In 2020, BMW will launch the second generation 4 Series. Designed under the codename G23, the 4 Series Coupe will join the G20 3 Series which launches just two years before. Knowing the BMW design cycle, the G23 4 Series is likely in the early stages of sketching where multiple teams compete before the final three proposals move into the full-clay models presentations. The G20 3 Series design will be finalized this year, so expect the new 4 Series Coupe to have its final design ready by 2017.
With very little facts known about the new coupe, French magazine L’Automobile decided to take a stab at what the G23 4er Coupe might look like. Using the current M4 as the starting point and updating the the headlights an taillights design, they delivered some renderings which we believe are highly speculative and likely not very representative of the final design. Yet it’s still fun to see what some of those cool LED lights look on the car.
Just like the new 3 Series, the next 4 Series will be built atop a new, highly flexible matrix known as CLAR — short for cluster architecture — that is set to be the backbone of all future rear-drive BMWs. Last month, sources close to BMW said the G20 will have a softer ride than the F30 3er, yet it will be sportier. So we expect the G23 4 Series to follow the same steps. BMW engineers believe the use of adjustable suspension dampers, switchable anti-roll bars, active steering, and a torque-vectoring system that integrates with the car’s ABS and stability control, will give the G20 a more dynamic drive than its predecessor.
The G20/G23 are likely to have stronger brakes, reduced-friction wheel bearings, adaptive suspension that can modulate camber on the fly, all-wheel drive with quicker torque distribution, and aluminum and carbon-fiber compound wheels.
All the recent tech previewed by BMW could make its way into the G23 4 Series, including active lane-keeping assist, automatic braking, self-parking via remote control, automatic overtaking under certain conditions, and semi-autonomous driving both on the highway and in stop-and-go traffic at speeds up to 40 mph.
BMW will continue to use four and six-cylinder engines for the new 4 Series, and we might even see a three-cylinder-powered 4er as well.