The next-generation 2020 BMW 4 Series convertible has recently been caught in the winter testing in Sweden, Europe. The BMW 4 Series is based on the new G20 3-series, codenamed G22 and G23, which was launched to the market to replace the BMW 3 Series coupe and convertible since 2013. The German automaker currently offer 4 Series in several variants, including two- door coupe and convertible, as well as Gran Coupe with a four-door liftback.
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The upcoming BMW 4 Series convertible gets the biggest changes and evolutionary redesign, which makes it look different from the current model that features heavy folding hard tops. Instead, this new model is equipped with a soft-top and cloth roof, complete with more modern interiors and a myriad of new high-tech features.
However, the 2020 BMW 4 Series convertible will ride on the BMW Cluster Architecture platform (CLAR) – the same architecture platform that you can find in all BMW SUV lineups and new rear-wheel-drive-based models. Thanks to the CLAR platform and its cloth roof, the new 4 Series convertible is claimed to be much lighter and has a significant reduction in weight compared to the previous generation models. However, the overall dimensions of the upcoming 4 Series convertibles may be more or less similar to the new BMW 3 Series sedan.
Under the hood, the 2020 BMW 4 Series convertible will be powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine capable of delivering 255 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque – it’s available for the new 430i variant. While the next M440i model gets a turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine, which is claimed to produce 382 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. Of course, that means the new 4 Series convertibles will share the same powertrain with the 2019 BMW 3 Series sedan.
All engine options will be offered with a standard eight-speed automatic transmission, and there’s no manual transmission option. The rear-wheel drive comes as standard equipment for the 2020 BMW 4 Series convertible, while the xDrive all-wheel drive setup is only available as optional when the car goes on sale on the market. Other rumors suggest that BMW is also preparing a more powerful “twin-turbocharged inline-six engine” rated at around 500 horsepower. It will be available for the new M4 model with a standard all-wheel drive setup mated to a manual gearbox.
As for the estimated release date, the 2020 BMW 4 Series convertible is expected to arrive at U.S. showrooms later this year. While the price tag might rise slightly from the new BMW 3 Series pricing. The upcoming 430i convertible is expected to go on sale in the price range of around $54,150, while the new M440i model might be priced at around $63,200 or get an increase of several thousand dollars from the current 440i xDrive price.