2015 BMW 435i Gran Coupe Photo Gallery (24 Photos)


What's in a name? Well, if you're referring to the 2015 BMW 435i Gran Coupe, it means a four-door luxury car that goes by the name of a two-door without much explanation as to why. As Cars.com reviewer Aaron D. Bragman — clearly perplexed by this latest addition to the BMW variant inundation — previously described it, the 435i Gran Coupe is basically the 4 Series coupe with a stretched and minimally raised roofline — oh, plus a new name.

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If you're going to be in the Big Apple between Friday and April 27 and want to sort out the BMW naming-convention confusion for yourself, the 435i Gran Coupe is making its debut at the 2014 New York International Auto Show.

Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Matt Schmitz | April 16, 2014 | Comments (4)

2015 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe: First Look


Competes with: Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Audi A4, BMW 3 Series sedan, BMW 3 Series Gran Touring
Looks like: The 3 Series sedan, only taller, or the 3 Series Gran Touring, only shorter
Drivetrain: 240-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder or 300-hp, turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engines; eight-speed automatic transmission; optional all-wheel drive
Hits dealerships: Summer 2014
Price: 428i GC, $41,225; 428i xDrive GC, $43,225; 435i GC $46,725 (all prices include a $925 destination fee)

There are some things you can never have too much of. Money, chocolate and apparently, according to BMW, car-model variants. That's the only explanation we can come up with for the introduction of this latest compact car from the German luxury brand, the 4 Series Gran Coupe.

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What exactly is it? Well, take the 4 Series coupe, stretch the roofline slope about 4.4 inches, raise the roof a half-inch, add two doors and voila: The 4 Series Gran Coupe is born. With the exact same length, width, wheelbase and track as the two-door coupe but featuring a bit more headroom, the 4 Series Gran Coupe sports a tall hatchback sedan profile and a full 45.9 cubic feet of total luggage space inside. Sound like a "coupe" to you?

By Aaron Bragman | February 3, 2014 | Comments (6)

2015 BMW M4 Photo Gallery (23 Photos)


The 2015 BMW M4, the M3 luxury sport sedan's coupe sibling, replaces the previous-generation 3 Series coupe. Both models boast lots of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic and carbon-fiber roofs, and they generally share exterior and interior styling cues. While the M3 has a spoiler, the M4's deck lid juts up sufficiently to go without.

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The M4 is now making its debut alongside the M3 at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and both are set to go on sale in the summer. No word yet on whether a 4 Series convertible wearing the M badge is on the way, though we find it likely. Check out the gallery below.

By Matt Schmitz | January 14, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 BMW 4 Series Convertible Video

BMW's new 4 Series is essentially the convertible version of the brand's 3 Series, and it looks similar to BMW's new 4 Series coupe. The power-folding hardtop goes up or down in 20 seconds and works at speeds of less than 11 mph.

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Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays says cargo volume isn't a 4 Series strong suit, but BMW says it's better than the outgoing 3 Series convertible. Watch the video for more. 

By Jennifer Geiger | November 22, 2013 | Comments (2)

2014 BMW 4 Series Convertible: Up Close


California is the perfect place to introduce a new convertible, with sunny warmth the normal condition for local residents. BMW agreed, holding the world premiere of the new 4 Series hardtop convertible at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show. Replacing the 3 Series convertible in BMW's lineup, the 4 Series convertible is a larger, more luxurious droptop that furthers the company's new naming convention-odd numbers for sedans, even numbers for coupes.

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Power up and push the convertible top button and you'll begin a mesmerizing process of steel origami as the three-piece hardtop folds and descends into the trunk. It only takes 20 seconds to drop the top and it is quite a sight to behold. The new top also features more sound insulation than the old 3 Series model, resulting in a quieter ride with the top up.

By Aaron Bragman | November 22, 2013 | Comments (1)

2014 BMW 4 Series Convertible: First Look


Competes with: Audi A5 Cabriolet, Infiniti Q60 convertible
Looks like:
The 4 Series Coupe
a 240-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder (428i ) or a 300-hp, turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder (435i); an eight-speed automatic is standard, and all-wheel drive is optional
Hits dealerships:
First quarter of 2014

The convertible version of BMW's new compact coupe will officially debut next month at the Los Angeles Auto Show, but BMW released 4 Series convertible information and photos ahead of the official reveal. Not only will the convertible offer a power-retractable hardtop (like the 3 Series convertible it replaces), it'll also be available with all-wheel drive.

Exterior styling and powertrains mirror its 4 Series coupe sibling. Power comes from either a 240-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder (428i ) or a 300-hp, turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder (435i). An eight-speed automatic is standard, and BMW's xDrive all-wheel-drive system is optional on the 428i; the 435i is rear-wheel drive only. A fuel-saving auto stop-start system shuts off the engine when stopped and is standard across the lineup.

By Jennifer Geiger | October 14, 2013 | Comments (2)

BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe: Up Close


The BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe looks terrific, and I don't feel that way about the current 3 Series coupe. I know the point behind two-doors is they're supposed to look better, but I've always found the current coupe awkward. The proportions are much better here, improving on the new direction seen in the redesigned 2012 3 Series sedan.

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The question is whether this design — apart from the proportions — will make it into production. I have my doubts.

By Joe Wiesenfelder | January 14, 2013 | Comments (3)

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