MUNICH (Bloomberg) -- BMW said its vehicle sales will probably reach a third consecutive annual record next year, when the automaker will introduce the 4-series coupe.
The 4 series will share underpinnings with the 3 series sedan, while having a broader, lower and longer design to add sportiness.
The United States will be the biggest market for the car, followed by Germany and the U.K., Ian Robertson, BMW's head of sales and marketing, said at a presentation of the new model in Munich on Wednesday.
The 4 series replaces the coupe version of the 3 series. The 3-series coupe accounted for about 10 percent of total 3-series sales last year. The 4 series will have "competitive" pricing in its segment, Robertson said.
The 4-series coupe is expected to go on sale in mid-2013, followed by the 4-series convertible in the autumn, BMW said.
BMW released photos of the concept 4-series coupe on Wednesday, but did not provide additional production or price details. The concept 4-series coupe will be introduced at the Detroit auto show in January.
The 4 series is longer, wider and lower than the outgoing 3-series coupe. It also rides on a larger chassis than the model it replaces. BMW said the new chassis helps improve interior packaging and room.
The 4 series -- developed under the internal codename F32 -- is based on the same high strength steel platform structure and uses the same aluminum intensive underpinnings as the latest 3-series sedan. Alongside standard rear-wheel drive models, BMW plans to offer selected all-wheel drive xDrive versions of the coupe.