It’s official: 2014 BMW 4-Series Convertible unveiled image

BMW has officially pulled the wraps off the brand new 4-Series Convertible, ahead of its public debut scheduled for the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show, next month.

The BMW 4-Series Convertible is the second body style of the 4-Series, after the Coupe, and it’s looking just as you might have imagined it, with a retractable hardtop, being made to reduce noise by 2 dB compared to the previous 3-Series Convertible, which can be retracted in 20 seconds, at speeds up to 18 km/h (11 mph). The model in question has been also fitted with three-temperature neck warmers, which will be very appreciated by the driver, who will be able to take it for a spin with the roof down even in low temperatures, without feeling cold.

BMW says that the cargo area of the new 4-Series Convertible has increased to a total of 370 liters (13 cubic feet) compared to its predecessor, by 20 liters (0.7 c.f.) with the top up, and with the roof down it stands at 220 liters (7.8 c.f.). The trim levels which will become available for the BMW 4-Series Convertible will include the Sport, the Luxury and the M Sport, in the United States, while Europeans will also get the Modern version.

As for the engine lineup, over-seas customers will be able to get the 428i, with its 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder unit, producing 240 HP (179 kW) and 345 Nm (255 lb-ft) of torque, which can spring from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 6.2 seconds and it can reach an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h). The 435i is also available, with its 3.0L inline six-cylinder unit, producing 300 HP (224 kW) and 406 Nm (300 lb-ft) of torque. The model can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 5.5 seconds and it can reach the same top speed.

The engines mentioned above will be available only with an eight-speed automatic transmission, with Normal and Sport driving modes, while the 428i version can get the optional xDrive all-wheel drive system. Customers living in Europe can also receive the 420d, which has a 2.0 liter four-cylinder diesel engine under its hood, which is rated at 181 HP (135 kW). The European version of the 4-Series Convertible has a six-speed manual transmission or the above-mentioned 8-speed automatic. Prices for the model in the U.S. will start at 49,675 USD, for the 428i, and at 55,825 USD, for the 435i. The model will be launched in the first quarter of 2014.