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The BMW 4-Series Gran Coupe's Main Styling Problem Won't Be THAT Grille

Spy shots of the all-new 4-series Gran Coupe have emerged, and yes, it does have the coupe's front-end arrangement...

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BMW - The BMW 4-Series Gran Coupe's Main Styling Problem Won't Be THAT Grille - News

There’s an argument that the controversial, big-grilled front end of the new ‘G22’ BMW 4-series is not the car’s biggest problem. That the real issue lies in the bulky, generic rear three-quarter not matching up with the, erm, bold kidney treatment. So will the ‘G26’ 4-series Gran Coupe solve that?

Based on this new set of spy shots, perhaps not. If anything, the proportions might be even more askew - just look at how much metal there seems to be above the rear wheel arch. It’s quite plump back there, don’t you think?

BMW - The BMW 4-Series Gran Coupe's Main Styling Problem Won't Be THAT Grille - News

It might be more convincing sans camouflage, of course, and it’ll certainly have the power to make you forget about the way it looks. The engine line-up should largely mirror that of the 4-series coupe, meaning there’ll be a range-topping M440i xDrive Gran Coupe with 372bhp. Hopefully, BMW will also produce an M440d derivative, as it has done for the two-door 4er. This 335bhp, 516lb ft inline-six diesel engine will be a good match for the more practical GC setting.

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A 181bhp 420i will likely serve as the entry-point of the range, with the 430i using a poker tune on the same engine to produce 255bhp. Sitting below the M440d will be a 430d powered by a 282bhp inline-six diesel, while the 420d switches to a more humble four-pot oil-burner developing 188bhp.

BMW - The BMW 4-Series Gran Coupe's Main Styling Problem Won't Be THAT Grille - News

As with the last 4-series Gran Coupe, and unlike the 8-series Gran Coupe, we don’t think BMW has stretched the two-door 4er’s wheelbase to create this thing. It’s hard to tell if the hatchback-style opening of the outgoing car has been retained, or if it’ll use a more saloon-like boot arrangement as per the 8-series GC.

BMW - The BMW 4-Series Gran Coupe's Main Styling Problem Won't Be THAT Grille - News

There’s a question mark over whether or not we’ll see an M4 Gran Coupe. The original M4 never received the niche-tastic four-door treatment and one hasn’t been confirmed for the latest-generation version either, but there have been rumours suggesting that BMW might just pull the trigger this time.