Those who made fun of the four-door 4 Series’ redundant premise as a four-door version of a two-door version of a four-door car might soon have their armchair product planner licenses revoked, because BMW’s more practical 4er is getting a sequel. The second-generation 2022 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe is here and it combines one easily mockable BMW-ism—four-door coupes—with another: the bucktooth 4 Series grille.
It’s essentially the perfect car for the cross-section of people who want the big vertical grilles with four doors… but don’t want to spring for the high-performance M3 or the electric i4. In fact, its shape should be familiar to those who have already seen the recently-revealed i4 since, style-wise, this looks pretty much like BMW’s new EV but with all of its “electric-y” elements stripped away.
Just like the Coupe and Convertible versions of this car, there are two powertrains to choose from. A rear-wheel-drive 430i Gran Coupe uses a 2.0-liter turbo-four to make 255 horsepower while the all-wheel-drive M440i xDrive Gran Coupe is powered by a 3.0-liter turbocharged straight-six making 382 hp. The four-door M440i gets from zero to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds, 0.1 seconds slower than the equivalent Coupe which happens to weigh 192 pounds less. Meanwhile, the four-door 430i gets to 60 in 5.8 seconds. Neither of them, however, can match the electric i4 M50’s 62 mph time of 3.9 seconds.
In any case, all-wheel-drive 430i xDrive and rear-drive M440i versions of the Gran Coupe will be introduced in the near future.
For now, however, the 2022 BMW 430i Gran Coupe will start at $45,795 while the M440i xDrive GC will cost at least $58,995. Both are scheduled to become available in August.
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