The BMW Concept X4 has been officially revealed at the LA Motor Show ahead of sales in 2014. The automaker’s all-new 4 Series convertible made its world debut, alongside several models making their North American auto show debuts: the forthcoming i8 plug-in hybrid sports car and the Concept X4 Coupe crossover.
“All these BMWs represent one thing,” Ludwig Willisch, president and CEO of BMW North America, said during the press conference. “Acceleration on four wheels.”
This new convertible will use a three-piece folding hardtop, like its predecessor. The power-operated top folds in 20 seconds at a speed of up to 11 mph. For top-down driving in cooler weather, BMW will offer an optional neck-warming system similar to those in various Mercedes and Bentley convertibles.
The 4 Series will come with one of two engines. The 428i will have a turbocharged four-cylinder that makes 240 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque. Zero to 60 mph goes by in 6.2 seconds, and the top speed on the 428i will be 155 mph. This model will start at $49,675, including destination charge.
The BMW 4 Series convertibles will be in showrooms in early 2014. Though BMW hasn’t confirmed this model for production, don’t be surprised if you see it in dealership in a year’s time. Similar to how BMW spun the X5 SUV into the sporty X6, the automaker is considering spinning the X3 into the X4.
Since this is a concept, pricing details are a long way away. But with an X6 starting at about $8,000 more than an X5, a production X4 will likely start in the mid- to high $40,000s.