- ‘Unbeatable sport performance’
- Larger grille and wider nose
- Watches for bikes and pedestrians
LIEPZIG, Germany – The coming BMW 2 Series coupe and convertible have, their maker says, raised the bar in the premium compact class in terms of dynamic prowess, aesthetic appeal and emotional richness.
They new version is scheduled for global release in July 2017 and, the company says, will bring sharper front-end styling, diode headlights, interior upgrades and fresh connectivity services along with “unbeatable sport performance courtesy of rear-wheel drive (unique BMW says, in the segment) and efficient transmissions”.
More than 140 000 2 Series have been delivered to customers so far, most of them to USA, Britain and Germany.
So, what’s new?
A larger grille gives the nose a wider look (“to project a sportier impression” and larger outer air-intakes “emphasise the cars’ powerful stance”. The tail now has diode-lit unitary rear lights though they continue the identifying BMW L-shape.
The instrument panel, coupe and convertible, gets has been redesigned with more focus towards the driver, the seats have contrast stitching, the centre stack a high-gloss black surface, there are chromed elements on the doors, cloth or leather upholstery and wood or high-gloss black panels.
There’s the ‘ standard’ model, alongside which will be displayed Luxury Line, Sport Line, M Sport and a BMW M Performance representative – the BMW M240i and M240i xDrive. The choice of alloy wheel rims has been expanded to 17 designs in 16, 17 and 18″ sizes.
The cars are more compact at 4.43m long, the boot volume is 390 litres, the convertible’s power-operated fabric roof has more sound insulation, and can be operated at up to 50km/h.
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The 22.3cm, high-resolution, central display is now touch-sensitive if satnav is specified. This choice also adds voice control for functions that can include iDrive. Other comms gear include cellphone inductive charging, Apple CarPlay and an in-car wi-fi hotspot which can handle as many as 10 devices.
BMW claims to be the first automaker to offer Microsoft Office 365 users a secure server connection.
Driving assistance systems include stop/go cruise control, lane-keeping and “city” auto braking up to 60km/h with special reference to motor-cycles and pedestrians.
Three-, four- and six-cylinder turbocharged petrol and diesel engines will be available, capable variously of 100 to 250kW and feeding nine drive options for the coupe and eight for the convertible through either a six-speed manual or eight-speed auto transmission.
The auto comes with the 220i, 230i, 225d and M240i xDrive coupes and 225d and M240i xDrive convertibles. The 225d and M240i xDrive variants of both coupe and convertible use the eight-speed Steptronic Sport version with steering-wheel shift paddles.
The BMW M240i and M240i xDrive are the M Performance representatives – coupe or soft top. Their three-litre straight-six engine with direct injection and M Performance TwinPower Turbo makes 250kW which can take the M240i xDrive coupe, for instance, to 100km/h in 4.4sec.
The M240i and 220d variants of the 2 Series coupe can be ordered with either the “particularly engaging” characteristics of rear-wheel drive or “intelligent” BMW xDrive (another name for AWD). Convertible buyers can specify xDrive for the M240i.
“The xDrive concept,” BMW says, “ensures optimum power transfer, enhances driving safety and reduces understeer and oversteer. Sophisticated suspension technology, low centre of gravity, wide track and almost perfect 50:50 weight distribution each play a part in the BMW 2 Series’ outstanding dynamics and handling.”