Practicality in Coupe Skin

Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia), April 5, 2014 | Go to article overview

Practicality in Coupe Skin


NICHES within niches have become commonplace for the premium brands.

They are answering questions no one ever asked.

But buyers are responding, embracing the various model lines and the copious options that are available to create bespoke vehicles.

BMW has been leading the charge with a swag of new offerings, and will continue its product onslaught in June with the arrival of the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe starting from $70K.

It will complement the 4 Series family, which was recently launched in two-door coupe and convertible derivatives.

This continues the brand's shift in naming convention, where coupes and convertibles wear even numbers. Odds are restricted to sedans, wagons and hatches.

According to BMW Group Australia managing director Phil Horton, this new offering will appeal to a wider audience.

"The Gran Coupe variant adds more functionality to the BMW 4 Series without compromising any of the aesthetics or driving enjoyment of the vehicle," he said.

"And in line with BMW's strategic product direction, the additional functionality will not come at a premium. The 4 Series Gran Coupe will be similarly equipped and identically priced to the equivalent two-door Coupe models."

Boasting nearly identical exterior dimensions to its two-door stablemate, the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe is 4638mm in length, 1825mm wide and shares the same wheelbase and track of the Coupe.

The major difference between the Coupe and the Gran Coupe lies in the roofline, which sits 12mm higher and extends a further 112mm towards the rear of the car. …

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