2007 BMW 3-Series Convertible

The upcoming 2007 BMW 3-Series Convertible is yet to be presented in flesh next January at the annual international motor show in Detroit, but at least three promotional photos of the recreational vehicle have been officially unveiled by the German brand. As you can see on the images, the new vehicle features clean, streamlined lines gently flowing from its rather aggressive front fascia towards its sporty rear end. Nice.

The vehicle comes with a new folding hardtop, which takes just about 22 seconds to open or close, and will be shipped with a choice of two petrol engines and a diesel.

2007 BMW 3-Series Convertible
2007 BMW 3-Series Convertible

The most interesting thing about BMW’s new 3-Series convertible is its new SunReflective leather upholstery capable of reflecting part of infra-red radiation back into atmosphere.

In its press release, BMW says that exposed to sunlight this specially treated leather stays 20 degrees cooler than an ordinary leather cover.

The new member of the BMW 3-Series family will be delivered in three versions.

2007 BMW 3-Series Convertible (side view)

The BMW 325i Convertible will sport BMW’s new 170hp four-banger, which will provide the car with 9.2 seconds of zero to 62 mph acceleration. Not too impressive, but at least you’ll get 42.2mpg on the combined cycle.

The BMW 330i Convertible will come with a much more potent 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine, producing 272hp of power output and accelerating the vehicle from zero to 62 mph in just 6.2 seconds. Performance, though, comes at a price: the 330i Convertible delivers only 34.9mpg on the combined cycle.

Europeans will also receive a diesel version of the vehicle. The BMW 330d Convertible‘s diesel motor delivers peak torque of 369 lb-ft (500 Nm) and accelerates the car from zero to 62 mph in 7.1 seconds, featuring 40.9mpg.

The new convertibles will be officially presented to the public during the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on 7 January, 2007 and will go on sale in the UK in March, 2007.

2007 BMW 3-Series Convertible (side view, right)

Photos: BMW

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