BMW has announced a new model to be unveiled at the Paris Motor Show – the 320Cd Convertible.

Powered by a 2.0-litre engine that develops 150bhp at 4,000rpm, torque is an impressive 330Nm (243lb/ft) at just 2,000rpm, with 295Nm (217lb/ft) of this being developed at 1,500rpm. The engine surpasses the EU4 exhaust emissions standard even without a particle filter.

Top speed for the 320Cd Convertible is 131mph and zero to 62mph is dispatched in 9.7 seconds. Fuel consumption in the combined cycle is 44.8mpg, with power transmitted to the road via a six-speed manual gearbox.

Mechanically very similar to the recently launched 320Cd CoupĂ©, the Convertible features changes to the engine management unit, a shorter final drive and a modified exhaust system. The suspension settings have also been adapted for use in the Convertible.

The new model will be offered in SE and Sport variants, with standard equipment including ABS, six airbags, Dynamic Stability Control, Park Distance Control, Cruise Control and BMW Business radio with single CD player. Upgrading to Sport adds a host of other features including M Aerodynamic body styling, Sports seats, Sports suspension and 18-inch alloy wheels.

Prices have yet to be announced, but the car will go on sale in early 2005.