The BMW 4 Series was introduced by the German automaker to further differentiate the coupe and convertible models of the 3 Series from the latter’s saloon version. The 4 Series Coupe made its world debut at the North American International Auto Show in January 2013. Its convertible version was unveiled at the Los Angeles Motor Show the same year. The second generation of the same is said to arrive 2021.
The details about the all-new model, that has been codenamed ‘G23’, are very scarce but Bimmerpost has reported that it will feature a instead of a hard top.
BMW has been recently emphasising on fitting its cars with hardtops and hence, this news comes as a bit of surprise. In 2007, the E93 3 Series convertible switched to a folding metal roof. It was soon followed by the Z4 roadster (E89), and in November 2013, the BMW 3 Series convertible’s successor, the current 4 Series Convertible (F33) also got a hard top.
However, the company has now decided to make a change, although one can understand their reason for doing so. A soft top will be cheaper to manufacture, weigh less and increase the trunk space. Nonetheless, it will still be at least four years until we are able to spot a test mule.