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BMW 4 Series gets a soft-top option for the 2022 model year

The BMW 4 Series is longer, wider, and taller than its predecessor.

Photo courtesy of BMW, Fabian Kirchbauer Photography

The 2022 BMW 4 Series Convertible will be a combination of the fresh BMW 4 Series, which debuted earlier this year, and a new convertible features.

The biggest change is that the 4 Series Convertible is going soft. The freshly-designed soft-top exterior brings with it a host of benefits including weight reduction (it's 40 percent lighter), improved cargo space (now 9.0 cubic feet, up 1.2 cubic feet from previous-gen model), and a lower center of gravity, which allows for improved handling.

2022 BMW 4 Series Convertible The model comes standard with the controversial 4 Series grille. Photo courtesy of BMW, Fabian Kirchbauer Photography

Its convertible top uses a large panel bow and honeycomb construction to accommodate a flush-fitting glass rear window. Multiple layers of insulation and fabric make up the top, which is available in two colors: Moonlight black and standard black. Moonlight black adds a shimmer to the fabric.

Opening and closing the soft-top can be done while seated in the car or via remote key. It takes 18 seconds to perform open and closing functionality, which can be performed at up to 31 mph.

There is a pass-through rear seat to allow for additional storage options.

Like the rest of the 4 Series lineup, the convertible is longer and wider than the previous-generation model, complete with a longer wheelbase. The 4 Series Convertible is more aerodynamic than its predecessor.

2022 BMW 4 Series Convertible It takes 18 seconds for the convertible's roof to go up or down. Photo courtesy of BMW, Fabian Kirchbauer Photography

It also has the 4 Series's unique face with new grille, standard LED headlights, and sleek blade-like turn signals. At the back are slim taillights and classic BMW minimalism. Eighteen-inch wheels are standard and 19-inchers are available.

The car is available with the M Sport package, which consists of a uniquely styled front bumper with larger air intake openings and a restyled rear bumper with Shadowline inlays. The rear diffuser panel, front air intake trim, side window moldings and lower exterior mirror housings are all finished in high-gloss black. Selecting the optional Shadowline Package delivers a high-gloss black finish to the kidney grille, exhaust tip trim, and black mirror caps.

The 2022 BMW 430i and 430i xDrive Convertibles are powered by a twin-turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that achieves 255 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. The 430i gets from zero to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds and has a top speed of 155 or 130 mph depending on the wheel and tire combination selected.

2022 BMW 4 Series Convertible BMW is making the 4 Series Convertible with a new soft top. Photo courtesy of BMW, Fabian Kirchbauer Photography

BMW is powering the M440i and M440i xDrive Convertible with a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine hat produces 382 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. It has the same electronically limited top speed as the 430i but can get off the line and to 60 mph in just 5.0 seconds.

Both engines are paired with a stand eight-speed automatic transmission. A mild-hybrid 48-volt system is also standard.

An Adaptive M Suspension and Dynamic Handling package are available.

Power Sport seats and a leather steering wheel are standard. The M Sport Package and M440i Convertible models offer additional soft knee padding on the sides of the center console as well as an M Sport steering wheel and door sill plates with the M logo.

2022 BMW 4 Series Convertible The interior of the model isn't revolutionary. Photo courtesy of BMW, Fabian Kirchbauer Photography

The four-seater has been engineered with convertible-specific noise reduction measures.

The starting MSRP is $53,100 for the new 430i Convertible, $55,100 for the 430i xDrive Convertible, $64,00 for the M440i Convertible and $66,000 for the M440i xDrive Convertible. Pricing does not include the added $995 destination charge.

2022 BMW 4 Series Convertible The car takes most of the body traits of the traditional 4 Series for its design. Photo courtesy of BMW, Fabian Kirchbauer Photography

Rear-wheel drive versions of the model will go on sale in March and all-wheel drive 4 Series Convertibles will arrive at dealerships starting in July 2021.

