The new G22 BMW 4 Series is a major leap in design and dynamics (in opposite directions)
BMW has finally unveiled the 2021MY 4 Series in full. Falling under the Bavarian marque’s ‘G22’ chassis line, the second-gen 4 Series (or seventh-gen two-door 3 Series) is essentially the production variant of the BMW Concept 4 that made its debut at 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show. The 2+2 sportscar stays true to all reports and rumours which claimed that it will mark a new direction in BMW’s design philosophy.
Yes, its grille is gigantic and the internet has done enough damage to its existence. BMW designers have also fiddled with the signature Hofmeister kink (forward-bent rear quarter glass) and the new 4 Series looks like an ‘8 Series Lite’ — which is not entirely a bad thing. However, we remain certain that those unreasonably large kidneys (inspired by the ‘30s BMW 328) would not grow on us like how ‘Bangle designs’ did back in the 2000s.
Roughly 48 hours prior to its unveiling, the official G22 BMW 4 Series brochure was leaked on social media. For the global 2021 model year, BMW’s 4 Series range will eventually come in six variants: 420i, 430i, M440i xDrive, 420d, 430d and M440d xDrive. All the power plants are mated to an 8-speed Steptronic automatic transmission (no manual option). In most markets, the car will be sold only in petrol format (possibly without the choice of 420i).
In typical modern-day BMW fashion, ‘20i’ and ‘30i’ stand for 2.0-litre turbo petrol four-cylinders in two states of tune: 181bhp/300Nm and 254bhp/400Nm. The higher ‘40i’ 3.0-litre straight-six engine churns out 369bhp/500Nm. Coming to the diesel variants, the base-level ‘20d’ 2.0-litre four-cylinder is good for 187bhp/400Nm. The higher 3.0-litre straight-six ‘30d’ and ‘40d’ make 282bhp/650Nm and 33bhp/700Nm, respectively.
These figures are considerably higher than in the previous F82-gen 4 Series. All engines (except the 2.0-litre petrol) are equipped with a 48V mild-hybrid system as well. In the quest for dynamic perfection, the car has grown a bit. It is 128mm longer, 27mm wider and 6mm taller than its F82 counterpart. The wheelbase has increased by 41mm in addition to changes in the front (+28mm) and rear (+18mm) tracks. Weight distribution is a near 50:50.
Opt its highest trim and the list of features extends to full-LED BMW Laserlights, 19-inch wheels, 12.3-inch digital instrument console, 10.2-inch touchscreen (with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto), Level 2 driver-assistance (amongst other advanced safety equipment), BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant, three-zone climate control, BMW Display Key, panoramic roof, 16-speaker Harman Kardon audio, ambient illumination and more. Apart from an overstated styling approach, the 2021 BMW 4 Series is a brilliant package to rival popular German alternatives and everyone’s looking forward to the mighty M4. Prices start at around $46,600 in the US.