This is the production version of BMW’s 4-series Coupé, stripped of most of the disguise that has until now hidden the shape of the finished vehicle.
Recently previewed as a concept at the Los Angeles motor show, the 4-series will go on sale late next year, replacing the 3-series Coupé.
It’s clear from these images that some of the show car’s bolder styling details will not make it into production. The treatment of the lower rear bumper is much more conventional, without the concept’s full-width mesh insert and integrated tailpipes.
At the front the concept’s distinctive lower bumper is retained, along with the large air intakes below the headlamps.
The concept’s razor sharp crease lines along the bodyside are clearly evident, although the door handle has moved above the strong line that runs from the front wing to the rear three-quarter panel.
The 4-series range will be launched with the coupé, followed by a convertible in 2014. Later that year the much-discussed M4 will finally appear, with a cabrio version in 2015.
BMW will add a four-door 4-series GranCoupé, with the distinct possibility of an M4 GranCoupé to complete the line-up.