Launched for the 2015 model year, BMW’s 435 Gran Coupe stands high on the roster of 4 Series coupes and convertibles. Body lines are seductively curved, in coupe fashion; but this version has four frameless doors and a rear liftgate, promising added practicality.
Actually, it’s based on the highly-regarded 3 Series family of compact sedans and wagons. Efficiency is another strong point, with a fuel-economy estimate of 32 mpg in highway driving. The Gran Coupe is BMW-swift when pushing hard on the gas pedal, too, courtesy of its 300-horsepower six-cylinder engine. It might not be cheap, but the 435 Gran Coupe does strive to cover all bases.
What's New for 2016
Introduced a year ago, the 435 Gran Coupe see little change for the 2016 model year. Instead of optional design “lines,” as before, BMW now offers several option packages, including Luxury and M Sport.
Choosing Your BMW 435 Gran Coupe
Developing 300 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, the turbocharged 3-liter inline six-cylinder engine mates with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive is standard, with BMW’s xDrive all-wheel drive optional. Cargo space reaches 45.9 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down.
The 435 Gran Coupe comes in base trim, with a selection of option packages that can be added. That Base trim includes SensaTec simulated-leather upholstery, 10-way power front seats with driver's memory settings, a 40-20-40 split-folding rear seat that boosts flexibility, steering-wheel paddle shifters, wood or aluminum interior trim, a Harman Kardon 16-speaker 600-watt surround-sound audio system, satellite and HD radio. A power liftgate and V-spoke 18-inch alloy wheels also are standard. An automatic start-stop function can shut the engine off at stoplights, to help fuel economy.
- The Luxury Package provides several choices of leather upholstery and wood or aluminum interior trim, with 18- or 19-inch wheel designs.
- Convenience is the focus of the Technology Package, which includes navigation, advanced real-time traffic information, head-up display, remote services, BMW Online and apps, and an extended-contact instrument cluster.
- M Sport comes closest to qualifying as the "ultimate driving machine" that BMW has promoted for many years. Various upholstery and interior trim combinations are available. M Sport also includes an aerodynamic kit, M steering wheel, and choice of wheels. An M sport suspension is standard, but an adaptive suspension is available at extra cost.
- Stepping up another notch, the Track Handling Package includes the adaptive M suspension, M sport brakes, variable sport steering, and 18- or 19-inch wheels.
- The Driver Assistance Package includes front-rear parking sensors and a rearview camera.
- Driver Assistance Plus features blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning, collision warning and mitigation, side- and top-view camera, and speed-limit data.
Several individual options are offered, including automated parallel parking and active cruise control.
If cost is an issue, you can save $6,300 by buying a four-cylinder 428 Gran Coupe instead of the 435. Opting for the M Sport package brings the 435 Gran Coupe at least somewhat closer to an M4 edition, which does not exist. For peak overall performance, that’s the path to follow. On the other hand, a 435 Gran Coupe is about much more than covering the miles swiftly and comfortably. Being realistic, a base model with a couple of options, such as BMW’s impressive navigation system or advanced driving aids, should more than satisfy most Gran Coupe buyers.