New BMW 4 Series Convertible will be a sunseeker

BMW has unveiled the convertible version of its new 4 Series range, with first deliveries in March, priced from £45,785.

An addition to the sixth generation’s model range, the M440i xDrive Convertible offers highly sporting performance courtesy of a 374hp six-cylinder in-line petrol engine, with power transferred to the road via a Steptronic eight-speed gearbox and the intelligent xDrive all-wheel-drive system.

There will also be a choice of two four-cylinder petrol units and a four-cylinder diesel from launch and two straight-six diesel engines from the German marque will join the engine line-up later in 2021.

The new BMW 4 Series Convertible

All models feature the M Sport specification as standard, with the new, even more performance-focused M Sport Pro Edition also available. In addition, both specifications can be upgraded with the Technology Pack – one of several option packs that enable a high level of personalisation.

The newcomer is longer than its predecessor – at 4768 millimetres, it is 128mm longer than before, while width has increased by 27mm to 1852mm and the wheelbase by 41mm to 2851mm.

The panel bow soft-top on the new BMW 4 Series Convertible blends the strengths of a retractable hard-top and the traditional appeal of a fabric roof, says BMW.

It comprises large panel bow elements with a flush-fitting glass rear window, several layers of insulation and a fabric cover available in black as standard and anthracite as an option.

The new BMW 4 Series Convertible

The acoustic and thermal comfort of the panel bow soft-top roof are far superior to that on a conventional soft top. It also 40 per cent lighter than the outgoing model’s retractable hardtop.

The roof is powered by an electric motor that enables it to open or close within 18 seconds at the push of a button, including while on the move at speeds up to 31mph. The variable soft-top compartment allows luggage capacity to be increased from 300 to 385 litres when the roof is closed.

Every BMW 4 Series Convertible comes with the M Sport specification as standard. This includes large front air intakes, a sculpted rear apron, M Sport suspension, 18in M light-alloy wheels, sport seats upholstered in Vernasca leather trim, knee pads on the centre console and a Sensatec dashboard.

The new BMW 4 Series Convertible

New to the BMW 4 Series Convertible line-up is the M440i xDrive. Powered by a 374hp six‑cylinder in-line petrol engine, the flagship model has a standard specification designed to complement the enjoyment of open-air driving with performance that would be respectable on a racetrack, including a 0-62mpgh time of 4.9 seconds.

The 374hp straight-six engine under the bonnet of the flagship model is joined in the range by two four-cylinder petrol units, generating an output of 184hp in the new BMW 420i sDrive Convertible and 258hp in the new BMW 430i sDrive Convertible.

The entry-level unit delivers combined fuel consumption of up to 49.6mpg and CO2 emissions from 140-131g/km, while the more powerful version’s figures are 47.1mpg and 147-138g/km.

The new BMW 4 Series Convertible

A 190hp four-cylinder diesel engine, featuring BMW TwinPower Turbo technology with two‑stage turbocharging, powers the new BMW 420d sDrive Convertible.

It returns combined fuel consumption of up to 67.3mpg, with CO2 emissions of 119-111g/km, while the similarly turbocharged BMW 430d sDrive Convertible, which is due to arrive later in 2021, delivers figures of up to 50.4mpg and 147g/km.

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