BMW has a tradition of staggering the debut of its coupe and sedan models, with the sedan usually coming before its two-door siblings. That means even though the next-generation 3 Series has now been uncovered for month, the 4 Series, what BMW will call its next-gen coupe, is still covered in black vinyl camouflage.
Fortunately for us and the wonder of Photoshop, we have a decent idea of what the 4 Series will look like when BMW decides to unwrap this present. Based on renderings from F30Post.com using what we already know about the next car, the 4 Series is going to look pretty sharp, akin to a shrunken down 6 Series. A fast, sloping roof is going to clearly differentiate it from the more upright, traditional 3 Series.
While BMW has already begun testing its four-door high-performance M3, the 4 Series is still undergoing testing of its more pedestrian variants. For the U.S., that will likely include a 428i with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 240 horsepower and a 435i with the carryover 300-horsepower turbocharged inline-six. Like the current generation cars, expect all-wheel drive to be on the options list, among many other features.
Currently, BMW is selling the car that went on sale as a 2006 model through 2012 alongside late-2011 sedans until the next-generation model arrives in February. The 4 Series is expected to go on sale in late 2012 as a 2013 model.