First impressions of the BMW 4 Series convertible

Due to make its official entrance at the Los Angeles Motor Show in November, BMW has given us a glimpse of what we can expect from the 4 Series convertible. Styled on the BMW 4 Series, this new model is turned into a convertible with the addition of a folding hard-top roof.

The release date has been given as March 2014 and the prices starts at £35,650 for the 420d SE, which has a 2.0-litre diesel engine.

The convertible's roof is in three pieces and takes about 20 seconds to fold up and drop into the boot, with the car either stationary or travelling at no more than 11mph.  If you are too cold with the roof down, BMW offers you the optional extra of front seat neck warmers that blow hot air.

The convertible has a choice of three petrol and two diesel engines, which is the same as the 4 Series coupé model. There is the usual array of high-tech equipment, and all cars get xenon lights, parking sensors and heated front seats. Full LED lights are an optional extra.

The interior of this model has a leather steering wheel, from which the driver controls the car's multimedia, along with a 6.5-inch display panel to make the car's features extremely easy to manage. There is also an automated seat belt system that is activated when the driver and passengers sit down.