2021 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe Spotted Again As Kidney Grille Suspense Builds Up

Earlier this month we had the chance to see the first spy photos of the next-generation BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe as a prototype was spotted on a car transporter in Germany.

Now it’s time to see how the all-new 4 Series Gran Coupe looks like on the road in this latest set of images taken on the streets of Munich. While we’re still dealing with a fully camouflaged model, the new photos give us a better idea of how the new 4 Series Gran Coupe will look like in the real world.

Styled very similarly to the upcoming BMW i4 all-electric vehicle, the 4 Series Gran Coupe adopts the headlights and taillights from the 4 Series Coupe and Convertible models, as well as a normal perforated grille given that it will be powered by internal combustion engines which need cooling.

Expect a lineup of turbocharged four-cylinder and six-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines and possibly a plug-in hybrid powertrain. Rumor has it BMW will also offer an M4 Gran Coupe for the first time, but you should take that with a grain of salt.

Also read: In Defense Of The New BMW 4-Series’ Gaping Grille

We could not have ended this story without addressing the elephant in the room, namely the size, shape and orientation of the kidney grilles. Following the Frankfurt Motor Show world debut of the Concept 4 which previews the next-generation 4 Series, everyone who has a remote interest in BMW is wondering whether those massive grilles will make it to production – whether that be specific or all models.

Unfortunately, we cannot offer a clear answer based on these spy shots alone, as BMW is careful to hide the grilles under a slightly transparent mesh fabric. However, looking closely at the photos it’s pretty obvious that the grilles are massive, at least as far as their width is concerned. The big question is how far down to the bumper they go so here’s hoping that future spy shots will shed more light on this matter.

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  • DingYeh Yang

    Ah the kidney problems again…. stop drinking BMW!!!

    • Ermal Morina

      nice pun

  • alexxx

    The grill will be normal size…probably little bigger then the last one but not huge like the concept …

    • Wrescr

      Nope. It will be the big grill. It can be seen through the black mesh front cover, including the wedge shaped divider between each side grill, both top and bottom, which is way on the bottom. Big grill it is. Identical in size and shape.

      • alexxx

        We’ll see…👍

  • disqus_MEVBI5UbTR

    I remember when the BMW designer whatever his name is tried to assure us that the huge grille thing would only apply to cars like the 7 and X7 series. Then we saw the concept 4, and now BMW fans are rightfully worried that it’s going to go full spectrum.

    • HawkeyeVG

      FIRE HIM!!!!!

      • cnet-970ad33b278bd3b05502252be3640ea5

        Why, after 2 decades? Did the Bangle butt E65 745i, lived to tell.

        • Dennis Markley

          Uh…no. The Bangle Butt was the creation of Chris Bangle, not Von Hooydonk…

          • cnet-970ad33b278bd3b05502252be3640ea5

            Source? van Hooydonk drew 645i & 745i under Bangle’s direction, Bangle just took the public heat for it. The former’s signed sketches are posted on Pinterest & elsewhere.

    • DaruniaG

      Adrian Von Hooydonk

    • cnet-970ad33b278bd3b05502252be3640ea5

      Also iNext Concept, neither have made it to production. BMW have been doing kidneys for 8 decades, check 1st 328, used to cover whole front end of car. Everything old is new again.

      • Matt Stokes

        BMW 303, 1933, before the 328… it literally covered the entire nose of the car and was the birth of kidney grille. Since then they’ve been tall, wide, short, narrow, missing, filled in, and even now glowing.

        • cnet-970ad33b278bd3b05502252be3640ea5

          And of course horizontal on the 507, which auctions for million$. I gave up on the internets’ opinions of kidneys when they started comparing them to Hitler’s moustaches. Pontiac ripping them off for Grand Ams didn’t help, either.

  • Charles Chin

    I hope its gonna be a huge fking grill, makes everyone agitated.

  • boo boo the fool

    I want a big grill

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