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BMW fine-tunes the 4 Series to make it look sharper and drive even better

BMW has given the 4 Series a modest mid-cycle update. The changes apply to the coupe, convertible, Gran Coupe, and M4 variants.

As you’d expect from the Munich-based brand, the visual modifications are minor at best. The 4’s front end receives standard bi-LED headlights and LED fog lights, while select models benefit from a new-look bumper accented by an elegant strip of chrome trim. Out back, the tweaks are limited to revised LED tail lamps and a redesigned bumper.

Four additional alloy wheel designs and two new paint colors named snapper rocks blue and sunset orange, respectively, round out the changes.

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The cabin has been spruced up with additional chrome and high-gloss trim, while double-stitching on the dashboard adds to the upscale ambiance. Buyers can personalize the 4 by selecting from three new upholstery colors and three additional trim materials, including real wood and glossy black. Finally, the 4 receives an upgraded sports steering wheel, and it’s available with a digital instrument cluster.

BMW promises it made the 4 Series’ suspension stiffer and sportier without sacrificing comfort. All models are now more stable to drive in a straight line, and they offer more communicative steering, according to the company.

It doesn’t sound like BMW has made any mechanical modifications to the 4. The entry-level 430i is still equipped with a turbocharged, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine rated at 248 horsepower. The 440i ups the ante with a 3.0-liter straight-six that uses a twin-scroll turbocharger to produce 320 horses. Buyers can choose between a six-speed manual transmission and an eight-speed automatic gearbox with shift paddles. Rear-wheel drive comes standard, and BMW’s xDrive all-wheel drive system is offered at an extra cost.

Pictured above, the M4 rewards enthusiasts with a twin-turbocharged, 3.0-liter straight-six engine that pumps out 444 horsepower when the optional Competition Package is selected. Bolted to a six-speed manual transmission, the six sends the M4 from 0 to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds.

So far, the updates have only been announced for the European-spec version of the BMW 4 Series. The model sold on our shores is expected to receive the same revisions in the not-too-distant future. Pricing information and full details will be released closer to the 4’s on-sale date.