Nip and tuck for 4 Se­ries

Sexy cousins of 3 Se­ries sedan get styling and sus­pen­sion tweaks

The Star Early Edition - - MOTORING - MO­TOR­ING STAFF

THE BMW 4 Se­ries, sexy cousin of the 3 Se­ries sedan, has un­der­gone a nip and tuck along with a sus­pen­sion up­grade to bring it up to date for 2017.

The mid-life fresh­en­ing ap­plies to the com­plete 4 Se­ries range lo­cally, namely the two-door Coupe, four-door Gran Coupe and two-door Con­vert­ible, which col­lec­tively have sold over 5 500 units in South Africa since 2013.

The styling’s been sharp­ened with a sub­tle facelift in­clud­ing restyled LED head­lights that take the place of the pre­vi­ous xenon units, along with new LED rear lights, while all mod­els get LED front foglamps as stan­dard. Mod­i­fied air in­takes, line-spe­cific ap­pli­ca­tions and a new rear apron add fur­ther styling touches.

Cab­ins are fresh­ened-up across the range with new elec­tro­plated de­tail­ing, chrome ap­pli­ca­tions and cen­tre con­sole in high-gloss black for a more ex­clu­sive, high-qual­ity feel. The in­stru­ment panel gets dou­ble stitch­ing, while three new up­hol­stery colours and a trio of new in­te­rior trim strips in­crease the num­ber of in­te­rior per­son­al­i­sa­tion op­tions.

Also in­tro­duced are two new ex­te­rior paint fin­ishes: Snap­per Rocks Blue and Sun­set Or­ange, and there is also one new model-spe­cific wheel de­sign each for the Sport Line, Lux­ury Line and M Sport equip­ment grades.

The op­tional Nav­i­ga­tion sys­tem Pro­fes­sional for the new BMW 4 Se­ries now fea­tures an in­ter­face with large, eas­ier-to-use tile-style con­trol pads. The range can be op­tion­ally fit­ted with the Mul­ti­func­tional In­stru­ment Dis­play, giv­ing the driver the choice of dif­fer­ent vi­su­al­i­sa­tion op­tions for all dis­plays de­pend­ing on the driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence mode se­lected.

The 4 Se­ries Coupe and Gran Coupe now come with a stiffer sus­pen­sion set-up for sportier han­dling but re­port­edly with­out any loss of ride com­fort. This ap­plies to the stan­dard, M Sport and Adap­tive sus­pen­sion choices.

The tweak also im­proves straight-line sta­bil­ity and im­parts more com­mu­nica­tive steer­ing. High-per­for­mance tyres are avail­able as a fac­tory-fit­ted op­tion for all mod­els from the BMW 430i up­wards.

The engine line up is un­changed, and the 4 Se­ries Coupe and Gran Coupe are as be­fore avail­able in three tur­bopetrol ver­sions (420i, 430i, 440i) with out­puts re­spec­tively pegged at 135kW, 185kW and 240kW, and one tur­bod­iesel (420d) rated for 140kW. The 4 Se­ries Con­vert­ible is only of­fered in the petrol engine de­riv­a­tives, and as pre­vi­ously a 317kW M4 is avail­able as the range-top­per in the Coupe and Con­vert­ible (but not the Gran Coupe).

Trans­mis­sion choices also stay the same with a six-speed man­ual or eight-speed Strep­tronic auto (440i is of­fered in auto only), and six-speed man­ual or seven-speed M Dou­ble Clutch for the M4 de­riv­a­tives. PRICES 4 Se­ries Coupe 420i man­ual - R604 796 420i auto - R624 798 420d man­ual - R639 300 420d auto - R660 100 430i man­ual - R692 922 430i auto - R712 126 440i auto - R864 976 M4 auto - R1 276 236 M4 man­ual - R1 277 376 4 Se­ries Gran Coupe 420i man­ual - R604 796 420i auto - R624 798 420d man­ual - R639 300 420d auto - R660 100 430i man­ual - R692 922 430i auto - R712 126 440i auto - R864 976 4 Se­ries Con­vert­ible 420i man­ual - R718 250 420i auto - R738 024 430i man­ual - R831 476 430i auto - R850 452 440i auto - R989 546 M4 auto - R1 440 162 M4 man­ual - R1 441 302

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