New BMW 4 Series Convertible

BMW 4 Series Convertible

Open top motoring has never been more appealing with BMW Australia today launching the stunning new BMW 4 Series Convertible.

Closely following in the footsteps of its recently released Coupé sibling, the newest open top model from BMW sets new standards in terms of dynamics, elegance and extraordinary driving pleasure for its segment.

According to Phil Horton, managing director of BMW Group Australia, the new BMW 4 Series Convertible sets fresh heights in emotional allure.

“With its striking blend of performance, elegance and innovation the new BMW 4 Series Convertible instantly appeals,” he said.

“It’s a definite winner and is sure to extend on the worldwide success of its predecessor,” said Horton.

The new BMW 4 Series Convertible reflects the more muscular and purposeful design first seen on the Coupé variant. Exterior features have been designed to highlight the vehicle’s sporty pedigree, starting with a large wide air-intake in the front apron which accentuates the vehicle’s increased width. The air-intake is capped at both ends by apertures for aerodynamically motivated air-curtains which are complimented by air-breathers located just behind the front wheels.

The design language of the new BMW 4 Series Convertible is also reflected in the car’s unmistakably sleek and elegant silhouette with the convertible top up or down.

Proportionally larger in comparison to the out-going model, the new BMW 4 Series Convertible boasts an overall length of 4,638 mm, an increase of 26 mm, and a width of 1,825 mm which has increased by 43 mm over the predecessor.

There have also been some significant changes made by the engineers at BMW to enhance the steering accuracy and agility over the out-going model.  The chassis has been significantly extended with 50 mm added to the wheel base and substantial increases to the track width with 45 mm extra at the front and a full 81 mm extra width at the rear.

Refinements have also been made to the suspension of the vehicle, including fine-tuning of the springs and damping, axle kinematics and elastokinematics, as well as providing additional strengthening elements in the front section and undercarriage of the car.

The three-piece retractable hardtop in the BMW 4 Series Convertible is based on the tried and tested mechanical design from the predecessor, albeit with numerous enhancements that reduce noise level to improve the interior ambience. The new, more noise absorbent headliner also includes interior lighting features to bring it more in line with the fixed top Coupe variants.

BMW 4 Series Convertible

With the push of a button the three-piece retractable hardtop opens in just 20 seconds, even whilst driving at speeds of up to 18km/h and includes an easy-loading function for convenient access to the boot.

For added comfort the new BMW 4 Series Convertible is also available with the optional Air Collar feature (standard on 435i).

This new feature warms the neck with a variable stream of air and includes three-position adjustment via a control cleverly integrated into the switch for the convertible roof.

Powered by the latest in engine technology, the new BMW 4 Series Convertible models are all equipped with BMW TwinPower turbo engines boasting exhilarating power and torque figures, yet still returning impressive fuel economy.

At the entry point to the range, the 420d Convertible is equipped with a BMW TwinPower turbo four-cylinder diesel engine producing 135kW of power and 380 Nm of torque. The 420d accelerates to 100km/h in 8.2 seconds and boasts a staggeringly low fuel consumption figure of 4.8 l/100km, with emissions of just 127 grams of CO2 per km.

The 428i Convertible features the multi-award winning TwinPower turbo four-cylinder petrol engine, developing 180 kW of power and 350 Nm of torque.  This output is enough to achieve the 0-100 km/h sprint in just 6.4 seconds while consuming a low 6.7 l/100 km of fuel on the combined cycle.

At the top of the range, the supremely capable performance of the 435i Convertible is generated by the much lauded BMW TwinPower turbo in-line six-cylinder petrol engine which produces 225 kW and 400 Nm of torque.  Reaching 100 km/h in just 5.5 seconds, the performance belies the conscientiously frugal fuel consumption and emissions figures of just 7.7 l/100km and 180 g/km of CO2 respectively.

These impressive results are achieved in part due to the standard inclusion of the eight-speed sport automatic transmission for all BMW 4 Series Convertible models.

All three models combine ultra-efficient engine and transmission combinations with a suite of BMW EfficientDynamics technologies to achieve exemplary consumption and emissions figures. Each BMW 4 Series Convertible is equipped with Auto Stop/Start, Brake Energy Regeneration, ECO PRO mode and on-demand ancillaries such as electric power steering.

BMW 4 Series Convertible

The equipment levels of the BMW 4 Series Convertible models are similarly impressive with high levels of standard specification across the range.

On top of the already mentioned automatic transmission and fuel saving technologies, the 420d Convertible also includes a level of features more befitting a top-of-the range model.

The highest level of safety is ensured with the full suite of BMW Dynamic Stability Control systems, roll-over protection system, four airbags for the front seat passengers, active protection which initiates protective measures if an accident situation is imminent and a powerful braking system with front and rear inner vented discs.

Driver awareness and visibility is well served by the standard front and rear Park Distance Control (PDC), rear view camera, Bi-Xenon headlights with auto headlight control and rain sensor, as well as an anti-dazzle interior rear view mirror.

