The new BMW 2 Series

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BMW 2 Series Coupe

 

The BMW 2 Series Coupe’s news, prices and information have been revealed ahead of it’s public debut at the Detroit Motor Show in January 2014. The car has been officially revealed, rivaling the Audi TT and the Mercedes. The model will go on sale on March 8th 2014.

 

The car is a coupe version of the 1 series Hatchback, just like the 4 Series to the 3 Series. Despite having the same short overhangs, Hofmeister kink, flared rear wheel arches and the same wheelbase as the BMW 1 series, the 2 Series is only a two door model and unlike the hatch it’s based on it’s only available with two individual seats in the back. This model is longer, wider, roomier and slightly more expensive than it’s predecessor. Despite being so similar, the 2 Series has an extra 30litres boot space over the hatch with the rear seats in place giving a total of 390litres of space.

 

BMW’s Series

 

The new model replaces the BMW 1 Series coupe in the range and should cost around £24,000 which will rival the likes of the Mercedes new range. The 2 Series will be available in SE, Sport, Modern and an M Sport trim will follow in the summer. The car in the official pictures is the M235 model powered by a turbocharged 3.0litre petrol engine. An even faster M2 model is likely to follow and be offered in 2015 at around £45,000.

 

The range-topping M2 serves as successor to the limited production BMW 1M Coupe. The model should feature a turbocharged straight six engine producing around 350bhp plus uprated suspension and the latest version of the M Differential. A soft-top BMW 2 Series Convertible will be offered around six months after the 2 Series Coupe goes on sale.

 

The Engines

 

BMW says it’s focused on a sporty driving experience with the new car, which is why it’s left out lower-powered engines from the 1 Series line-up.

There are three versions of the latest 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel, with 141bhp in the 218d, 181bhp in the 220d and 215bhp in the 225d. Fuel economy and emissions range from 67.3mpg and 111g/km in the 218d to 60.1mpg and 124g/km in the 225d.

 

Petrol choices include a 181bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo in the 220i, while at the top of the range is the model in our pictures: the M235i. This isn’t a fully fledged ‘M’ car, but part of BMW’s new M Performance family. And it gets a version of the 3.0-litre six-cylinder turbo with 321bhp (6bhp more than in the M135i and the same output as in the original E36 M3).

The M235i sprints from 0-62mph in five seconds flat with a six-speed manual box; with an eight speed auto, it’s 4.8 seconds.

 

Price range

 

The prices for the series are expected to be;

  • 220i SE – £25,040
  • 220i SE – £25,865
  • M235i – £34,250

 

Since the series is not due for sale yet, the 2014 BMW 2 Series has yet to be tested by either the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

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