Among BMW’s newest nameplates is the 2017 4 Series. The BMW 4 Series was introduced three years ago as a replacement for the previous-generation 3 Series Coupe. Surprisingly, even with three years in the rivalry-infested murky waters of the luxury sport segment, the BMW 4 Series is yet to get any revised interior and exterior features and which we have no problem with by the way. However, we’re happy to report the model will now be getting some mid-cycle refreshments for the new model year. More news including the release date, price, and changes to the exterior and interior are covered below in this review. So keep reading.
The news of the mild exterior facelifts came from our trusted spy photographers who caught the 2017 BMW 4 Series undergoing testing in Europe. And as is often the norm with German brands, an exterior update almost equals an interior update as well.
Shoppers looking for a luxury sport coupe or convertible will arguably find the BMW 4 Series to be an appealing option thanks to its powerful yet efficient engines, dynamic handling, spacious seating, and upscale interior. Once you’re behind the wheels of the 4 Series it doesn’t take one long to understand why the model has been the consensus favorite among luxury convertibles and coupes. Relative to its 3 Series predecessor, you might have heard some noise about the 4 Series diminished “feel.” While there’s some truth to that, the truth of the matter is that no other competitor within and without its class that can rival its top-notch technology and luxury, and engaging driving demeanor.
The new model has a lot of style, just like its immediate predecessor and the 3 Series. Relative to the 3 Series however, it is wider and lower giving it a sleeker look. For 2017, the 4 Series’ appeal is burnished a bit in order to keep up with the Joneses of the segment. And although the full specs haven’t been released, it is unlikely that the new model will get any performance updates. That said, expect the least powerful vehicle to come equipped with a 240-horsepower – generating turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine and the most powerful with a 320-horsepower turbocharged 3.0L six-cylinder engine.
The segment isn’t however wanting of alternatives. While their impeccable performance and appointment is no-brainer, the 4 Series is undoubtedly a dominant force in this class. Rivals include the Ford Mustang GT, Infiniti Q60, Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe, and 2017 Audi A5.
2017 BMW 4 Series Release Date & Price
Pricing is expected to remain steady with very few exceptions. At the lowest end is the BMW 428i Coupe at $41,850, the BMW 428i SULEV Coupe at $41,850, the BMW 428i xDrive SULEV Coupe at $43,850, while the BMW 435i and the BMW 435i xDrive Coupe are the top-of-the-trim levels available with an MSRP starting from $48,150 and $50,150 respectively. Leasing will be an option.
2017 BMW 4 Series Exterior
The camouflage covers only the front and rear fascias, as is evident from the spy photos available. Given the side profiles don’t change, it’d be safe to assume that no significant changes can be expected. The overall shape of the headlights and bumper remain the same too. The lower apron nevertheless sports some changes, as do the lower grille, center of the bumper, and the foglights. The changes around back are minimal save for the taillights and the bumper that get updates graphics. Aside from the design changes, the color palette is also expected to feature several additions.
2017 BMW 4 Series Interior
No teaser photos of the interior have been offered by BMW to this end. But if previous facelifts are any indication, then little or no changes should be expected. Upgrades to the upholstery and technologies should however be expected.
Two trims are expected, that is, if BMW doesn’t make any changes for the 2017 BMW 4 Series. The two trims are: BMW 428i, and BMW 435i. The BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe review is offered elsewhere.
Rumors are rife that the new BMW 4 Series will get an all-aluminum powerplant – a twin-turbocharged 3.0L sic-cylinder engine – that will offer 320 horsepower and 330 lbs. ft. of torque, and will act as the replacement for the existing 300-horsepower – generating 3.0L six-cylinder engine available for the BMW 435i model. The BMW 428i model is however expected to carry over unchanged with its four-cylinder 2.0L turbocharged engine that offers 240 ponies and 255 lbs. ft. of torque.
Specifications 2017 BMW 4 Series coupe
Wheelbase: 9 ft. 2.6 in. (110.6 in.)
Length: 15 ft. 2.6 in. (182.6 in.)
Width: 5 ft. 11.9 in. (71.9 in.)
Passenger volume: 90 ft³
Cargo volume: 16 ft³
Curb weight: 3781 lb
Top Speed: 127 mph
0-60: 4.5 sec
MPG: 23/35 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Alpine White, Black Sapphire Metallic, Estoril Blue Metallic, Glacier Silver Metallic, Imperial Blue Metallic, Jet Black, Melbourne Red Metallic, Midnight Blue Metallic, Mineral Grey Metallic…
Towing Capacity: N/A lbs
The list of driver-assist technologies to expect hasn’t been offered yet, however, standard technologies such as traction and stability control, antilock disc brakes, parking sensors, automatic braking, a lane-departure warning, blind-spot warning, a rearview camera, and a frontal-collision warning system, should be expected. The government crash testing report will be available on its release date.