We'll admit, it feels like a typo whenever we write "4 Series," but if BMW is as insistent upon further breaking out its coupes and convertibles from its sedan ranges as we've been hearing, we'll just have to get used to it. The BMW 4 Series is expected to officially kick off when the two-door versions of the new 3 Series are launched, and our spies recently caught a prototype of the new droptop 4 testing in the rain.

There's still lots of cladding under all that swirly paper, but we expect the 4er Convertible's design to mimic that of the new 3 Series, complete with the more squared off headlamps that pinch in toward the dual-kidney grille. Like the outgoing droptop, the 4 Series cabriolet will use a folding hardtop configuration, and engine choices will almost certainly be exactly the same as what's offered in the 3 Series sedan. (428i and 435i – weird.) An M version is also said to be in the cards.

Look for the 4 Series range to debut sometime in 2012.


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      • 3 Years Ago
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      e46mike
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think that I'll be keeping my E46.
      Chase
      • 3 Years Ago
      they better not name it that theyre killing the tradition like Benz is doing (CL=S coupe)
      KaiserWilhelm
      • 3 Years Ago
      BMW - The ultimate corporate naming confusion machine
        Carlos Cruz
        • 3 Years Ago
        @KaiserWilhelm
        How hard is it? Audi and BMW have a simple naming strategy, the higher the number the bigger/faster/more expensive a vehicle gets. Want naming confusion? Look at Lincoln and Cadillac.
      Justin Campanale
      • 3 Years Ago
      I really don't think that this rumor is going to be true. The last 3 series coupe and the one before it were also "speculated" to be called the 4 series. If this is acutally for real, the management at BMW needs a nice kick in the nuts. The 3 series, especially the coupe, is an icon, and changing the name is complete sacrilege.
        ryan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        I agree, whats wrong with 3 series coup? I think BMW is making the change because they want people to recognizes the coup as a seprate car.
      Ernie Mccracken
      • 3 Years Ago
      The new 3 series is hideous and obese, so does it really matter what they call it?
        BimmerFerret
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ernie Mccracken
        Even though it weighs nearly 100 lbs less and has more power standard?
        Justin Campanale
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ernie Mccracken
        Hideosu.... beauty is in the eye of the beholder Obese.... it's the lightest car in its class. And don't forget, nothing, NOTHING in this class will ever come close to this in terms of performance, handling, and fun factor
      JustinJQ
      • 3 Years Ago
      Did anyone else cringe when they read "4 series?" I'm having trouble understanding BMW's breaking of sedans and convertibles when the "6 Series Coupe" (Sedan) just debuted and carries no badge to differentiate it from its real coupe counterpart.
        k9182
        • 3 Years Ago
        @JustinJQ
        The standard sedan of the 6 series is, wait for it, the 5 series. Think of it as 5 series - E class 6 series - E class coupé/cabrio 6 series 4-door "coupé" - CLS
      who_the
      • 3 Years Ago
      Uh, oh, Autoblog made a mistake. They ran a picture of a 1993 Nissan 240SX coupe instead of a BMW 4 series. Please correct. Thank you.
      Basil Exposition
      • 3 Years Ago
      Enough new models already BMW. Concentrate on improving existing winners rather than making still more new models.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Jake
        • 3 Years Ago
        But a coupe has 4 doors and is sometimes jacked up to look like an SUV.
        brian
        • 3 Years Ago
        Indeed - This was the rumor for the last 3 Series cycle... ...but then BMW came to their senses. IMO - If BMW want to make a 4 Series, they can plug the 3 Series GT into that slot (not that anyone would buy it)
          BG
          • 3 Years Ago
          @brian
          What a horrifying thought. Will they really make a 3GT? Is it possible to dilute their reputation once again?
          Justin Campanale
          • 3 Years Ago
          @brian
          Dud, the 3 series is an icon. Turning it into a GT would be a slap in the face for every M3 owner out there.
      Jamie Stark
      • 3 Years Ago
      BMW's just following Audi's successful nomenclature strategy. It will allow for the 4 series to be more premium (read expensive) than the 3. Also there will be a 4 series grand coupe (not really possible with a 3 series badge). You'll all get used to it. And a 2 series is next, with the M2 replacing the 1M. Good news? It will be RWD unlike the next 1 series range.
        Miguro Takahashi
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jamie Stark
        The 3 series coupes and convertibles are already more expensive than the sedan. $34K for a sedan vs. $38K for the coupe. And a convertible 3 series starts at roughly $47K but good luck finding one less than $50K. As for Audi, the A4 costs about $32K and the A5 is $37K. So even with their naming system, the price gaps aren't that different than BMW's. So really it has nothing to do with pricing, that's already there. It just sounds like somebody in Munich is OCD and has to name all two doors with even numbers and the four doors with an odd number.
      GatorLCA
      • 3 Years Ago
      Bye Bye M3....helllooo M4....hmm, doesn't quite bring joy to my ears. So, if the name monikers are planned to be changed to where odd numbers are sedans and even numbers are coupes/verts, then what are they going to do with the 1 series?? They'll have to change it to a 2 series to have their whole lineup make sense or...., this is just a wacky idea but I'll say it any way....just leave it the same as it is now
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