BMW has pulled both the canvas and the roof of the 4-series Cabrio, making the 3- and 4-series family almost complete! Remarkably, the brand-new 4-series Cabrio does not have a steel folding roof, but just a conventional fabric hood.
A strong wind of innovation is blowing at BMW. The brand has quickly facelifted the 5-series, then came up with the 4-series and presented the new M3 and M4 to the world a few weeks ago. That fantastic M4 is certainly not the latest news for the 4-series, which for the time being only consists of the 4-series Coupé. There is still a brand new Gran Coupé, an electric alternative (i4) and a new Convertible in the barrel. The latter has now also been added to the BMW family.
The biggest news is of course in the roof construction. Of course, the 4-series Cabrio is again a cut-open version of the Coupé, but unlike the outgoing model, it does not get a complex heavy steel folding roof. No, BMW is simply giving the 4-series a fabric hood as it last applied in this model line to the 3-series Convertible that was delivered until the mid-2000s, the E46. Like its direct predecessors, the body has a strikingly flat line, which is clearly visible when the roof is folded down. That new roof weighs 40 percent less than the steel folding roof of its predecessor. The soft top is finished in black as standard, a roof with Antrazit Silber effect is optional. We can be brief about the appearance, which with its eccentric high kidney grille and LED lights is very similar to that of the 4-series Coupé. Of course BMW puts M-decoration on the option lists. Think of an M Carbon exterior package and M Performance Parts.
The luggage compartment has a capacity of 300 liters, 80 liters more than before. With the roof closed, with 385 liters, you can bring a total of 15 liters more than in the previous type. Also handy: the backrests of the rear seat can be folded down. The BMW 4 Series Convertible is optionally available with a windshield. Air Collar integrated into the headrests, which blows warm air, is also on the option list.
The 4-series Cabrio has to do without a heavy M4 version for a while. Until then, the all-wheel drive M440i xDrive with its 374 hp 3.0 straight-six is the leader of the range. The M440i benefits directly from mild-hybrid technology, and that means that it can temporarily have 11 hp extra. A sprint to 100 km / h takes only 4.9 seconds. An eight-speed Steptronic transmission is standard for all models. An eight-speed Steptronic Sport transmission with Sprint function, which accelerates the car faster, is optional. For those who use the M440i too much, BMW still has the petrol-fired 258 hp and 400 Nm strong 430i and the 420i with 184 hp and 300 Nm on the price list. Both four-cylinder. Diesel is possible with the 190 hp and 400 Nm strong 420d, with the 430d with 286 hp and 650 Nm and with the mighty M440d, which is good for a power delivery of 340 hp and 700 Nm. The latter is now equipped with mild-hybrid technology and therefore temporarily gets 11 hp extra from the 48v system. In 5.1 counting this diesel topper sprints to 100 km / h. Whether the 4-series Cabrio also drives a bit nicely? BMW says so. The brand says it has strengthened the car to keep its stiffness intact, including by mounting a cross panel at the front.
The new 4-series Cabrio will be at dealers in March next year. Prices will follow in the run-up to the market launch.
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