Last month, sister publication Motor Trend captured the coupe version of the 2012 BMW 3 Series sedan, which is rumored to break with tradition by adopting the 4 Series moniker. Now, our colleagues have snapped images of a 3 Series-based convertible model. Though there’s not much to comment on when it comes to the vehicle’s design, thanks to the heavy camo and dummy headlights and taillights, we can see that this convertible will inherit the folding hard-top roof of its predecessors.
As you can see, the convertible loses the fastback roofline of the coupe model, instead getting a less swoopy three-box design to accommodate the retractable hard-top. As for the rest of the car, it’s really hard to draw any conclusions with those fake headlights and taillights in place. You can expect the final design to be derived from the 2012 3 Series sedan, however. You can also likely expect the same drivetrain options from the sedan to appear in some form on the coupe and convertible models. Those options include a 240-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four and the now-familiar 300-hp 3.0-liter I-6 of the 335i. BMW’s M division will likely have their way with the coupe and convertible, and could produce an M4 if the proposed naming scheme sticks.
We still can’t get used to the name change, but of this two-door BMW is anything like previous 3 Series coupes and convertibles, there’s a chance it’ll be good no matter what it’s called. We’ll know for sure once we get some time behind the wheel.
Check out Motor Trend’s full gallery of photos here.
Source: Motor Trend