BMW launches second-gen 4 Series Gran Coupe in Singapore; three variants available, pricing starts from S$273,888 with COE
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The second-generation BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe has arrived in Singapore, with local BMW dealer Performance Motors Limited launching the car at a media event this week. Prices start at S$273,888 with COE for the 420i Gran Coupe M Sport, rising to S$330,888 with COE for the 430i Gran Coupe M Sport Pro. The range is topped off by the M440i xDrive Gran Coupe, which retails for S$409,888 with COE.
We’ve covered the new 4 GC (as we’ll call it from hereon) during its global unveil earlier this year, but in sum, the car has grown in dimensions all round from its predecessor, with the car being 143mm longer, 27mm wider and 53mm taller than before.
Wheelbase has also increased by 46mm, translating to more legroom for rear passengers, but the boot space has dropped slightly by 10 litres, to 470 litres from 480 litres previously. The overall silhouette remains true to its predecessor however, with its sleek profile and sloping roofline giving it a more coupe-like stance as compared to the 3 Series sedan.
Like the regular 4 Series Coupe and Convertible models, the 4 GC features the distinctive large double kidney grilles that mark the car out from its 3 Series cousin. The slim headlights up front are full LED items, but there’s also the option of BMW’s Laserlight adaptive items with high beam assistant.
The 420i GC is only available with BMW’s M Sport trim, which means sporty M styling bits, as well as the M Sport suspension as standard. The 430i GC meanwhile is available with the M Sport Pro package as standard, which includes 19-inch wheels, darkened head and taillights, M Sport brakes, adaptive suspension, and an upgraded sound system, among other additions.
The flagship M440i xDrive Gran Coupe (the only unit present at the launch event) meanwhile is distinguished via its different grille design, additional chrome bits, unique tailpipes, and the bigger rear diffuser, along with numerous M badges littered throughout the car.
The M440i GC is also the only 4 Series model in Singapore to have a six-cylinder engine, and its 3.0-litre turbocharged straight-six puts out 374hp and 500Nm of torque, allowing it to go from 0-100km/h in 4.7 seconds. It also features an M Sport differential with an electronically controlled, fully variable locking function in the rear differential.
Both the 420i and 430i GC meanwhile uses 2.0-litre turbocharged four-pots, and in the former it produces 184hp and 300Nm of torque, good for a 0-100km/h sprint time of 7.9 seconds. In the 430i GC, the engine develops 245hp and 400Nm of torque, enabling it to go from 0-100km/h in 6.2 seconds.
Later next year, the range will be joined by the i4 (above), which is a fully electric version of the 4 GC. Other engine variants have not been confirmed as yet, but at a roundtable discussion with the media last week, the car’s project manager, Andres Ederer, says that they will not rule out the introduction of mild hybrid powertrains for the car later down the line, with currently only the top-line M440i GC featuring the technology.
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Like most recent new BMWs, the 4 GC is well connected, with most of the stuff found on the 4 Series Coupe and Convertible also found here. That means the 10.25-inch infotainment touchscreen that incorporates the latest BMW Operating System 7, which allows for over-the-air system updates. There is also a 12.3-inch all-digital driver instrument display, while BMW’s Intelligent Personal Assistant voice control system is also standard.
The 4 GC also boasts plenty of safety and driver assistance systems, with features such as Active Cruise Control, Steering and Lane Control Assistant, Lane Departure Warning, and Parking Assistant with Reversing Assistant available as standard.
The first 4 GC debuted in 2014, and went on to form nearly 50 percent of 4 Series sales worldwide, according to BMW. That percentage rose even higher in Singapore, with BMW Asia stating that the 4 GC formed 70 percent of all 4 Series sales here, making the new version a crucial model for the brand. BMW expects a similar ratio of sales for the new 4 GC, and notes that there has already been strong interest in the car following its launch here.
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