Cars Coming Soon: BMW 4 Series, Lexus IS Range, New Maserati Plans
BMW 4 Series.
The name has an odd ring to it, doesn’t it? While it might sound funny to say, the new coupe looks absolutely sinister, and I don’t think it’ll be long before the name slips off the tongue like we’ve known it for years. The 4 Series replaces the 3 Series coupe and has a 2-inch-longer wheelbase, adds 1.7 inches of width, and is a half-inch shorter. The resulting look is somewhat like a smaller 6 Series and incredibly sleek compared with the more conservative 3 Series.
Just guessing here, but it’s probably safe to assume power will come from the 2.0-liter turbocharged 4 and the 3.0-liter turbo 6 from the 3 Series sedan. The BMW 4 Series will debut at next month’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
Also debuting in Detroit will be the new range of the Lexus IS.
For 2014, the smallest Lexus will be available in IS 250, IS 350 and IS 300h trims, the latter getting a brand-new hybrid drivetrain previewed in the recent Lexus LF-CC concept car. Even better, there will also be an F Sport version of the IS.
Automobile magazine took a drive in a prototype IS 350 F Sport and said,
Meanwhile the F Sport represents a more mature approach to speed from Lexus, one that’s more civilized than the Lexus IS F. The 2014 Lexus IS 350 F Sport is apparently the kind of car that you can drive to the Nurburgring, roar around for an afternoon, and then drive home again and go to the supermarket along the way.
That sounds like an exciting new direction for Lexus that’s well worth keeping an eye on.
Maserati is certainly no stranger to performance, and the rumor mill says the Italian automaker will build a supercar positioned above the GranTurismo for 2015. The company is also at work on a new SUV called the Levante (formerly the Kubang concept) and a midsize sedan positioned under the Quattroporte called the Ghibli, which just might open the Maserati brand to legions of BMW 5 Series customers.
Which is your favorite of these cars coming soon?