BMW draws a line on the hardtop introduced in 2007. Its new 4 Series Cabriolet in dealerships next spring returns to the traditional canvas top, sparing a more elegant silhouette and less expensive in weight. By renouncing the hard roof that fitted the previous model, the Munich manufacturer announces that it has reduced the weight of this equipment by 40%. It’s not luxury these days. Other benefits: the lighter fabric top reduces the center of gravity and the boot volume increases by 80 liters with the top down to 300 liters. With the roof closed, the loading capacity increases to 385 l (+ 15 l). An opening in the rear seat can accommodate long items.
The elegance of the fabric headgear will not obscure the huge vertical grille shared with the 4 Series Coupe and the M3-M4 duo. From the coupe launched in a few weeks, the convertible also shares the widened tracks. In the case of the convertible, they increase by + 28 mm at the front and + 18 mm at the rear compared to the previous model. BMW announces that it has taken care of road handling and agility. The chassis structure has been stiffened, notably adopting an aluminum reinforcement plate at the front axle.
The range of engines is modeled on that of the coupe. Three versions will be offered for launch next March. The 420i's 184 hp 2-liter turbo-petrol 4-cylinder is the only one to dispense with 48 V light hybridization technology. The 420d's 4-cylinder 2-liter turbo diesel (190 hp) and the six-cylinder The M440i's 374 hp 3-liter turbo petrol line is associated with an 11 hp starter alternator. All three versions come standard with the 8-speed automatic transmission. The price starts at 59,550 euros for the 420i.