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2020 BMW 4 Series drops its top during testing

Sometimes prototype testing is fun

BMW 4 Series convertible
BMW 4 Series convertible
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The weather is finally getting nice again in a big part of the world, and it's not just us enjoying it. One of our spy photographers caught a 2020 BMW 4 Series convertible out testing with the roof down and a selection of windows up.

It's good to finally see how the car will look with the roof down since that's key feature of a convertible. The top is stowed neatly under a cover that's roughly flush with the trunk lid for a clean look. We previously discovered that the 4 Series convertible has switched to a fabric top instead of a folding hard top. In profile, we can also see that the nose of the new 4 Series is longer with more overhang than the outgoing model. The grille and lights look a little lower, too.

With the 3 Series sedan having launched last year, we're expecting the 4 Series coupe and convertible to follow this year. It will probably share powertrains with the 3 Series, too, meaning at least a 2.0-liter turbo inline-4 making 255 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, as well as a 3.0-liter turbo inline-6 making 382 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. Both engines will certainly be offered with an 8-speed automatic, and a manual is up in the air, since the 3 Series dropped it for this generation. Since it hasn't been offered previously, we're not expecting the hybrid powertrain to be offered, but BMW could always surprise us.

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