The BMW 3 Series is renowned for its performance, but starting next year BMW will discontinue the 3 Series Coupe and Convertible models. How can this be? “What blasphemy is this,” you ask? Has Munich lost its mind? The answer is, not exactly. In a move that initially looks to confuse buyers, BMW is discontinuing the 3 Series versions, but in name only. The two-door and convertible models will be sold as 2014 BMW 4 Series models.
Currently, the German automaker has the 2013 BMW Z4 roadster that employs the “4″ in its nomenclature, but the expansion actually makes good sense for BMW. Aside from more closely mirroring the similar distinction Audi uses with its A4 sedan and A5 coupe–which we always thought aspired to be the BMW 3–this opens room for the automaker to expand the models it offers. This also saves the 3 Series from possible overcrowding if new versions are introduced. BMW for its part says the 4 is “a sign of greater exclusivity and presence,” and “represents the zenith of the development curve.”
With production slated to begin in the spring of this coming year, the 2014 BMW 4 Series Coupe–because this whole “concept” nonsense isn’t fooling anyone–will be a little different than the current 2013 BMW 3 Series Coupe and Convertible models. For starters, the 4 Series may have been on a steady yoga regimen as it stretches out a couple of inches; the new model is lower, longer, and wider. Not dramatically, but enough to visually enhance the stance, and look more like the sedan version. The BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe will feature 20-inch rims, the familiar circular headlights and BMW kidney grille, and a large, pronounced air-intake that “hints at the extra air required by the powerful engines.”
We expect more details to follow as we get closer to production, but BMW has said we can expect a performance-inspired M4 version. There may even be a Gran Coupe version, similar to the four-door version of the BMW 6 Series. So, yes: BMW may introduce a sedan version of the coupe version of its sedan.
We told you it got confusing.