A lot has been said about the BMW 4 Series these past couple of weeks. Some comments were kind, and others, well, not so nice. Say what you want about the styling, the massive nostrils are here to stay.
But perhaps your opinion might change with the roofless version of the 4 Series. BMW has introduced the 4 Series convertible for those who enjoy open-top motoring. This time around, BMW mixed things up a bit, particularly with the top.
Unlike the past 3 Series and 4 Series convertibles, the 2021 edition no longer comes with the metal folding roof mechanism. The all-new 4 Series Convertible reverts to a cloth top, just like drop tops of the past. Because of that, BMW made several changes to the design to accommodate the new fabric roof.
For instance, the trunk is flatter than the one found in the coupe. That gives the 4 Series Convertible a unique look from the coupe. The convertible also has extended rear quarter panels, again to make way for the roof storage. From the rear-quarter view, the 4 Series Convertible has a more aggressive stance compared to the standard two-door thanks to these design tweaks.
No, BMW didn't come up with any dramatic changes to the front. The grille is still the same, and so are the corner air intakes. If there is any difference between the coupe and convertible at the front, that would be the windshield. The windshield in the soft-top is larger, and the pillars have a more rakish angle.
Now, for the engines, and it's the same ones found in the 4 Series Coupe and 3 Series. It starts with a 2.0-liter turbo with 184 PS in the 420i. A more powerful version of the same 2.0-liter is used in the 430i, and that one makes 258 PS. The most powerful option is found in M440i xDrive, with its turbocharged inline-six putting out 374 PS.
There are even diesel options for the 4 Series Convertible. The 320d puts out 190 PS, the 330d makes 286 PS, and the M440d xDrive pushes 340 PS.
Given that BMW Philippines offers the 4 Series range locally, there's a good chance the 4 Series Convertible will land here. But before we see the topless version, we're expecting the coupe to arrive here first.