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2018 BMW 4 Series Goes Under The Knife

2018 BMW 4 Series Goes Under The Knife

BMW has taken the 2018 4 Series under the knife with some minor modifications to the car. The changes include some minor visual changes inside and out, and stiffer suspension.

On the outside BMW has swapped out the 4 Series headlights with new ones that include standard bi-LED treatment. The new lamps are more detailed and the LED signature more profound than the outgoing model. BMW has always given some variants of the 4 Series a new bumper that includes a little chrome strip running horizontal.

Around back the 4 Series has new LED tail lights and new bumper treatment that includes a chrome strip like the front. New wheel options round out the rather minor exterior design changes.

Inside the story is fairly similar. BMW has enhanced the trim in areas, while the dash has new upholstery with double-stitching. A new sports steering wheel and optional digital gauge cluster round out the interior changes.

Mechanically BMW says it has stiffened the 4 Series suspension, but it has done so without sacrificing ride quality. The car has been criticized for being too soft in the past, so apparently BMW is trying to address this shortcoming.

BMW is keeping the 248 horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and 320 horsepower 3.0-liter inline-six as the engines of choice of the 4 Series. Both engines can be had with an 8-speed automatic or 6-speed manual gearbox.

So far the updated 4 Series has only been announced for Europe, but BMW is highly likely to bring the modest changes to North America as well later this year.


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  1. Andrew_L
    I dislike the design element on the passenger side that has the "leather" part overlapping the wood/aluminum trim. I would rather see the trim continue across.
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