The images, which first showed up on BMW Blog, show that outside of it being a convertible, the styling of the car is pretty much identical to the 4 Series Coupe, which is to be expected. That similarity should also carry into the car's oily bits, where we'll see the same range of turbocharged engines found in the hardtop model - a 240-horsepower four-pot and a 300-horsepower six-cylinder, mated up to the buyer's choice of an eight-speed automatic or a six-speed manual transmission. Unlike the Coupe, we don't expect the convertible to be available with xDrive all-wheel drive, at least not initially. Like the current 3 Series Convertible, we expect the 4 to arrive with a folding hardtop rather than a canvas roof.
We'll have full details on the new 4 Series Convertible in just over a month, when it debuts at the 2013 LA Auto Show.