Measuring 4,638 mm in length, it’s slightly longer than the 4,620 mm 3 Series Coupe that it replaces, with a wheelbase of 2,810 mm – 50 mm over the E92’s. 43 mm wider at 1,825 mm, it possesses a 45 mm wider front track (1,545 mm) and 80 mm wider rear track (1,593 mm) while stands 16 mm lower at 1,362 mm.
We’d like to have seen more of the Concept‘s styling details filter through to the production version, but this well proportioned Coupe still features a few nice touches, including a bold kidney grille and aggressive front fascia with larger central intake, C-shape outlets in the front fenders to aid cooling while improving airflow over the arches, a sloping roofline and more fluid wrap-around rear lights than the 3 Series Saloon.
Three engines will be available at launch starting with the base 420d, which develops 135 kW (181 hp) and 380 Nm of torque from its turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel. Next is the 428i with a TwinPower Turbo 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine delivering 180 kW (245 hp) and 350 Nm, followed by the range-topping 435i utilizing the company’s delicious TwinPower Turbo 3.0-litre six-pot delivering 225 kW (306 hp) and 400 Nm. A 135 kW (184 hp) 420i will follow later in the year along with a 430d and 435d using different versions of the 3.0-litre six-cylinder diesel engine producing 253 hp (189 kW) and 230 kW (313 hp).
Apart from the 435d, which will be sold exclusively with xDrive, all models can be specified with the all-wheel drive system as an alternative to rear-wheel-drive. An eight-speed automatic transmission can be chosen over the regular six-speed manual gearbox, although the 430d, 435d and 428i xDrive will get it as standard.
Due to hit dealerships late summer, there will be three trim levels to choose from: Luxury Line, Sport Line and M Sport. The Luxury Line features such trinkets as chrome kidney grille slats, window trim, rear bumper strip and tailpipes, while the Sport Line package comprises of high gloss black slats, pillar trims, black air intakes in the front apron, black tailpipes and sport suspension. Our choice, the M Sport version, includes Shadow Line trim along with M Sport suspension, brakes, bumpers, side skirts and the option of Estoril Blue Metallic paintwork. 18 and 19-inch alloy wheels are available with each package.
Pricing in the UK will start at £31,575 for the 420d, with the 428i and 435i available from £32,595 and £40,795 respectively when the car goes on sale in October.