BMW Hopes to Outclass Competitors with Their 420d Convertible
|   Wednesday, March 12, 2014
BMW's range topping 435i is a global hit and we have already given you a detailed description of the vehicle. BMW is back with a smaller variant in the 4 Series lineup, known as the 420d. Apart from engine specifications, both vehicles are similar in many aspects. A retractable metallic hard top roof is in place, while ride height has been lowered to provide added precision and aerodynamic properties.

Powered by a 2.0 liter 181 BHP displacing diesel engine, returning close to 55.
MPG along with 133 g/km of CO2, this vehicle comes standard with a six speed manual transmission although BMW plans on introducing an eight speed automatic soon. This should further enhance fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions, while we are expecting figures such as 58.9 MPG, along with 127 g/km.

Five interior trims are currently on offer in the UK, while a list of added features include standard 17 inch sports rims, Drive Performance Control, heated front seats, larger infotainment device and an iDrive controller. On road price on this vehicle is expected to be higher than its predecessor, although it should be around £36,675. This is equivalent to Audi's A5 Cabriolet, which makes it a potent rival in class.

BMW is also offering a range of additional kits that should command a premium price tag but comes with adjustable suspension and is priced at £43,850. This vehicle is not exactly like its bigger cousin although certain characteristics are quite common to both. Boot and cabin space is similar, although the foldable roof completely fits inside its rear compartment. AC Schnitzer is currently offering a range of modification kits for BMW's 420d convertible and it is capable of displacing within 184 BHP to 218 BHP.

Exterior modification kits are also on offer such as tailpipe trims, lower bumpers, hand brake handle, lower bumper cover and aluminum pedals and foot rests. These modifications give BMW's 420d an edge over standard production variants, while different modes have been added to enhance performance.

If you are planning to buy a BMW convertible solely for showing off, this vehicle is just for you. However, if you are looking for a certain sense of thrill, every time you floor the pedal, there are other better options available. Interior specs on this vehicle are a visual treat, while quality and finesse is not to be worried about.

If you are rooting for this vehicle hoping to get something similar to BMW's 3 Series, you will be disappointed. BMW's 420d however is in a league of its own. It handles well on straights as well as around corners. Audi's latest TT S roadster is also similar to BMW is certain terms. We are quite impressed with the modifications brought about to this vehicle and would like to see future vehicles drawn up on a similar design palette. Stay tuned for latest news reports and updates regarding BMW and their future plans. We will also get back to you with a comprehensive drive report of the 420d.
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