Just couldn’t wait for Geneva.
The BMW 4-Series range of cars have been given an update for the new year, and feature revised styling details and no less than 31 model & drivetrain variants. While these cars were slated for a debut at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, it seems that the Munich marque simply couldn’t wait to tell us all about it.
The updated 4-Series is slated for a local introduction sometime in the second half of this year, but further details have been scarce. Regardless, the new 4 doesn't differ too much from the car it replaces, which is a good and bad thing. The good thing is that because the updates are evolutionary, the 4-Series facelift retains the muscular, purposeful stance of the outgoing car. But the bad news is, car-spotters will find it rather difficult to differentiate this new car from the pre-faceift model.
If you want your 4-er to be seen as a new one, BMW’s kind of got you covered, by offering Snapper Rocks Blue and Sunset Orange to the colour palette as part of the update. If those colours are too outlandish for you, be prepared to squint as you try and see the facelift 4-ers bi-LED headlights, LED taillights, and LED foglights, revised bumpers, alloy wheel designs, and interior colour options.
There’s updated trim to be found inside too, with a generous use of chrome, double-stitched instrument panel, new upholstery colours, and trim options. Among the options you can spec your 4er with are a Navigation Professional system, which utilises a more updated iDrive interface (that was first seen in the new 5-Series). Also from the 5-Series is a new Multifunctional Instrument Display, which replaces the entire instrument cluster with a screen, allowing it to be customised based on driver preferences.
There have been some revisions to the 4er’s suspension setup as well, which has been made stiffer to deliver improved agility without sacrificing ride comfort. These suspension revisions have been applied to both the standard and M-Sport setups.
When the 4er lands on our shores later this year, the lineup and drivetrain offerings shouldn’t differ too far from the existing lineup. Click below to check out our galleries of the new 4-Series in Coupe, Cabriolet, and GranCoupe body styles.