- The 2014 BMW 4 Series Coupe, which targets the 2014 Cadillac CTS coupe and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class coupe, starts at $41,425, including a $925 destination charge.
- The top-of-the-line 2014 BMW 435i xDrive starts at $48,925, including shipping.
- All four variants of the BMW 4 Series Coupe hit the U.S. market late this summer.
WOODCLIFFE LAKE, New Jersey — The 2014 BMW 4 Series Coupe, which targets the 2014 Cadillac CTS coupe and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class coupe, starts at $41,425, including a $925 destination charge.
The top-of-the-line 2014 BMW 435i xDrive starts at $48,925, including shipping. All four variants of the BMW 4 Series Coupe hit the U.S. market late this summer.
The pricing strategy for the BMW 4 Series Coupe slots it in between the carryover 2014 Cadillac CTS coupe and the 2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe.
The 2014 Cadillac CTS coupe starts at $38,905, including an $895 destination charge, according to David Caldwell, a Cadillac spokesman. The 2013 Mercedes-Benz E350 coupe starts at $52,025, including a $905 destination charge.
BMW's announcement on the 4 Series Coupe did not include the vehicle's EPA fuel-economy estimates. David J. Buchko, a BMW spokesman, told Edmunds that consumers should expect the car to be close to the BMW 3 Series sedan lineup in terms of fuel-economy numbers. The EPA lists the 2013 BMW 328i with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and eight-speed automatic transmission at 23 miles per gallon in city driving and 33 mpg on the highway.
BMW took pains to explain the nomenclature of the 4 Series, which effectively replaces the previous 3-Series Coupe.
"The '4' in its title headlines this new product line for the coupe and emphasizes not only its stand-out design, but that any way you look at it, the new 4 Series Coupe represents something more than its BMW 3 Series cousins – 3+1, if you will," the company said in a statement. "At the same time, as a true BMW coupe, the new nomenclature brings the new BMW 4 Series Coupe in line with the larger 6 Series and 8 Series Coupes.
The new BMW coupe is offered as a 428i and a 435i, reflecting powertrain choices that mimic those offered in the 3 Series lineup.
The 428i gets the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 240 horsepower. The 435i gets the turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine that churns out 300 horsepower. Both are equipped with a standard eight-speed sport automatic transmission or six-speed manual transmission.
BMW says the BMW 435i Coupe sprints from zero-60 mph in 5.3 seconds with the six-speed manual transmission and in 5 seconds with the eight-speed automatic. It has a top speed of 155 mph when equipped with performance tires.
BMW says both coupe models will be offered with a choice of rear-wheel drive or optional xDrive all-wheel drive.
The 4 Series Coupe is larger in width and wheelbase than the outgoing BMW 3 Series Coupe. At about 20 inches, the 4 Series Coupe has the lowest center of gravity of any car in the current BMW lineup, the automaker notes. New elements of the BMW 4 Series Coupe are the "air breathers," which are positioned rearwards of the front wheel arches to reduce drag.
An M Sport aerodynamic package spices up the car with a front apron with large air intakes, a rear bumper with diffuser, side skirts and high-gloss Shadow Line trim. Other details include 18-inch light-alloy wheels in M design.
In the cabin, customers can specify Sport or Luxury Lines as alternatives to the standard trim; M Sport is another alternative.
Edmunds says: The 2014 BMW 4 Series Coupe makes the luxury coupe market in the U.S. a lot more interesting.