2022 BMW 4 Series Convertible Leaks Out Via Chinese Patent Bureau
Aside from the missing badges and the design of the alloy rims, this is basically the new BMW 4 Series Convertible. Images of the new Bavarian condom have leaked onto the Internet thanks to China’s National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA). The Greeks at Autoblog found the adjacent photos in the database and decided to share them on the World Wide Web for everyone to see.
After seeing the new 4 Series Coupe with prototypes of the convertible with very little camouflage, these patent images won’t break the internet. That being said, we get a full picture of the new droptop 4er, complete with its love / hate grille and what look like fake vertical vents on the rear. Switching to a fabric roof will reduce a bit of weight and increase cargo space on the outgoing model’s metal roof, but some would argue that a hardtop is generally better.
The patent images show a lesser version – likely the 430i – given that the M440i convertible will have the angular tailpipes we saw on the coupe, shared with the sedan and the mechanically linked M340i / M340d wagon. M Performance models also have larger front air intakes, this 4 Series convertible is missing. At the rear, the third brake light has been integrated into the trunk lid for obvious reasons.
While patent images of the interior are not available, we expect the interior to be essentially carried over from the coupe. BMW might change a few things here and there, but the new 4 Series Convertible will have much of the same interior as its fixed-roof counterpart. That will extend to tech and oily bits, including a top-of-the-line M4 convertible that our spies filmed earlier this week.
With prototypes of the convertible spotted wearing very little disguise, an official reveal is expected to take place shortly. The first order of business for BMW is to present the M3 sedan and the M4 coupe later this month, so the convertible could debut towards the end of the year. The M4 equivalent with folding roof could arrive at some point in 2021, with a very first M3 Touring to complete the lineup in 2022.