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Besides their incredible performance, BMW vehicles easily stand out from rivals thanks to their unique grille designs. Once two vertical radiator grilles in the 1940s, it gradually shifted to the conjoined kidney design that everyone is familiar with. That’s why the latest grille design on the BMW 4 Series sedan has really shaken up the BMW community.

The kidney grille has been drastically shortened, now looking like a pair of buck teeth. Some thought the automaker would reconsider this design choice, but it’s still there for the 2022 model. What do critics like MotorTrend think about the 4 Series coupe’s dynamic makeover?

The bucktooth grille might be here to stay

A black BMW 4 Series luxury automobile in the BMW Welt showroom, operated by Bayerische Motoren Werke AG, in Munich, Germany
The BMW 4 Series | Andreas Gebert/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The new BMW 4 Series grille might seem out of place at first, but MotorTrend noticed a few other design changes first. Unlike its previous generation, it no longer looks like just a copy of the 3 Series sedan. The glasshouse at the front is shorter, plus it has new accents on the sides of the doors and front fenders.

With the extra fender bits, the buck-tooth grille actually fits in nicely with the 4 Series Gran Coupe’s overall design. And despite the backlash, BMW’s head of design is very satisfied with the new grille. Domagoj Dukec told Autocar that “If you want to create something that stands out, it must be distinguished and it has to be different.”

Other BMWs with the new grille

The BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe isn’t the only BMW with new teeth, as evidenced by the new M3 sedan. It features a satisfying straight-six engine, plus an engaging manual gearbox on the base trim.

The BMW M4 is only available as a two-door model, making it a little less practical for some shoppers. However, it’s definitely the quicker of the two due to its lighter curb weight.

Is the 2022 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe a good car?


Don’t Let an Ugly Face Stop You From Buying the 2021 BMW 4 Series

Even if you’re not fond of the new grille, rest assured that it doesn’t affect the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe’s performance. The base 430i comes equipped with a 2.0-liter turbo-four that makes 255 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. It’s only available in rear-wheel drive, but you can upgrade to the M440i xDrive for AWD.

These models also come with a more powerful turbo-six that makes 382 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. MotorTrend assures us that this engine will also be able to be paired with FWD in the future. It also currently has a mild-hybrid system that can supply an extra 11 hp to the motor.

On the M440i, a Dynamic Handling package is standard, which carries a locking rear differential, bigger wheels, and beefier brakes. The 430i Gran Coupe can have these features as optional equipment. Both powertrains come with an eight-speed automatic transmission, plus an available adaptive suspension. An active air-flap control system is also new for this year, which should make the 4 Series Gran Coupe more aerodynamic.

Since its powertrain is unchanged, we can expect it to be just as fun to drive as the two-door version. Car and Driver says the 4 Series sedan delivers a sporty ride thanks to its low gravity center and updated suspension. It can reach 60 mph in as little as 3.8 seconds, with impressive braking prowess as well.

The cabin is just as fancy as ever, and several nice bits of technology come standard. A 12.3-inch touchscreen is included, plus a host of useful driver’s aids. Optional features include a wireless charging pad and a premium audio system.

The 2022 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe, beaver fang grille and all, is expected to go on sale in August. The 430i Gran Coupe starts at $45,795, while the M440i xDrive retails for $58,995.