW handling characteristics, steering and driving precision.
    Rear-wheel drive, steering free from drivetrain influences and well-balanced 50:50 weight
    distribution create the ideal preconditions for dynamic performance, excellent directional
    stability and agile handling characteristics. A low center of gravity, a meticulously tuned
    suspension setup and an intelligent, lightweight construction concept result in a firstclass
    overall package that combines seemingly contradictory qualities such as maximum
    dynamics and outstanding riding comfort in a unique way.
    The BMW 4 Series Coupe provides the basis for sporting performance.
    The suspension of the new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe is modeled on that of the twodoor
    model variant and has the corresponding dimensions. The wheelbase measures
    110.6” (2,810 mm), the track width 60.8” (1,545 mm) at the front and 62.8” (1,594 mm)
    at the rear. The rear track on xDrive variants is 62.6” (1,544 mm). While the axle and
    elastokinematics correspond to that of the BMW 4 Series Coupe, suspension and
    damping were tailored exclusively to the four-door version.
    Lastly, specific car-body reinforcement measures and an innovative strut concept
    within the front and rear sections of the vehicle help to enhance steering precision
    and response. Nevertheless, the four-door coupe is only marginally heavier than the
    two-door variant and even lighter than its competitors. Consequently, the new
    BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe is characterized by driving dynamics, agile handling
    characteristics and a high level of precision. Ride comfort remains at a very high level,

    so the dynamic four-door presents itself as a vehicle that is completely suitable for
    everyday use.Aluminum double-pivot spring-strut suspension up front.
    The front suspension of the new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe is based on the tried and
    tested double-joint spring-strut aluminum construction, which combines maximum
    stiffness with minimum weight and significantly reduces unsprung masses. Furthermore,
    a torsion bar located between the front axle support and the sill creates an overall stiffer
    connection between the front wheels and the vehicle. Models with BMW xDrive all-wheel
    drive technology feature a special combination comprising a load-bearing strut and
    transverse brace. An additional strut connecting the suspension domes and the bulkhead
    significantly enhances the stiffness of the front end. Therefore, the new
    BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe responds very directly to the driver’s steering inputs, resulting
    in sporty and agile handling and allowing the car to corner effortlessly and with the
    highest degree of precision.

    Five-arm rear suspension for comfort and active driving.
    The rear suspension of the new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe plays a critical role in
    boosting the car’s dynamic ability and motoring comfort. The proven five-arm concept
    features extra-wide mounts and supports on the wheel carriers for track and camber,
    slightly repositioned pivot points, ultra-stiff control arms and axle subframes. It uses thrust
    arms to connect the suspension with the body. This layout provides the basis for a sporty
    overall set-up combined with excellent comfort characteristics. As a result, the rear
    suspension guarantees precise wheel guidance, maximum directional stability and
    exemplary ride comfort.
    Servotronic as standard, variable sports steering as an option.
    The new BMW 4 Series Gran Coup features standard Servotronic power steering. The
    system provides speed-sensitive power assistance and the clearly defined mapping
    results in sharper steering feel and feedback. The new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe can be
    equipped with variable sports steering as an option. This uses different steering ratios
    depending on the amount of lock applied. Only a small amount of steering effort is
    required for maneuvering, for example, while unbeatable tracking and straightline stability
    at high speeds are guaranteed.

    High-performance and lightweight brake system.

    The new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe comes equipped with powerful swing-caliper or
    fixed-caliper brakes and large, inner-vented brake discs. The front calipers are made of
    aluminum. As well as boasting low unsprung masses, the brakes also give superior heat
    tolerance, excellent wet-braking performance, ease of use and excellent feel. A brake pad
    wear indicator and the Brake Drying function are standard on all models.
    Intelligent lightweight construction: reduced weight, maximum stability.
    The weight optimization of all components significantly influences the dynamic
    performance of the new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe. Intelligent lightweight design, a
    complex bodywork construction and the innovative strut concept all provide a level of
    body stiffness that is on par with that of the two-door model variant. This is why the fourdoor
    Gran Coupe provides levels of agility and precision that one would expect of a BMW
    sports coupe. The use of high-strength and extra-high-strength multi-phase steel as well
    as tailored blanks – customized precision components for specific applications –
    maximizes the degree of stability at an optimized weight. Crucial, stiffness-enhancing
    components are made of micro-alloyed steel. As a result, the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe
    features torsional rigidity that matches that of the two-door model variant.
    Aerodynamics: clever detail solutions for reducing consumption.
    The reduction of air resistance enhances driving dynamics and reduces consumption.
    Optimization measures on the front apron and at the rear, as well as the streamlined,
    smooth-surfaced underbody, help the new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe achieve a
    remarkable aerodynamic drag coefficient (Cd) of 0.27. For example, the BMW Air Curtains
    in the front apron generate a veil of air that reduces turbulence – and therefore drag –
    around the front wheels. In order to further optimize driving dynamics, the new
    BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe features aerodynamically designed wheel arches and air lips
    positioned in front of them. The Air Breathers positioned rearwards of the front-wheel
    arches divert some of the air flowing through the wheel arches, thereby reducing
    air resistance.

