BMW has released the first official images of its new 4 Series Convertible.
The images show the new car from a host of different angles, and there are few surprises in the way the new car looks – as expected, the design language stays close to the 4 Series Coupe on which the new car will be based.
The pictures also confirm that the 4 Series Convertible will feature a folding hard-top roof, much like its 3 Series predecessor.
BMW says that the new car's roof will, however, offer advanced soundproofing with a "noise-absorbing" headliner, and will also feature interior lamps to "add to the ambience expected of a premium sport coupe".
The company has also released the first technical details of the new car, confirming that the Convertible will feature the same engine line-up at launch as its Coupe brother – to wit, a six-cylinder petrol in the 435i, a four-cylinder petrol in the 428i, and a four-pot diesel in the 420d. All will feature BMW's TwinPower Turbo technology.
These engines will be mated to a standard six-speed manual gearbox. However, BMW will also offer a choice of two eight-speed automatic gearboxes, one with a sports-oriented setup featuring column-mounted paddle shifters to give the option of manual control.
BMW is keen to emphasise the al fresco 4 Series' sporting credentials, pointing out that it will feature the same low centre of gravity and 50:50 weight distribution as the Coupe, though there's no word yet on how much weight the roof mechanism will add.
The new car will also get a longer wheelbase, wider track, and lower standard suspension than the outgoing 3 Series Convertible.
The 4 Series Convertible will be unveiled in the flesh at the Los Angeles Motor Show later this year, before going on sale in the UK next March.
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