These are the first live images of the concept version of BMW’s replacement for the 3-Series Coupe, which once again confirm the new car will be called a 4-Series as well as reaffirming our belief that BMW can still design a stunning vehicle.

Clearly the design of BMW’s new 4-Series Coupe builds on the lines of the regular 3-Series sedan with which it shares a platform, however, the 4-Series Coupe adds a whole new level of aggression and some special styling touches that make it look much more premium.

Of course, this is still a concept, so the production version due later this year will likely see things toned down a little.

Key elements of the design include full-LED headlights with a more tapered-back look and a new take on BMW’s ‘Angel Eyes’ daytime running lights. The grille is also much more pronounced and sits atop a bumper that’s much more aggressive than we’re used to.

Moving rearward, there’s a new fender vent shaped like a reversed number seven. This is a new design trend from BMW that we’ll see on a number of its models including the recently spotted 3-Series Gran Turismo.

That paint finish, by the way, is a unique mix developed just for this concept. BMW calls it Liquid Metal Silver and says it’s perfect for showing of the 4-Series Coupe’s ideal proportions.

The profile of the 4-Series Coupe concept features a beautiful shape that’s reminiscent of the old E46 3-Series Coupe, still one of BMW’s most beautiful designs, while the rear looks clean and shows that designers will likely incorporate the exhaust tips in the rear bumper.

The wheelbase (2,810 mm) is 50 millimeters longer than that of the outgoing 3-Series Coupe, while 45 mm has been added to the front track (1,545 mm) and 80 mm to the rear track (1,593 mm). The roof is 16 millimeters lower than the old 3-Series Coupe, and measures just 1,362 millimeters from the ground.

Inside, the expertise of the BMW Individual personalization service combined with carefully selected materials help continue the premium theme. The role of BMW Individual in the 4-Series Coupe concept’s development is evident in items such as the chocolate-brown Alcantara headliner, natural chestnut wood trim and plush leather surfaces--even the cupholders are lined in leather.

BMW 4-Series Coupe concept

BMW 4-Series Coupe concept

As expected, the design of the interior is shared with the 3-Series while the seats now feature a 2+2 configuration.

As for the engine lineup in the final production 4-Series Coupe, expect the same 328i and 335i designations from the sedan to filter across to the coupe. This means a 240 horsepower 2.0-liter turbo in the 428i and a 300 horsepower 3.0-liter turbo in the 435i model. Transmission choices will include a standard six-speed manual and optional eight-speed automatic.

Note, BMW has plans for several other 4-Series models including a 4-Series Convertible, a new 4-Series Gran Coupe and even an X4 coupe crossover based on the X3. Then there are the M4 performance variants too.