It seems as BMW is testing quite a few 4 Series Convertible test mules as of late. There are seemingly dozens of spy photos emerging of the upcoming drop-top 4 Series. Oddly, we really haven’t seen any spy photos of the 4 Series Coupe. Though, we’ll take whatever we can get, I guess. In these new photos, we see the 4er Convertible with its top up again but we get a bit closer than ever before. (We don’t own the spy photos but check them out here)
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Judging from the looks of it, it seems as if BMW might be going for more of a Baby-8 Series approach for the upcoming 4 Series, rather than just a two-door 3 Series. It seems a bit smoother than the 3, with a very subtle body line that rises over the rear wheel well. So it looks a bit muscular but smoother than before. In fact, its smooth body line looks similar to what Mercedes is doing right now, as if the body lines were worn smooth, like a pebble in the ocean.
It also looks good with the top up. The previous 4 Series Convertible had a folding metal roof, which gave it a very odd profile with the top up. In fact, with the top up it looked like a deformed coupe. With the soft top, it’s immediately recognizable as a convertible and looks more premium. There’s a reason why Bentley, Rolls Royce and Aston Martin use soft tops and not folding metal hard tops — it looks more luxurious that way.
We’re anxious to see what the 4 Series brings but, first, we have to see what the new G20 3 Series brings. That will be seen soon, at the 2018 Paris Motor Show in just a couple of weeks. Then, we’ll be able to better gauge what the 4 Series might be like.