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Here’s the best look yet at the newbmw two-door

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Prestige - CRAIG DUFF craig.duff@cars­guide.com.au

IT’S a con­cept but not as we­know it. BMW’s Con­cept 4 Se­ries Coupe is as close to a pro­duc­tion ve­hi­cle as you’ll see.

Beemer badly needs this car, due here in the third quar­ter of next year, to stave off the MercedesBenz C-Class coupe. It prom­ises more for less in terms of features and driv­ing dy­nam­ics.

The 4 Se­ries name re­flects the change in BMW’s ap­proach to nam­ing, much as the 6 Se­ries is based on the 5 Se­ries sedan. The con­cept is longer and wider than the 3 Se­ries coupe it re­places, while sit­ting16mm­lower to re­flect its sporti­ness.

Front-on it looks far meaner than the still-new 3 Se­ries sedan, thanks to a stretched de­sign that ex­tends to the grille and head­lamps. Side-on, it has a dra­mat­i­cally raked roofline and the lower sec­tion of the doors are scal­loped, the re­sult of wind tun­nel tests to im­prove aero­dy­nam­ics and cut fuel use.

L-shaped tail-lights flare out to­wards the car’s flanks to en­hance its squat rear end and tie in the char­ac­ter lines run­ning down the coupe’s sides. The en­gine line-up is ex­pected to fol­low the F30 sedan’s range and an M3­vari­ant will come af­ter the con­cept’s de­but at next month’s Detroit mo­tor show.

BMWspokesman Piers Scott says the con­cept gives an im­pres­sion of the suc­ces­sor to to­day’s 3 Se­ries coupe.

‘‘TheBMWCon­cept 4 Se­ries Coupe per­fectly blends the clas­si­cal features of aBMW­coupe with the new de­sign char­ac­ter­is­tics and phi­los­o­phy of theBMW brand,’’ he says.

‘‘The es­tab­lish­ment of a BMW4 Se­ries badge is ev­i­dence of a stronger dif­fer­en­ti­a­tion from the 3 Se­ries range, start­ing with the coupe.

‘‘The cur­rent gen­er­a­tion BMW3 Se­ries Coupe and Con­vert­ible were the world­wide seg­ment lead­ers in 2011 andwe­have ev­ery rea­son to be­lieve their suc­ces­sor models will con­tinue that success.’’

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