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The BMW 4 Series Coupe is now here
DISCERNING MOTORISTS who seek a heightened level of car athleticism and exclusivity are in for a treat, as SMC Asia Car Distributors Corp. — the country’s official importer and distributor of BMW vehicles — recently launched the much-anticipated BMW 4 Series Coupe in the Philippines. The 4 Series is the sister model of BMW’s highly popular 3 Series; also manufactured in Munich but set apart via its knack for greater sporting ability and driving exclusivity.
The new BMW 4 Series Coupe now takes a significant design departure from the 3 Series — characterized by its controversially large, front kidney grille (which is inspired by the 1930s BMW 328) — in order to better distinguish the two models from each other. It is now locally available in two variants: the 420i Model Advantage and the 420i M Sport.
Both are equipped with a 2.0-liter BMW TwinPower turbo four-cylinder gasoline engine paired with an eight-speed Steptronic automatic transmission (Steptronic Sport transmission in the M Sport variant). The said engine offers a robust 184hp and 300 Nm of torque.
This second-generation BMW 4 Series Coupe now flaunts greater exterior dimensions than its predecessor, and is specifically 128mm longer, 27mm wider and 6mm taller — though in comparison to the 3 Series sedan, it is 57mm lower. The 420i M Sport variant is fitted with a special M Sport suspension that lowers the vehicle by 10mm. Moreover, the new 4 Series tracks are now 28mm wider at the front and 18mm wider at the rear — making it also 23mm wider than those of the current BMW 3 Series.
Inside the cabin are ergonomic sport seats which in the 420i Model Advantage are wrapped in Sensatec leather; while in the M Sport variant are special M Sport seats with lumbar support, upholstered with Leather Vernasca. The former comes with a newly designed, multifunction sport leather steering wheel; the latter carries an M Leather steering wheel and special M Seat belts. The start/stop button is now located in the center console.
Meanwhile, the rear seats are split 40:20:40 and the individual sections can be controlled to fold or release via a button in the boot. Speaking of which, its storage capacity is 440 liters — not bad for a sporty vehicle with a tapering roofline.
The 4 Series Coupe carries BMW’s standard Live Cockpit Plus, which is comprised of a central iDrive control center via an 8.8-inch display supported with a touch controller; and a black panel instrument cluster positioned around a 5.1-inch color display with multimedia and navigation systems. Ready for plugging into are two USB ports. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant are standard.
The all-new BMW 4 Series Coupe is equipped with LED headlamps, fog lights, and rear lights. The Model Advantage is fitted with 18-inch light alloy wheels with run-flat tires; while the M Sport shows off with its high-gloss shadow-line trim alongside its 19-inch M light alloy wheels with run-flat tires.
The BMW 420i Model Advantage is available for P3.99 million, while the 420i M Sport is priced at P4.59 million. Of course, both variants come with BMW Philippines’ standard five-year/200,000-km (whichever comes first) manufacturer’s warranty — the leading standard in after-sales care in the premium automotive segment in the country.