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2021 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe spotted winter testing

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The final member of the BMW 4 Series family to launch will be the five-door Gran Coupe, which is expected next year and will spawn an all-electric i4 sibling.
Perhaps the real ‘quiet Australians’ are those who love the look of the controversial new BMW 4 Series.
We know these people exist, and for those who dig the polarising new front end of BMW’s latest two-door but want a more practical body style, there’s a Gran Coupe on the way.
These spy photos show a 2021 4 Series Gran Coupe with its production headlights and tail lights and, though the front remains shrouded, it’s sure to receive the same plunging, vertical grille as the coupe and convertible.

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Compared to the similarly-sized 3 Series sedan, the Gran Coupe has a longer and swoopier roof line and frameless doors.
It also sports the same flush-fitting, lift-up door handles as we’ve seen on its upcoming, all-electric i4 sibling.
This appears to be the range-topping M440i xDrive, with the Gran Coupe’s powertrain range likely to mirror its two-door siblings as the outgoing Gran Coupe did.
That means a choice of 420i, 430i and M440i xDrive variants, with diesel powertrains available in Europe, too.

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The rear-wheel drive 420i and 430i both use a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, the former with 135kW of power and 300Nm of torque and the latter with 190kW and 400Nm.
The M440i xDrive upgrades to all-wheel drive and a turbocharged 3.0-litre inline six-cylinder engine producing 285kW of power and 500Nm of torque.
It also features a more aggressively-styled front bumper with large intakes, M4-style wing mirrors, rhomboid exhaust tip finishers, larger alloy wheels, lower profile tyres, and more road-hugging suspension.
With BMW’s confirmation of the M3 Touring, that leaves the Gran Coupe as the only body style remaining in the 3 and 4 Series extended family, Asian-market 3 Series long-wheelbase sedan aside, that hasn’t been confirmed for the full M treatment.

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The new 4 Series Gran Coupe will also share its five-door fastback body with the i4 EV.
While Mercedes-Benz is rolling out a raft of models on its new standalone electric vehicle architecture, BMW has confirmed just one model on a bespoke electric architecture: the new iX SUV.
Instead, BMW is introducing electric versions of cars on its internal combustion-powered CLAR platform like the i4. The next-generation 7 Series limousine is expected to get an i7 electric alternative too.
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