BMW is set to release a new version of the BMW 4 Series for the 2018 model year. The model features just minor upgrades on the exterior profile, interior profile as well as on the engine and performance front. The U.S. market will only get two gasoline-powered models in the form of the 430i and 440i. 2018 BMW 4-Series will be produced in three variations: Coupe, Gran Coupe and Convertible. The difference is only in the number of doors and roof which opens up. Read along for more information.
2018 BMW 4-Series Exterior
The exterior of the 2018 BMW 4 Series has only gained few visual upgrades. The grille continues unchanged. However, the model’s headlights look meaner and have an “eyebrow” design on the upper part. This makes the front end look more aggressive. Main projectors have hexagonal graphics. Bi-LED lights are standard with an option for adaptive LED lights. In addition, LED fog lights mounted on the corners of the bumper are standard on all models. The bumper has larger air intakes as well as sharper lines.
At the rear, the model features fewer changes. The only visible new features include the revised lower bumper apron and a new strip that connects the rear reflectors. The rear also features LED taillights, which is a first for the model.
Other new exterior features include 4 new wheel designs. These wheels use 5-spoke configuration for lower trims and multi-spoke design for the Luxury trim. The wheels range from 17 to 19 inches. The exterior profile also gets two new colors i.e. Snapper Rocks and Sunset Orange.
In general, the 4 Series is one attractive coupe and it is evident why BMW does not want to tamper with the design. The little upgrades have however made the model look sportier.
2018 BMW 4-Series Interior
The cabin carries over almost unchanged compared to the outgoing model. The cabin has a 2+2 seating arrangement. The seats, instrument panel, dash, steering wheel and door panels are wrapped in leather with double contrast stitching. The model’s multifunction steering wheel has hand bolsters at 10 o’clock as well as 12’oclock positions.
For the 2018 model year, the automaker has added new upholstery colors, which are Ivory White Dakota Leather, Cognac Dakota leather and Midnight Blue Dakota leather. The interior trim also features High-gloss Black along with pearl Chrome, Carbon Aluminum and Light Fineline.
The infotainment system has also been revised. It features new instrumentation and a new navigation system. The automaker also offers a Multifunctional Instrument Display system whose graphics change based on the driving mode selected. Other features include an inductive charging tray, a Smartphone signal booster, Wi-Fi hotspot for up to 10 devices, USB ports and Apple CarPlay among others.
The model has an impressive trunk that can carry 445 liters of cargo.
On the safety front, the 4 Series features a host of driver assist and safety features such as ASC, ABS, traction control, cornering brake control, dry braking function among others.
Engine specs and performance
The 4 Series is sold in different engines across the word. In fact, the model has over 30 different drive-train variations. The lineup includes 4-cylinder and 6-cylinder gasoline and diesel mills. Each engine features direct fuel injection, twin-scroll turbocharger, Valvetronic variable valve control and Double-Vanos camshaft timing.
Models powered by gasoline engines are the 420i, 430i and the range-topping 440i; the “i” denotes gasoline. Diesel powered models are 420d, 430d and the top-of-the range 435d with the “d” standing for diesel. RWD is standard while AWD (xDrive) is optional except for the 435d where it is offered as standard. In the U.S., only the 430i and 440i will be offered.
In terms of power output, the gas mills produce 184 hp for the 420i while the range-topping 440i churns out 326 horses. For the diesel-powered models, the power output ranges from 190 hp for the 420d to 313 hp for the 435d x Drive.
In terms of performance, the US-bound 430i takes 5.8 seconds while the 440i takes 5.0 seconds to accelerate from 0-60 mph. The fastest model is the 435dxDrive, which takes 4.7 seconds to complete the same distance.
The engines will be mated to either a 6-speed manual system or an 8-speed Steptronic system. US-bound models will only get the 8-speed Steptronic system.
Price and release date
BMW is yet to release official prices of the 4 Series models for the U.S. market. However, the prices will not change significantly from the current $ 42,000 and $49,500 for the 430i and 440i respectively. For AWD, one has to spend an extra $2,000. The models will be available in dealerships in the second half of 2017.
The 2018 BMW4-Series competes with the usual suspects from its German rivals i.e. Audi’s A5 Coupe and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. Nissan’s Infiniti Q60 and Toyota’s Lexus RC will also give the German models a run for their money.