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Recently, it was feared that the BMW 4-Series was living on borrowed time. But BMW would like to tell you that, in spite of what those rumors said, it won't be sending its popular two-door to the chopping block after all.


Tom Plucinsky, BMW's Head of Product Communications for North America, spoke of the model's future in a recent conversation with Motortrend, and he insists that development of the automaker's Neue Klasse electric architecture doesn't pose a threat for the current gas-powered portfolio.


"We never said that we would go full BEV by a certain time because we’ve always been of the opinion that certain markets in the country and certain markets around the world will be faster and slower to convert to BEV," Plucinsky said. As a result, company remains invested in gas-powered powertrains, and research is being also conducted on hydrogen for more sustainable long-distance travel. "If for you, a BEV is the right thing to do, great, we can, we’ll build you a BEV," he continued. "If you’re still an internal combustion engine type person, we’ll build those as well."



Previously, BMW Blog claimed that there was no successor planned for the two-door 4-Series, citing that work was well underway on BMW's Neue Klasse EV architecture and there was no such successor planned to go alongside the electric 3-Series sedan. Now that we know this isn't true, the question remains whether the 4-Series will stick with combustion or go fully-electric––or possibly both.


While the 4-Series is off the hook for now, Plucinsky didn't elaborate on the future of the 8-Series or Z4. Both of these two-door sports cars have also been rumored to face the end of production, as they sit at a lower-volume position than the 4-Series. Perhaps they will meet the grim fate previously rumored for the 4-Series, or maybe they'll be succeeded by Neue-Klasse-based EVs. Only time will tell.



Image Credits: BMW
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May 10, 2024
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BMW Insists That The 4-Series Will Live To See Another Generation

An earlier report suggested that the German two-door was approaching its demise.

Recently, it was feared that the BMW 4-Series was living on borrowed time. But BMW would like to tell you that, in spite of what those rumors said, it won't be sending its popular two-door to the chopping block after all.


Tom Plucinsky, BMW's Head of Product Communications for North America, spoke of the model's future in a recent conversation with Motortrend, and he insists that development of the automaker's Neue Klasse electric architecture doesn't pose a threat for the current gas-powered portfolio.


"We never said that we would go full BEV by a certain time because we’ve always been of the opinion that certain markets in the country and certain markets around the world will be faster and slower to convert to BEV," Plucinsky said. As a result, company remains invested in gas-powered powertrains, and research is being also conducted on hydrogen for more sustainable long-distance travel. "If for you, a BEV is the right thing to do, great, we can, we’ll build you a BEV," he continued. "If you’re still an internal combustion engine type person, we’ll build those as well."



Previously, BMW Blog claimed that there was no successor planned for the two-door 4-Series, citing that work was well underway on BMW's Neue Klasse EV architecture and there was no such successor planned to go alongside the electric 3-Series sedan. Now that we know this isn't true, the question remains whether the 4-Series will stick with combustion or go fully-electric––or possibly both.


While the 4-Series is off the hook for now, Plucinsky didn't elaborate on the future of the 8-Series or Z4. Both of these two-door sports cars have also been rumored to face the end of production, as they sit at a lower-volume position than the 4-Series. Perhaps they will meet the grim fate previously rumored for the 4-Series, or maybe they'll be succeeded by Neue-Klasse-based EVs. Only time will tell.



Image Credits: BMW

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