This is what the next-generation BMW 4 Series Convertible will look like.
One of the standout debuts at the 2019 Frankfurt Auto Show was the BMW Concept 4. Designed to preview the next-generation 4 Series, M3, and M4, the concept showcased a bold new design direction for BMW. The concept was shown as a stylish coupe, but it inevitably hasn't taken long for talented render artists to come up with alternative variants.
With its long hood, smooth design lines, and short rear deck, it looks very sleek, even if it lacks the coupe concept's sloping roofline. However, it still retains the 4 Concept coupe's most divisive design element: the gigantic kidney grille. Spy shots of the next-generation BMW 4 Series suggested it will inherit the X7's huge nostrils, and now the concept confirms it.
However, BMW believes that only German customers aren't happy with this design direction. "I would say just Germany (that wants traditional designs). Europe is not a growing market, but we are a German company so you can't ignore the German market, but you have to follow it," BMW design chief Domagoj Dukec told us during an interview at the Frankfurt Auto Show. "Of course, we know that 60 to 70 percent of our sales come from markets outside of Europe so you've got to go in different directions."
No powertrain details were released for the BMW 4 Concept, but the next-generation 4 Series should share the same engines as the 3 Series. That means you can expect the 430i to be powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder producing 255 horsepower and an M440i powered by a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six with 380 hp. The new M4, on the other hand, will use a 3.0-liter twin-turbo inline-six delivering between 444 hp and 500 hp.