The new BMW 4 Series Convertible makes the switch to a folding soft-top. BMW is expected to begin delivering the new model in international markets in March next year.
- The new soft-top is 40 percent lighter and can be operated up to 50kph.
- The M440i xDrive trim gets a 374hp six-cylinder petrol engine with four-wheel drive.
- It will be offered with a range of petrol and diesel engine internationally.
BMW 4 Series Convertible design
The drop-top four-seater is the latest addition to the second-generation 4 Series range, following the launch of the Coupé and hot M4 variant, and shares the same controversial front-end styling that features an enlarged kidney grille.
BMW 4 Series Convertible roof details
Whereas the previous convertible 4 Series used a folding hard-top, the new version features a cloth roof. That brings it in line with the latest 2 Series and 8 Series convertibles and matches the rival Audi A5 and Mercedes-Benz C-class cabriolets.
The 4 Series Convertible’s soft-top uses panel bow elements and a glass rear window that, BMW claims, offer greater acoustic and thermal comfort than a standard soft top. The electrically powered roof takes 18 seconds to open or close and can be operated at vehicle speeds of up to 50kph.
The roof is 40 percent lighter than the hard top used in the previous 4 Series Convertible and BMW has used extra bracing and panels to improve the body rigidity, which the firm says is 4 percent higher than on the previous version.
BMW 4 Series Convertible engines
The 4 Series convertible line-up is headlined by M440i xDrive, offered in convertible guise for the first time. It features a 374hp mild-hybrid, six-cylinder petrol engine and four-wheel drive. There are also two four-cylinder petrol engines, offering 184hp and 258hp, and a 190hp four-cylinder diesel. In international markets, two straight-six diesels will follow in November next year. All engines use an 8-speed automatic gearbox.
BMW 4 Series Convertible features
In the M Sport trim, the new 4 Series Convertible gets M Sport suspension, 18-inch alloy wheels, front sport seats and BMW’s latest 10.25-inch iDrive infotainment touchscreen. M Sport Pro Edition adds 19-inch alloys, while a new Sprint mode and adaptive suspension, will be available as an option.
BMW 4 Series Convertible India launch details
BMW India has not officially announced if and when it will bring the new 4 Series Convertible to our market. However, BMW is expected to launch the 4 Series Coupe in India sometime in 2021.
Besides this, the German carmaker is currently set to launch the all-new 2 Series Gran Coupe in India in the near future. BMW also plans to launch the 5 Series facelift and updated 6 Series GT in 2021.