2014 BMW 2 SERIES
BMW's new 2 Series Coupe has finally gone official, just hours after a series of press images (smaller versions of these new shots) made their way on to the 'net.
Shown here in top-shelf M235i and mid-spec 220d form, the new 2 Series has revealed both ends of its offer, targeting performance enthusiasts and frugal lifestylers alike.
It's the M-badged model that will draw the most interest at launch of course, with BMW's familiar turbocharged inline-six driving the small new flagship.
As it does in the M135i hatch, the twin-scroll 3.0 litre turbo six gives the rear-wheel-drive coupe a hefty 450Nm - now narrowed to 1300-4500rpm, thanks to BMW turning power up by 5kW to a nice round 240kW.
Combined with a six-speed manual transmission, the big six sends the small coupe to 100km/h in 5.0 seconds, while the eight-speed sports auto cuts the sprint to 4.8 seconds - quicker even than the 1 Series M Coupe.
Top speed is listed at an electronically limited 250km/h. Fuel consumption? It won't matter to many, but BMW says 8.1 l/100km for the manual and 7.6 for the auto.
Being an M Performance model, the M235i also benefits from M-specific tuning for the chassis, along with a more aggressive body-kit and larger wheels.
Far below the M model sits the 220i, powered by BMW's turbocharged 135kW/270Nm 2.0 litre four-cylinder petrol engine.
BMW lists the 0-100km/h time at 7.0 seconds for both manual and automatic transmissions, with fuel use at 6.2 l/100km for the manual and 5.9 for the auto.
The rest of the range, for now at least, is made up of diesel models, from the 225d, down through the 220d to the 218d.
All three are powered by 2.0 litre four-cylinder engines, producing 160kW/450Nm in the 225d, 135kW/380Nm in the 220d and 104kW/320Nm in the entry-level 218d.
The 225d is offered with an auto transmission only, while the 220d and 218d can be had with in manual and auto forms.
Fuel consumption with the diesel models ranges from 4.7 l/100km for the 225d, through to 4.3 l/100km for the 218d.
A 125kW/250Nm petrol turbo four is available with the 1 Series hatch, although BMW has not indicated plans for this unit in the 2 Series range just yet.
The 2 Series Coupe gets a double-joint strut front axle and a five-link arrangement at the rear, along with electric power steering.
DSC stability control system with DTC and an electronic locking function for the rear axle differential are also standard.
Variable sport steering, M Sport braking system and Adaptive M suspension with electronically controlled dampers are available on the options list.
An M Performance mechanical limited-slip differential will be available for the M235i from launch, as part of the BMW Accessories range.
Features and Dimensions
As with the 1 Series hatch, the new 2 Series is larger than its predecessor the 1 Series Coupe, growing in just about every direction.
The 2 is now 72mm longer at 4432mm, and 32mm wider at 1774mm. The wheelbase has grown 30mm to 2690mm, while the track is up 41mm to 1521mm at the front and up 43mm to 1556mm at the rear.
BMW promises an extra 19mm of head room in the front row, and an additional 21mm of legroom for rear passengers.
Rear storage space has also increased, up 20 litres to a sizeable 390 litres. Rear seat backrests split into two or, as an option, folding 40:20:40
On the styling front, the 2 Series gets a new narrow headlight design and a compressed 'mini 4 Series' profile, endowing the new Coupe with a more flowing roofline than its popular predecessor.
At the rear end, the new coupe gets a tail-light design not far removed from the units found on the 1 Series Coupe, with a basic L-shaped design reaching into the bootlid.
In the cabin, we see that the 2 Series has been given the same dash design used by the 1 Series hatch, although the M235i's steering wheel has been upgraded to BMW's new retro-styled three-spoke wheel.
Safety features include front, side and head airbags, and pedestrian protection is covered by an active bonnet and defined front end deformation zones.
There's automatic climate control across the range, along with BMW's iDrive operating system and BMW Professional Radio or Navigation systems.
Depending on the model, other features include High Beam Assistant, Adaptive Headlights, Parking Assistant, rear view camera, Driving Assistant, Speed Limit Info with No Passing Info display, cruise control system with braking function, extended integration of smartphones and music players, Real Time Traffic Information, Online Entertainment, extended functionality provided by apps for internet-based services such as Facebook and Twitter.
Speaking with TMR today, BMW Australia General Manager Corporate Communications, Lenore Fletcher, said that timing is still being confirmed, although a first-half 2014 launch is planned.
"We've just launched the 4 Series Coupe and, going on the back of the response to that car - it was very well received - and we're really looking forward to the 2 Series. We're hopeful of a similar reaction," Ms Fletcher said.
On the topic of model spread, Ms Fletcher said that all models are under consideration, but specific trim grades and engine options are still to be confirmed.
"We're still going through the process of looking at the specifications and engine levels that we'll take here, but we're interested in the majority of them - although they won't necessarily all arrive at the same time," she said.
Ms Fletcher added that BMW Australia is especially keen on the M235i hero, and getting it to Australia would be "the optimum result".