The new BMW 4 Series has a marginally less offensive grille for 2024

Published: 24 April 2024 Updated: 24 April 2024

► Gran Coupe is latest 4 Series to get facelift
► New styling, but same engines
► Priced from £43k

BMW has revealed a facelift for its 4 Series Gran Coupe at the Beijing Auto Show, bringing new styling elements and greater interior personalisation.  

The car for when a standard 4 Series coupe is too small and a 3 Series saloon is too sensible, the Gran Coupe is the best-seller in the 4 Series range. Not least because it’s also available as the electric i4 – BMW’s most popular EV. 

But fear not if you’re not ready for an electric 4 Series just yet as BMW is continuing to sell them with regular petrol engines. 

What’s new for 2024?

It’s a modest update for the 4 Series Gran Coupe in 2024, and we can’t look past changes to *that* grille. This was a major talking point – and not in a good way – when it was revealed back in 2021, but it doesn’t seem anywhere near as controversial these days. 

BMW’s latest effort is to surround the grille in a matte chrome finish to make it a little more subtle, or you can have it with a black surround if you want something more aggressive. New LED headlights are fitted with optional adaptive units getting blue inlays. Choose these and you also get intricate ‘Laserlight’ rear units using the same tech borrowed from the M4 CSL. The exhausts are also 10mm larger at the rear now too. BMW knows its audience. 

BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe rear

You can have it painted in two new colours, Cape York Green and Fire Red – while a host of snazzy wheels are available. 

What about the 4 Series Gran Coupe’s interior?

The updated 4 Series Gran Coupe continues to use BMW’s ‘Curved Display’ interior layout, with the main infotainment screen now running its latest iDrive and new shortcuts that aim to make it less distracting. We’ll be the judge of that when we try it later in the year. 

BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe interior

Elsewhere, there’s a new steering wheel with gearshift paddles as standard, while new options to personalise the interior include open-pored wood trim and the same ‘CraftedClarity’ glass switchgear as you’d find on the iX

What engines can I get with the 4 Series Gran Coupe?

Engine choice remains the same as before with a choice of two petrol engines available – the 420i and M440i, each paired with a seven-speed automatic gearbox. 

BMW M440i

The standard 420i uses a 181bhp 2.0-litre petrol engine that can take the car to 62mph in 7.9 seconds, and is priced from £43,830. If you want some extra poke, take a look at the M440i xDrive. Using a 3.0-litre mild-hybrid unit, it produces 369bhp, with 0-62mph dispatched in 4.7 seconds. This is priced from £59,545. 

Can I still buy a 4 Series coupe and convertible?

Yes, if you’re not fussed about practicality or having extra doors, you can still buy the 4 Series in less sensible coupe and convertible flavours. 

BMW 4 Series coupe and convertible

The facelifts for both of these cars were revealed back in January 2024, with very similar updates made to this new Gran Coupe. First deliveries of the two-door 4 Series’ are expected in the spring, priced from £43,020 for the coupe and £49,695 for the convertible. These are available purely with the 420i and M440i engine options too. 

By Ted Welford

Senior staff writer at CAR and our sister website Parkers. Loves a car auction. Enjoys making things shiny