Retractable steel roof plus different front end styling

BMW is preparing a number of new 3-series variants for launch within the next two years.

The most discussed newcomer is the 3-Series convertible, because talk was about the car having either a canvas or a steel top.

Here now are the latest prototype shots of the 3-Series convertible showing, that the next 3-Series Cabriolet will get a retractable steel roof plus different front end styling to make it look sportier.

The prototype's roof is clearly visible. It has three parts which will fold into the boot when operated. The front and rear end of the convertible prototype are still under some disguise, but we have added this photo (seen below) from our files showing another prototype of the Coupe version revealing the new front end . While the Coupe is set to launch at the next Geneva Motor Show in March 2006, the convertible variant is only due a year later in 2007.

Power for the Coupe Convertible comes from a variety of six-cylinder engines ranging from 2.2 litre 180 HP to 3.0 litre 258 HP. The top of the line M3 will get a V8 4.0 litre engine delivering around 400 HP. Furthermore, three diesels will be available with performance ranging from 163 HP to 272 HP.


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