    Adaptive suspension, M Sport suspension and M Sport brakes.
    An M Sport suspension with a firmer spring/damper setup and more robust front and rear
    anti-roll bars is available as an option for the new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe, and can
    also be ordered separately from the M Sport package. 18-inch or 19-inch M light alloys
    are also included in this particular case. Alternatively, customers may prefer to specify
    adaptive suspension – with its focused sporting setup and electronically controlled shock
    absorbers – which adjusts the damper mapping to the road surface and driving situation
    at hand. BMW also offers an M Sport brake system for the new Gran Coupe. The team of
    aluminum fixed-calipers (four-piston at the front, two-piston at the rear) and generously
    sized discs provide ideal preconditions for very short stopping distances.
    Sportier, more comfortable or more efficient at the push of a button.
    In addition to superior driving dynamics, the new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe delivers a
    high level of motoring comfort. Using Driving Dynamics Control, the driver can change the
    vehicle’s overall characteristic according to each driving situation or personal preference
    to either a sporty or comfortable setting. Accelerator pedal progression, engine response,
    power-steering characteristics and response thresholds of DSC Dynamic Stability Control
    are influenced by this. The system also interacts with the Steptronic transmission and the
    optional Dynamic Damper Control. Drivers can select their desired mode – ECO PRO,
    COMFORT, SPORT and even SPORT+. Each of these predefined setups activates
    different settings for the relevant powertrain and suspension components.
    BMW EfficientDynamics: better performance, better fuel economy.
    Impressive performance coupled with exemplary efficiency is based on the
    BMW EfficientDynamics development strategy, the results of which are implemented in
    almost all areas on the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe. The optimized fuel economy of the
    engines, transmissions delivering a high level of efficiency, the intelligent lightweight
    construction concept, honed aerodynamics and other efficiency-enhancing technologies
    incorporated into the new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe all help to optimize driving
    dynamics, while at the same time reducing consumption and emissions.
    Package of measures to consistently reduce emissions and increase the
    pleasure of driving.

    The new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe features an Auto Start Stop function to bring about
    additional economy advantages. Brake Energy Regeneration, which is also a standard
    feature, ensures that the generation of electric current for the onboard electrical systems
    concentrates on the overrun and braking phases. ECO PRO mode in particular helps the
    driver of the new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe to achieve the best possible fuel efficiency.
    ECO PRO influences the engine control unit and the characteristic curve of the
    accelerator pedal. In addition, it contributes to intelligent energy and climate
    management. The driver is also provided with tips on how to reduce energy consumption
    even further for the best possible motoring efficiency.

    In conjunction with the Steptronic transmission, the new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe also
    features a coasting mode. At speeds of between 30 and 100 mph (50 and 160 km/h), in
    ECO PRO mode, the drivetrain is disconnected as soon as the driver lifts off the
    accelerator pedal. As a result, the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe vehicle is able to ‘sail’
    without engine power, thereby also achieving maximum fuel efficiency.
    The ancillary units are also incorporated into the intelligent energy-management system
    of the new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe. Examples include the demand-controlled coolant
    pump, the map-controlled oil pump as well as electromechanical power steering, whose
    electric motor only uses energy when power steering is required. The same is true for the
    on-demand air-conditioning compressor, which reduces the system’s power loss to
    a minimum.Intelligent lightweight construction reduces consumption.
    Systematic lightweight construction plays a major part in increasing efficiency and agility.
    This concept is applied in all areas of development and comprises all components. The
    targeted utilization of plastics, state-of-the-art composites and the increased deployment
    of aluminum components in the manufacture of engines and suspensions have helped
    reduce the weight of the corresponding assembly groups. All these measures have a
    positive effect on the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe’s driving dynamics.
    BMW ConnectedDrive: comfort, safety and infotainment.
    The networking of driver, vehicle and the outside world with new assistance systems and
    information and entertainment features is increasingly enhancing safety and comfort
    within the vehicle. BMW was early in recognizing the significance of networking and
    began integrating the digital world in its cars many years ago. The BMW ConnectedDrive
    systems offered in the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe either as standard or as an option
    underline the technological leadership. The extraordinarily high level of development in
    mobile automotive communication is reflected in the fact that even after purchasing a
    BMW, customers can, for a limited period of time, flexibly order and subscribe to a range
    of technologies and services.
    Navigation System: operation with touch-controller.
    The latest generation of the Navigation System has a significantly greater breadth of
    functionality and a high-resolution, contrast-rich, color display. The graphics of the
    previous user-interface have been completely revised and the navigation system’s maps
    now have 3D elements. The central Control Display is operated in the familiar way using
    the ergonomically perfectly positioned iDrive touch-controller in the center console, which
    now has an integral, new touch-sensitive surface and proximity-sensor technology for
    even more convenient use. Users can use their finger to write characters or to enter
    destinations in the navigation system. They can now choose between using their
    handwriting or conventionally entering the destinations by rotating and pressing the

