New 2017 BMW 4 Series
The BMW 4-series is a stylish car that offers most of the performance and styling of a sports car without compromising too much comfort or practicality. It features sleek, low styling and is available in a few different body styles, including as a convertible. Performance is brisk, but ride and comfort have been carefully balanced to provide a driving experience that is both entertaining and somewhat luxurious. The BMW 4-series competes with sedans and coupes such as the Audi A5, the Mercedes Benz C-Class and the Lexus IS. Prices start at just over $40,000. Starting at around $65,000, the top of the line M4 offers blistering performance and razor-sharp handling but in a practical coupe package. Power output from the turbocharged 6-cylinder engine is impressive, but the smaller engine displacement means fuel economy is still decent at around 20 mpg combined EPA. The M4 is available in both coupe and convertible form.
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New 2017 BMW 4 Series Overview
The BMW 4-series is available in three different body styles: coupe, convertible and what BMW calls the "Gran Coupe." All three body styles have back seats, but the Gran Coupe actually has a pair of rear doors for easier access to the back seats. Despite the additional doors, the 4-Series Gran Coupe maintains the sloping, swoopy roofline of the 4-Series coupe, giving it a good compromise between coupe styling and sedan practicality. There are two engines available in the 4-Series: 430i models are powered by a 2.0L 4-cylinder turbocharged engine that makes 248 horsepower, while 440i models are powered by a turbocharged 3.0L 6-cylinder engine producing 320 horsepower. Power is sent to the rear wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission, while a 6-speed manual is a no-cost option on most models. BMW's xDrive all-wheel drive is an option and can be paired with any bodystyle and with any engine, though it does restrict transmission choice to the automatic only. In all, there are four trim levels available with each body style: 430i, 430i xDrive, 440i and 440i xDrive. Optioned correctly, the BMW 430i is able to achieve up to 35 mpg on the highway. The performance-oriented M4 gets a 3.0L twin-turbocharged 6-cylinder. While smaller in displacement than in years past, it is still capable of a very impressive 420 horsepower and 406 lb-feet of torque. M4 models are rear-wheel-drive only and get a choice of a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox. Trim levels are all similarly equipped across the range, meaning that every 4-Series includes 18-inch alloy wheels, xenon headlights, heated side mirrors with a power folding function, 8-way power adjustable front seats, a wood-trimmed interior, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, 9-speaker sound system, Bluetooth connectivity, a powered glass moonroof, automatic climate control, BMW's iDrive system with a 6.5" color LCD screen, dynamic cruise control and rain-sensing wipers. The M4 comes with a few more standard items, such as touch-screen navigation, Harman/Kardon surround audio and dynamic cruise control. Since the various trims feature similar equipment levels, there are several options and option packages available on the 4-Series. The Cold Weather Package offers heated front and rear seats, a heated steering wheel and retractable headlight washers. A rearview camera and park distance control are included in a Driver Assistance Package, while a blind spot warning system, side and top view cameras and speed limit info are all added should buyers opt for the Driver Assistance Plus Package. An M Sport Package adds different wheels, nicer interior detailing, an upgraded steering wheel, a subtle body kit and sportier bucket seats, while a Dynamic Handling package adds sport suspension and a variable ratio steering rack. A Track Handling Package includes unique wheels, M Sport brakes, adaptive M suspension, and variable sport steering. Finally, a Technology Package includes a navigation system, a heads up display and BMW apps along with real-time traffic updates. The M4 offers as optional, a Driver Assistance Plus package, which includes systems that will warn the driver of lane-departure warning, an imminent forward collision or pedestrians in the road. It also includes a blind-spot detection system with side and top view cameras. The Lighting package includes upgraded LED lighting and automatically dimming high-beams. The Exclusive package includes retractable headlight washers, a heads-up display (HUD), a heated steering wheel, a rear-view camera and rear parking sensors.
New 2017 BMW 4 Series Model Changes
The biggest news for the 4-series in 2017 is the addition of a couple of new engines. While displacement for the 2.0L 4-cylinder and the 3.0L 6-cylinder engines are unchanged, power is up for both engines, the 4-cylinder by 8 horsepower and the 6-cylinder by 20 horsepower. BMW have once again changed the names of the vehicles in accordance with the bump in power. The 428i is now the 430i, while the 6-cylinder 435i has been replaced by the 440i. The M4 also gets better for 2017: Adaptive M suspension now comes standard.