Rumor of the year comes from German magazine Auto Motor Und Sport which reports on BMW’s plans to introduce a new 4 Series line-up. Beside the sedan, coupe and convertible variants, the magazine says a four-dour coupe type of vehicle will be introduced as well.
The 4er is said to compete with the A5 Sportback and it will feature a coupe-like roof line.
Last year, we reported several times on BMW’s plans to launch a 3 Series Gran Turismo variant and according to our sources, the vehicles is still on schedule to launch in 2013. It is unclear at the moment if the two rumored vehicle are in fact one and only.
So what would be the reasons for BMW to introduce a new 4 Series? Similar to the 6 Series offerings, the 4er models will fit between the 3 and 5 Series and will feature a coupe-like look. By offering a higher positioned coupe, BMW will compete on the market with Audi and Mercedes, which is said to introduce a smaller SLS model.
The new 4 Series will also allow BMW to price the vehicle slightly higher, at a premium price.
The overall dynamic design would appeal to a younger demographic as well and will be a viable alternative to the high-end 6 Series Coupe.
If indeed BMW has any plans to introduce this new series, we believe the Gran Coupe name might be attached to it. In 2012, BMW will also launch a four-door coupe variant of the new 6 Series. The 6er Gran Coupe will compete with the Mercedes CLS and Audi A7.
BMW has recently also filed for U.S. trademarks for 2 Series model designation. Rummormill churns out that the the 2 Series badge would actually be given to the next-generation of 1 Series Coupe and Convertible models.
No other details are available at the moment and this is the first time we have heard of a 4 Series plan, so take these rumors with a big grain of salt.