Patent registrations strike again!
BMW has been shaking things up in terms of design, especially with its 4 Series. We've seen the coupe version up against its predecessor and there's no doubt that BMW is forging a new path for itself. With the production of this variant officially underway, it won't be long before dealers start filling their inventories with the new 4. This means that we can now turn our attention to the convertible. Previously we'd seen the derivative almost completely exposed thanks to some crisp spy shots. Now we have images of the entire car exposed, albeit in a digitally sketched format thanks to patent registration documents.
The images come from China's National Intellectual Property Administration and give us a good idea of what the new model will be like in the metal. The front will feature that massive double grille that is so hard to ignore, with subtle intake vents on either end of the bumper. Naturally, M-enhanced models will get a more aggressive fascia, but we're a little ashamed to admit that the buck-toothed look is growing on us. Nevertheless, it's going to take some getting used to. Fortunately, the profile is much more traditional and bears a crease in the lower section of each front fender that will presumably make way for a vent on certain models.
We can also see that the glasshouse will feature chrome detailing while the shaped fabric roof will lead to a big booty. A couple more subtle but non-functional vents make an appearance here while a faux diffuser houses dual-exit exhaust tips. Those taillights are arguably the best feature of the new 4 and add visual width. Once again, expect a more dramatic design for models fettled with by the M Division. Of course, the full reveal will show us more but these sorts of images are still useful, as it's easier to see the subtle creases and lines throughout the body with no paint to reflect light. Still, not everyone is warming to this design, so let's see how the production model is received.