BMW’s 2 Series Coupe will soon feature an upgraded version of the 220d's 2.0 litre TwinPower turbocharged diesel engine, bringing more power and improved economy.
The power gain is marginal, with an additional 5kW and 20Nm now on tap, but the total output is a respectable 140kW and 400Nm.
The extra go has had an effect on the zero to 100km/h time however, bringing the time down by 0.1 seconds to 7.1 and 7.0 seconds in the manual and automatic models respectively.
Fuel consumption is the key with this one, however, with the upgrade cutting fuel use to 3.8 l/100km in its most efficient guise (with the eight-speed auto), compared to 4.4 l/100km for the current local 220d.
This is thanks in part to an upgraded version of the eight-speed automatic, while the optional six-speed manual is an all-new unit.
CO2 emissions are also down, as BMW has managed to break through the 100g/km barrier with a new low of 99g/km. This figure is important in overseas markets, as it can greatly lower the amount of tax an owner pays for driving the car.
Manual-equipped 220ds are also more efficient, with fuel figures of between 4.1 and 4.4 l/100km and CO2 outputs ranging from 107-115g/km.
Further improvements to the new engine include a smoother stop/start system, improved ‘acoustic comfort’ and the unit is two kilograms lighter than the engine it replaces.
A new aluminium crankcase is fitted, while the engine's internals have reduced friction for greater efficiency. The oil pump and diesel injectors have also been upgraded.
The 2 Series Coupe range in Australia also includes the 220i, 228i and M235i variants - all powered by petrol engines. The 2 Series Convertible is scheduled to arrive early next year.
2 Series Active Tourer
The new diesel engine will also be available soon in overseas markets in the 2 Series Active Tourer, as BMW expands the Active Tourer’s model-range.
The new 220d Active Tourer will be joined by a new entry-level 216d diesel model, along with a 220i petrol-powered variant.
These new models join the existing diesel-powered 218d along with the 218i and 225i petrol variants. All three of the existing models are due to arrive in the Australian market from November.
The new 220d and existing 225i will soon be available in overseas markets with BMW’s xDrive all-wheel-drive system.
BMW Australia confirmed with TMR today that the order book for the 2015 220d Coupe is open now, with first deliveries expected to arrive around the end of January 2015.
The upgraded model retains the $53,000 plus on-roads starting price.
No word yet however on when or if the three new 2 Series Active Tourer models or the xDrive variant will also be available to local BMW customers in the future.
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