BMW has unveiled its new 2 Series Convertible this week, which debuts as the third model line in the new even-numbered range.
Because while the Active Tourer is a comparatively dowdy front-wheel-drive minivan, this new Bimmer is of the ‘proper’ rear-wheel-drive lifestyle variety.
Its styling is also more in line with the sharp eagle-eyed look of the still-new 2 Series Coupe, with only the absent fixed roof standing out as the obvious difference.
Replacing the older-generation 1 Series Convertible that found more than 130,000 homes over its six-year life, the new topless 2 is both longer and wider than its predecessor.
Measuring 4432mm long and 1774mm wide, the new 2 Convertible grows by 72 and 26mm respectively. It also boasts wider front and rear tracks, increased by 41 and 43mm over the previous droptop.
BMW says the extra length - which is on top of a 30mm longer 2690mm wheelbase - has resulted in improved interior space and, at 335 litres, a full 30 litres more room in the boot.
Globally, the range opens with the petrol 220i and diesel 220d models, followed by the mid-spec 228i and the hero M235i.
It’s a familiar spread, with the 2 Series Coupe following a largely identical formula.
The 220i is powered by a 135kW/270Nm 2.0 litre turbo petrol four, boasting a 0-100km/h time of 7.5 seconds for the six-speed manual and 7.6 seconds with the seven-speed auto.
Driving the 220d is a 140kW/400Nm 2.0 litre turbo diesel four, with an identical 7.5 second run in six-speed manual form - but an ever-so-slightly sharper 7.4 second run with the auto.
Fuel consumption for the 220i is listed between 6.2 and 6.8 l/100km depending on the transmission (the auto uses less fuel), while the diesel’s figures drop to between 4.1 and 4.7 l/100km.
Moving up to the performance-focused 228i gets you a 180kW/350Nm 2.0 litre turbo petrol four, cutting the 0-100km/h time to 6.1 seconds for the manual and 6.0 seconds for the auto.
In the hero M235i is BMW’s indomitable twin-scroll turbo inline 3.0 litre six-cylinder petrol engine, producing a mighty 240kW and 450Nm.
BMW claims a swift 0-100km/h time of just 5.2 seconds for this model - although that’s still 0.4 seconds off its coupe sibling’s 4.8 second run. Going for the auto Convertible cuts the time to 5.0 seconds, however.
Fuel consumption with the 228i is listed at 6.8 l/100km for both transmissions, and the M235i comes in at a much thirstier 8.5 l/100km.
The new Convertible’s kerb weight starts at 1510kg for the manual 220i, ranging up to 1620kg for the six-cylinder M235i in auto form.
Standout features with the new 2 Series Convertible include a powered fabric roof (open/close in 20 seconds at up to 50km/h), adaptive headlights, parking assist, reversing camera and auto-braking cruise control.
Depending on the model, there’s 6.5 or 8.8 inch displays, matched to a touch-sensitive controller in the centre console.
BMW’s Sport, Luxury and M Sport lines feature again, with the first two getting 17-inch alloy wheels and the M Sport rolling on 18-inch alloys.
The new 2 Series Convertible makes its European debut in February, with an Australian launch expected to occur in the following months.
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