Just the other day we were checking out the 4 Series Coupe in a new set of spyshots. Today, we’re taking a closer look at the second model in the 4 Series range – the Convertible. The two will show up next year to complete the compact class at BMW.

The 4 Series Convertible was just spotted last week doing laps on the Nurburgring, showcasing its driving dynamics. Compared to the outgoing model, the new 4 Series range will be even more different than its 3 Series brother. According to our sources, the exterior design of the two will be much more different than it was on their predecessors. Furthermore, when it comes to the Convertible, the changes are even bigger.

That’s because the 4 Series Convertible (G23) will have a soft top. The last two generations had a hard top (the E93 3 Series Convertible and F33 4 Series Convertible), but that’s all about to change. BMW aims to reduce weight on their cars, therefore, they use use a textile retractable roof.  This means the new 4er will be lighter on its feet while not giving away too much in terms of comfort with the roof up.

Model choices will range from 430i and 430i xDrive to the top dog M440i and its xDrive brother in the US. Chances are the manual choice will be gone, leaving the North American market do deal with automatics alone. That may not be the case in Europe though, where entry-level choices like the 420i or 420d could still get manual. Only time will tell how this whole ordeal will shape up.