BMW’s new 4 Series two-door range gets a boost this week, with the Australian launch of the droptop Convertible model.
Arriving on the heels of the Coupe's late 2013 debut, the 4 Series Convertible range kicks off at $88,800 for the 420d - the only diesel model in the range.
The petrol-powered 428i and 435i models make up the rest of the initial 4 Series Convertible range, priced at $97,500 and $126,600 respectively, plus on-road costs.
The 420d is powered by a TwinPower four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine producing 135kW and 380Nm, with fuel consumption listed at 4.8 l/100km. The 0-100km/h dash is dealt with in 8.2 seconds.
The mid-range 428i features a turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine making 180kW and 350Nm.
Go for the the top-shelf 435i and there's BMW's familiar turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine, good for 225kW and 400Nm.
All three 4 Series Convertible models will feature the same eight-speed automatic transmission in Australia.
The 420d boasts a 0-100km/h time of 8.2 seconds - handy, but relatively stately when comes to the 6.4 second time of the 428i and a very sharp 5.5 seconds for the 435i.
Fuel consumption for the entry 420d diesel model is rated at 4.8 l/100km, while the mid-sped 428i promises still-low figures of 6.7 l/100km. That climbs to 7.7 l/100km/h in the 435i.
As previously revealed, the 4 Series Convertible has a three-piece metal folding roof, which can be raised or lowered in 20 seconds at speeds of up to 18km/h.
BMW says the new design features a more noise-absorbent headliner with interior lighting to better reflect the coupe experience with the roof up.
The Convertible also features the same stretched architecture of the Coupe, measuring 25mm longer and 45mm wider than its predecessor, riding on the same 50mm longer wheelbase that underpins the new Coupe.
The height of the 4 Series Convertible is listed at 1372 mm, making it 10 mm taller than the Coupe.
The new Convertible, on average, is also around 20kg lighter than the previous model, which weighed around 1680kg.
Standard features in the 420d include an 8.8 inch display with 20gb hard drive and iDrive controller, satellite navigation and Bluetooth phone/entertainment, six-speaker audio, bi-xenon headlights, auto lights and wipers, dual-zone climate control, powered and heated front sports seats, and Dakota leather trim.
Safety features include four airbags, active rollover protection, BMW Dynamic Stability Control, reversing camera, and front and rear Park Distance Control.
In the 428i, there's also electric lumbar support up front, along with internet functions and a boost to nine speakers. The 428i also gets Adaptive M suspension, lowering ride height by 10mm and adding adaptable damping.
The 420d and 428i also offer the choice of Sport Line, Modern Line or Luxury Line trims, giving buyers a number of personalisation options.
Go for the 435i however and there's Adaptive M suspension with variable sports steering and fixed calliper four-pot brakes, along with the M Sport kit (optional on 420d and 428i) with 19-inch alloy wheels, and sports styling inside and out.
The 435i also boasts 12-speaker 500w audio and the Air Collar system as standard.
Pricing (excludes on-road costs)
- BMW 420d Convertible - $88,800
- BMW 428i Convertible - $97,500
- BMW 435i Convertible - $126,600
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