BMW will redefine its next-generation 4-Series range, further separating the sportier models from the traditional 3-Series sedan and wagon.

Speaking to Australian media at the international launch for the seventh-generation 3-Series in Portugal this week, BMW spokesman Kai Lichte indicated the new 4-Series will be bolder than before, hinting that the coupe, convertible and Gran Coupe four-door will adopt unique styling and driving characteristics.

“We have moved the 3- and 4-Series apart in their current generation,” Lichte said.

“It makes sense that we would move it further apart in its next generation."

BMW created the 4-Series in this current generation, removing the two-door coupe and convertible from the mainstream 3-Series family and introducing the four-door Gran Coupe in 2014.

The next-generation is expected to be showcased in 2019, most likely with the coupe first at the Frankfurt motor show next October, and followed by the convertible at the Los Angeles show a month later.

Lichte would not be drawn on details of the next-generation M3 sedan and M4 Coupe, and whether either - or both - will remain rear-wheel drive or adopt an all-wheel drive transmission in a similar move to the M5 that sits above them.

However, he confirmed earlier reports that the 3-Series Gran Turismo - the oddly-styled but hugely practical five-door liftback - will not be replaced when the current generation ceases production in 2020.

“There’s been a trend to many bodystyles with us and our competition, but maybe this move is at and end and there will be some contraction,” Litche added.

Source: Drive

December 4, 2018