The comfort of the occupants is guaranteed, thanks to the two-zone automatic climate control system, heat/sun protection glazing of the windows, full electric sports seats with memory as well as heating function for driver and front passenger and Dakota leather upholstery. A range of versatile storage options throughout the car ensure there is a place for everything – bottle holders in the front door pockets, nets on the front seat backrests as well as an additional versatile storage net. Under the floor of the luggage compartment is a dividable storage tray. With a through loading system in the rear seat backrest and an easy loading function which includes an automatic tailgate, the maximum space for luggage is made available with the greatest of ease. For reduced wind buffeting with the roof open a wind deflector is also included as standard.

Accompanying the six-speaker audio system with auxiliary in and USB connection is the convenience telephony with extended smart-phone connectivity which allows extended Bluetooth functionality such as audio streaming and pairing of multiple devices.

BMW 4 Series Convertible

Additionally the 420d Convertible comes standard with the high-end navigation system Professional which includes an iDrive touch controller, a high-res 8.8-inch colour screen and 20Gb hard drive storage for music files.

At the middle of the range, the 428i Convertible is further enhanced with the addition of anti-dazzle function for interior and exterior mirrors, electric lumbar support for driver and front passenger seats, internet functionality and an upgrade to the nine-speaker HiFi loudspeaker system and the inclusion of the Adaptive M suspension, which lowers ride height by 10 mm and provides adaptable damping.

Both the 420d and 428i Convertibles also include either the ‘Sport Line’, ‘Modern Line’ or ‘Luxury Line’ as standard. All of these standard packages are designed to create a specific character for the car.

The ‘Sport Line’ features specific high-gloss black for the front and rear bumper trims, kidney grille, b-pillar trims and window recess covers with a black chrome trim for the exhaust tip. The interior is also characterised with chrome pearl grey surrounds on air-conditioning and radio controls, sport leather steering wheel with red contrast stitching, high-gloss black interior trim with coral red accent lines and the choice of black leather upholstery with red stitching or coral red upholstery with black stitching. The 420d Convertible will also receive 18-inch double spoke style alloy wheels with the 428i Convertible getting 19-inch alloy rims in star-spoke styling.

Selecting the ‘Luxury Line’ uses similar trim elements to create an entirely different character. Exclusive chrome trims now feature on the front and rear bumper, kidney grille and exhaust tip, and the Line also offers alternative upholstery colours of saddle brown with extended trim colour, Veneto beige or black. Wheel sizes stay the same for the respective models but get a different styling with 18-inch multi-spoke style for the 420d Convertible and 19-inch for the 428i Convertible.

‘Modern Line’ creates further differentiation with 18-inch turbine style for the 420d Convertible and 19-inch turbine style for the 428i Convertible and exclusive satinated aluminium trims for the kidney grille, front and rear bumpers, window recess covers and exhaust tip. The Dakota leather upholstery is available in either black, oyster with black colour world or oyster with oyster colour world. The interior is trimmed in pearl dark with pearl gloss chrome accent lines with black or oyster for the leather steering wheel.

The range topping 435i Convertible comes further equipped with features that support its high-end positioning within the line-up.

The combination of standard Adaptive M suspension, variable sport steering and high performance fixed calliper four-pot brake system on the front substantially enhance the dynamics and agility of this model. Additional features such as the inclusion of a standard M Sport package (optional on 420d and 428i) – which comprises19-inch M double-spoke alloy wheels, M aerodynamics package, M leather steering wheel and a host of exclusive M Sports package trim features such as kidney grille with nine bars in high-gloss black and BMW individual roof-liner in anthracite – serves to further reflect the sporty pedigree and dynamic nature of this 435i Convertible.

The 435i Coupé also includes features such as Comfort Access, a 12-speaker 500W digitally amplified harman/kardon surround sound system and the Air Collar system which substantially enhances the high customer value of the vehicle.

The new BMW 4 Series Convertible will be arriving in Australian showrooms from March.

BMW 4 Series Convertible

BMW 4 Series Convertible Australian Pricing:

Australian MRLP*
BMW 420d Convertible $88,800
BMW 428i Convertible $97,500
BMW 435i Convertible $126,600

*Manufacturer’s Recommended List Price is shown and includes GST and Luxury Car Tax (LCT) –  if applicable, but excludes dealer charges, stamp duty, statutory charges and on-road charges, which are additional and vary between dealers and States/Territories. Customers are advised to contact their nearest BMW dealer for all pricing inquiries.

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Chloe has followed her passion for brand management within the industry however still keeps her hand in on the occasional weekend away camping. She still provides editorial support. She has completed a Bachelors degree in Business Studies and works for one of the automotive manufacturers. Chloe has a strong background in English in which she developed a passion for writing. Chloe has grown up with the influence of cars, first learning to drive on the farm at 11 and her interest has heightened since she gained her license. Driving a new car to school every week made her the envy of all her male friends, especially when the car was something special. Chloe has participated in a number of driving courses and brings a unique perspective that is lacking elsewhere.