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2022 Infiniti Q50 gets more standard tech

The car sees new tech and interior features for 2022.

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The Infiniti Q50 is an aging but still-stylish sedan that offers value and power, but it hasn't quite kept pace with the crop of more engaging premium European cars. However, it's still worth a look, and to press that point further, Infiniti has updated the car for 2022 with a healthy list of standard features.

2022 Infiniti Q50 Exterior styling has not changed for 2022.Infiniti

Headline updates for the 2022 Q50 are wireless Apple CarPlay and newly standard Bose Performance Series Audio. There's now leather for every trim, but in the ways that count, the car is the same as the one we saw last year, the year before, and so on.

That's not to say that the car is bad. After all, it still offers a 300-horsepower twin-turbo V6 as standard and can be upgraded with a 400-horsepower version of the engine. And, despite its aging exterior styling, it's still a handsome car with smooth, sculpted bodywork. The seven-speed automatic transmission and available all-wheel drive remain in place.

2022 Infiniti Q50 All-wheel drive is available for all models.Infiniti

Pricing for the 2022 Infiniti Q50 starts at $43,125, which includes a $1,025 destination fee. The car gets standard wireless Apple CarPlay, leather upholstery, 18-inch wheels, and Bose Performance Audio. All-wheel drive is available for a $2,000 upcharge.

2022 Infiniti Q50 Wireless Apple CarPlay and Bose audio are standard.Infiniti

The mid-range Q50 Sensory starts at $48,825, and comes with 19-inch wheels, black open-pore wood interior accents, navigation, and an air purifier system. Stepping up to the top Q50 Red Sport 400 will run $56,975, and brings the more powerful V6 engine, semi-aniline leather upholstery, and Dynamic Digital Suspension, which adjusts damping settings depending on road conditions and driving style.

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New AWD performance car

The Subaru WRX is all-new for 2022

The new WRX's body cladding is already stirring up controversy.

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The Subaru WRX is a rally-bred performance car that offers a unique mix of rowdy all-wheel drive fun, a value price, and youthful styling. The car is long overdue for an update, though, and Subaru is doing just that for the 2022 model year. The fifth-generation WRX is all-new, and features a more powerful engine, along with several go-fast upgrades.

2022 Subaru WRX Both a manual and an automatic transmission will be offered.Subaru

A new GT trim joins the WRX lineup for 2022. It features a new automatic transmission, adaptive dampers, and drive mode selections. With various customization options available to the driver, the system offers up to 430 different settings combinations. The GT's interior adds Recaro seats wrapped in Ultrasuede with red stitching. The GT also gets exclusive 18-inch wheels.

Though still a Boxer engine, the 2022 WRX's powerplant is new and more powerful than before. It delivers 271 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, as well as a broader torque curve. Subaru says that the larger engine plus an electronically controlled turbo wastegate and air bypass valves improve responsiveness and acceleration.

2022 Subaru WRX A larger 11.6-inch infotainment screen is on board. Subaru

All WRX models come with Subaru's Symmetrical all-wheel drive system and active torque vectoring, which can shift power to individual wheels that need the most traction. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, but a new Subaru Performance Transmission is available, which features faster shifts and other features to improve performance.

The 2022 WRX also gets a tech upgrade that brings a large 11.6-inch tablet-style touchscreen. It runs Subaru Starlink infotainment, handles HVAC and vehicle controls, and offers split-screen functionality for two apps to run simultaneously. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, as is Bluetooth, SiriusXM radio, and HD radio. An upgraded version of the system also offers navigation with three years of free map updates.

2022 Subaru WRX Subaru will offer a new GT trim with upgraded suspension and finishes.Subaru

As it has done with many of its other vehicles, Subaru is equipping every WRX with its EyeSight suite of advanced driver aids. The packge includes lane departure prevention, adaptive cruise control with lane centering, and more. A new available automatic emergency steering system works with the car's pre-collision braking feature to help avoid collisions at speeds under 50 mph.

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