On schedule for 2020 are the second-generation BMW 4 Series coupe (G23) and the 4 Series convertible (G22), which is rumored to trade the retractable hardtop for a classic fabric top.
Designed under the codename G23, the 4 Series Coupe will join the G20 3 Series which launches just two years before. With still another five years to go, the design of the new 4 Series is still in its early stages with multiple teams competing for the final prize: designing one of BMW’s biggest sellers.
Using the current M4 as the starting point, German magazine AutoBild attempts to render the 4 Series Coupe and Convertible. The computer generated images show the same sculpted front fascia as some current models, coupled with slimmer and redesigned LED headlights and large air intakes inserted in a massive front bumper.
The side of the car portrays a more athletic compact coupe with a character line running across and an air breather. The G22 4 Series Convertible follows the same design idea.
Using the new highly flexible matrix known as CLAR — short for cluster architecture — the new 4 Series is expected to have a sportier ride, weigh less and offered improved driving dynamics. We expect the G23 4 Series to use adjustable suspension dampers, switchable anti-roll bars, active steering, and a torque-vectoring system that integrates with the car’s ABS and stability control, giving the car superior handling.
The G22/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.