The new BMW 4-series cabriolet was spotted while testing, indicating that it will keep the retractable hard-top roof of the present 3-series cabrio. BMW is being pressured to use a soft-top instead so that its look would be more visually different than the coupe model. But BMW has apparently chosen to retain the hard-top.
Similar to its coupe sibling, this latest 4-series cabriolet will get rid of the 3-series badge so that it could have a more distinct style and so that it could appear more exclusive over the staple 3-series saloon and estate models.
This new 4-series cabriolet is codenamed F33 and is expected to go on sale in the middle of 2014. It will probably raise its prices as its engines come from the higher-end of the new 3-series’ range and it offers a higher level of equipment. BMW will also be coming out with an M version of the 4-series cabriolet, which bears the codename F33M.
Just like the 4-series coupe, this will probably be badged M4 to make a bigger gap between the M3 saloon and the M4 coupe and cabriolets. By adopting the M4 badge for the coupe and cabriolet, the company could offer the new M3 saloon earlier. Its two-doors aren’t expected until late 2014 at the earliest, at least one year after the M3.
With the release of the new 4-Series Convertible, BMW is hoping to usher in a new era as it relates to open cars under the mid-size premium range. It was with the first 4-Series Coupe that the brand introduced a new design language but it only became more obvious when the second model came out. By being in a 4-Series Convertible, this same design language allows the entry of a new standard when it comes to elegance and dynamism.
The same is true for the driving pleasure it offers, be it with the top down or up. While the unique design of the 4-Series Convertible makes it different from the 3-Series versions, the different technical features are also what set it apart.
A good example of how the design language is present in the new 4-Series Convertible is when one looks at its elegant profile. When the top is down, there is a good balance in the proportions and the roofline.
Even if there is no B column, it has that sleek appearance. The retractable hardtop is composed of three parts and is set apart from others with its use of innovative soundproofing through the noise-absorbing headliner. No matter what the weather situation is, be it a windy day or winter, real passenger comfort is guaranteed.
In terms of dimensions, the 4-Series Convertible is larger when compared to the 3-Series Convertible in terms of width, wheelbase, and track. The main reason why there is that perfect balance when it comes to the characteristic flowing lines and proportions is due to making the overhangs in the front and rear shorter with the bonnet being stretched and the set-back passenger compartment.
That the 4-Series Convertible continues to be related to the 3-Series versions is evident with its various design features seen on the front end like the large air intakes placed on the front apron, twin circular headlights, and the double-kidney grille. The 4-Series Convertible is quite dynamic with these different elements. A good example of this are the Air Breathers which have been placed on the wheel arches on the front but positioned in a rearward manner.
When combined with the Air Curtains, the two are able to help reduce the aerodynamic drag as well as lower the turbulence experienced by the front wheels. At the rear, the boot area sports a flat design which helps in emphasizing the flowing harmony of the 4-Series Convertible’s overall silhouette.
Its muscular wheel arches and horizontal lines together help highlight the wide track of this model. In addition, it makes use of the rear-wheel drive principle. Going inside the 4-Series Convertible, the interior roof has been lined with lamps which help give it that atmosphere similar to a premium sport coupe.
If the top is positioned down, it is stored in the boot and the typical load and unload function then twists the folded roof upwards in the luggage compartment.
This results in not only having enough storage space but even easy access. Thus it is possible to easily stow bulky and large items even if the top is positioned down. Unlike the previous model, the sporty and low seats more than guarantee that there is extra legroom in the rear in addition to having more headroom.