Before 2021’s first half draws its final curtain, BMW South Africa will have expanded its 4 Series family with two more body types.

• BMW South Africa will expand its 4 Series family with the additions of Gran Coupé and Convertible models.
• The Convertible will compete in a shrinking segment consisting of the Audi S5 Cabriolet and Mercedes-AMG C43 4Matic Cabriolet.
• The 4 Series Convertible will arrive locally during 2021’s first half.
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Before 2021’s first half draws its final curtain, BMW South Africa will have expanded its 4 Series family with two more body types. In December 2020, the automaker launched the first of these, that being the 4 Series Coupé. Available with both petrol and diesel engines, the offers something for every preference taste with the added benefit of having an aesthetically pleasing design.
The next two body types, Convertible and Gran Coupé, will soon join the fray and promises to continue with what the Coupé brought to the table.
BMW South Africa is yet to announce the model line-up for the added models to the 4 Series family, but based on the 4 Series Coupé, the following models could make up the new Convertible and Gran Coupé families:
• 420i: turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol, 135kW/300Nm
• 420d: turbocharged 2.0-litre diesel, 140kW/400Nm
• M440i xDrive: turbocharged 3.0-litre petrol, 275kW/500Nm
Rivals to the M440i xDrive Convertible
Except for the M4, the M440i xDrive models are the headliners for the 4 Series range, and do they come up against serious contenders. For the M440i xDrive Convertible, the task is even more daunting given that this segment is a shrinking one. As such, the car would have to be out of this world, so to speak, to stake its claim against its rivals.
Perhaps its biggest challenger is the Mercedes-AMG C43 AMG Cabriolet. Also powered by a 3.0-litre engine (but with six cylinders in a V layout), the car produces 287kW and 520Nm. It has several bits and pieces from Mercedes-Benz’s AMG division, giving it a ride quality that merges that of the hardcore C63 AMG and standard derivatives. The car can clear 0-100km/h in less than five seconds and retails for R1 357 480.
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The next rival is Audi’s S5 TFSI Cabriolet. Among the Teutonic trio, Audi is often seen as a lesser brand than BMW and Mercedes, but the cars coming from this automaker is by no means inferior. Recently launched, the new S5 Cab is powered by a turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine that offers 260kW and 500Nm. Though it may be down on power compared to its rivals, Audi’s famed Quattro system aids in a 0-100km/h time of 4.9 seconds. BMW South Africa will especially take note of the S5 Cab’s price tag because, at R1 194 000, it looks to be of very good value.
BMW SA will announce pricing and specification for its new 4 Series Convertible and Gran Coupé closer to the launch date.
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