The last time we saw the new BMW 4 Series Convertible, we were still getting used to the polarizing design of the coupe. Now, new spy photos almost completely reveal the sunroof, leaving only a swirl on the rear end of the car which, frankly, doesn’t hide much.
This particular test vehicle appears to be a 430i model, based on the softer front fairing and standard dual tailpipes at the rear. This is arguably the best looking of the 4 Series trim – the M440i has a front fascia with massive corner vents and a myriad of body lines that accentuate the large double grille. The lines of the 430 are smoother and simpler, and on this prototype, that creates a rather clean look.
Of course, the changes from the hardtop come at the rear where designers have to mix the folding top with the sweep lines of the 4 Series. The third brake light obviously moves to the trunk, which is considerably flatter. than what you will see on the coupe. Really, the only question left on the design is how exactly the revised rear flows into the rear fascia, which should look the same under that wrap.
At launch, the 4 Series offers a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder in the 430, producing 255 horsepower (190 kilowatts) for the rear wheels or all four. The top-of-the-line M440 receives the 3.0-liter inline-six, boosted to generate 382 hp (285 kW) and a 0-100 km / h sprint of 4.3 seconds. European buyers also have a range of diesel engines, although at this time it’s unclear whether all of these engine options will be available for the convertible.
The coupe made its global debut in early June, with a global launch in October. Rumor has it that the convertible debut is quiet, and with all major auto shows canceled for 2020, a reveal could happen at any time. However, an event in September coinciding with the traditional Frankfurt Motor Show schedule is a distinct possibility.