    Head-Up Display: full-color, high-resolution.
    In the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe, all information relevant to the driver is presented by the
    Head-Up Display directly in the driver’s line of vision. The information from the assistance
    systems, the navigation system or information pertaining to speed is projected onto the
    windshield in a particularly brilliant resolution using the full color spectrum. The wide
    variety of driver assistance systems now available brings the amount of information that
    can be shown in the Head-Up Display to a whole new level.
    Advanced Real-Time Traffic Information: the smart way to avoid congestion.
    The quality of traffic management depends on the quality and timeliness of traffic data
    available. The optional ARTTI (Advanced Real-Time Traffic Information) system from
    BMW transmits data quickly and accurately via the mobile-phone network. A SIM card
    integrated in the vehicle receives traffic data in real time and then calculates routes or
    detours instantly. ARTTI covers interstate highways and state highways as well as
    primary, secondary or even tertiary roads. Data is additionally obtained from localauthority
    traffic-management systems to provide precise information on traffic density.
    ARTTI is included with the Navigation System option in the U.S.
    Active Driving Assistant warns the driver of potential collisions – including
    those involving pedestrians.
    The Active Driving Assistant uses intelligently networked camera-based assistant
    systems and image-processing to detect any people or vehicles within its field of vision.
    The movements of pedestrians are difficult to anticipate – they stop or suddenly change
    direction. Therefore, they impose much higher demands on the detection capabilities of
    assistant systems than vehicles driving ahead. When the system recognizes a looming
    risk of collision, it produces an acute audible warning and a visual signal appears in the
    instrument cluster or the Head-Up Display to alert the driver that he or she is drawing too
    close. The system ideally avoids a collision or, should worst come to worse, significantly
    reduces the consequences of an impact.

    Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go function: a system of many talents.
    More active safety and more comfort are provided by the latest version of BMW’s
    Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go function (ACC Stop&Go). It uses the data provided
    by the full-range radar sensors, continuously measures the proximity of the vehicle ahead
    and warns the BMW driver if necessary. Active Cruise Control with automatic distance
    control is now available at speeds between 20 and 130 mph (30 km/h and 210 km/h).
    Active Blind Spot Detection and Lane Departure Warning systems use
    sensors and camera monitoring.

    Active Blind Spot Detection and Lane Departure Warning are convenience- and
    safety-enhancing assistance systems. These systems employ radar sensors and use the
    data from the front camera to alert drivers to potential collision risks when changing lanes,
    or if they veer out of lane unintentionally, and also issue a warning when driving too close
    to the vehicle ahead. The Lane Departure Warning system is only available as part of the
    Active Driving Assistant.
    Speed Limit Info: always up-to-date.
    In conjunction with the Navigation System, Speed Limit Info helps to keep the driver
    informed of the speed limit for the current stretch of road. The front-mounted camera
    ensures that additional signs or variable overhead gantry signs are taken into account. In
    addition, the system is able to reliably identify and react to temporary speed limits. When
    the window wipers are active, the system also detects signs that are valid in wet
    conditions only. In conjunction with the exact onboard time, speed limits which are only in
    force at certain times of day or night are presented.
    Improved sight at night: full LED headlights with High Beam Assistant.
    The bright white light emitted by full LED headlights illuminates the road ahead with an
    exceptional intensity. The High Beam Assistant can also adapt to the traffic situation by
    switching to low beam. In conjunction with the front camera, the system reliably detects
    well-lit stretches of road and switches to low beam when passing through cities, for
    example. The LED headlights with High Beam Assistant significantly increase the usage
    of high beam and therefore provide for better sight and increased safety when driving at
    night. When LED headlights are fitted, the optional fog lights are also implemented in
    LED technology, which further accentuates the premium character of the car’s features
    and equipment.

    Superb overview and convenient parking.
    In addition to the rear-view camera and PDC Park Distance Control, customers can also
    opt for the Surround View function with Side View and TopView, which provides a bird’seye-
    view of the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe and the area around it, enabling the driver to
    carry out precise maneuvers in tight spaces. If the car’s speed is under about 12 mph
    (20 km/h), the Side View function can additionally be activated to allow the driver to keep
    an eye on cross traffic. Convenience is further enhanced by the BMW Parking Assistant
    system, which is able to maneuver the car into parking spaces parallel to the direction of
    travel. Sensors detect possible parking spaces while driving by and the system perfectly
    maneuvers the car into the parking spot, if desired. The driver controls the speed by
    applying the accelerator and the brake pedal as well as switch between the forward and
    reverse gear.


    Posted: February 6, 2014, 4:59 pm



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