BMW reveals 2-series coupé; 3 models in range at launch; 218d and 225d to join in May
13 January 2014

BMW has revealed its eagerly awaited 2-series coupé at the Detroit motor show.

Due to go on sale in March, the rear-wheel drive successor to the 1-series coupé adopts BMW’s new naming system, which sees the German car maker’s more overtly sporting models receive an even-number model designation, as seen on the recently introduced 4-series and longer-established 6-series.

A trio of 2-series models are planned from the outset of UK sales, including the expected volume sellers, the £25,040 220i and £25,865 220d. They will be joined by the range topping M235i, priced at £34,250.

The replacement for the highly rated M135i coupé runs a 321bhp version of BMW’s twin-scroll turbocharged 3.0-litre in-line six-cylinder petrol engine, giving it a 0-62mph time of 5.0sec in standard six-speed manual guise or 4.8sec with an optional eight-speed automatic gearbox.

A further two models, the 218d and 225d, are planned to join the line-up in May.   

The 2-series coupé sports unique exterior styling credited to a team of in-house designers overseen by BMW brand design boss Karim Habib.

The appearance is considerably more refined than that of the old 1-series coupé, boasting a combination of traditional elements and contemporary touches in a classic three-box body that, in keeping with the new car’s sporting brief, clearly places good looks ahead of overall practicality.

As with other recent new BMW models, buyers will be able to choose between four individual lines: SE, Sport, Modern and M Sport – the latter standard on the M235i in combination with 18-inch wheels and lowered suspension.

At 4432mm in length, 1774mm in width and 1418mm in height, the 2-series is 72mm longer, 24mm wider and 7mm lower than the outgoing 1-series coupé. It also has a 30mm-longer wheelbase than its predecessor at 2690mm.

Inside, the 2-series offers seating for four together with 390 litres of luggage capacity – some 20 litres more than the 1-series coupé. BMW also claims the new car boasts an added 19mm of front seat headroom and 21 mm of rear seat legroom than the car it replaces.

The interior is largely lifted from the second-generation 1-series hatchback, including the dashboard, front seats and switchgear. However, a limited number of unique trim elements attempt to provide the new car with an individual feel.

Together with the coupé, the new 2-series will also support a cabriolet model. Planned for launch during the second half of 2014, it follows the lead of the 1-series cabriolet in adopting a fabric hood and boasting seating for four adults along with 270 litres of luggage space.

Among the standard equipment planned for the 2-series coupé in the UK is air conditioning, a leather-bound multi-function steering wheel, rear park sensors, automatic dimming rear view mirror and LED tail-lights.

The 2-series uses the same range of longitudinally mounted engines and the same rear-wheel drive platform as the existing 1-series hatchback – a layout BMW says provides the new car with class-leading performance and handling.

In efforts to improve its dynamics and provide it with a more sporting nature than its hatchback siblings, BMW’s engineers have provided the entry-level coupé with unique chassis tuning. It also features its own track widths, which also vary between standard 2-series coupé models and the M235i. An electronically controlled limited-slip differential also appears on range topping model as standard.

While BMW is yet to confirm it, sources have confirmed selected models, including the M235i, are set to receive an xDrive four-wheel drive option.

The 2-series coupé is assembled at BMW’s Leipzig factory on the same line as the 1-series hatchback.

BMW 220i

Price £25,040; Top speed 146mph; 0-62mph 7.0sec; Economy 46.3mpg; CO2 142g/km; Kerb weight 1350kg; Engine 4 cyls, 1997cc, turbocharged, petrol; Power 181bhp at 5000rpm; Torque 199lb ft at 1250rpm; Gearbox 6-spd manual

BMW 220d

Price £25,865; Top speed 143mph; 0-62mph 7.2sec; Economy 58.9mpg; CO2 125g/km; Kerb weight 1375kg; Engine 4 cyls, 1995cc, turbodiesel; Power 181bhp at 4000rpm; Torque 280lb ft at 1750rpm; Gearbox 6-spd manual

BMW M235i

Price £34,250; Top speed 155mph; 0-62mph 5.0sec; Economy 34.9mpg; CO2 189g/km; Kerb weight 1455kg; Engine 3.0-litre, six-cylinders in-line, petrol; Power 321bhp at 5800rpm; Torque 332lb ft at 1300rpm; Gearbox 6-spd manual

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25 October 2013

Really like the current 1 Series Coupe and this appears to move the game on in terms of fun-for-your-buck. Might leave the 4 Series in a bit of a no-man's land though, not having the interior to be a true luxury coupe but being a bit too big to be a GTi-chaser. Can't wait to see it in the metal.

25 October 2013

At least it doesn't have the goofy looks of the current 1-series ... Hopefully the design team will address that double-quick now ...

25 October 2013

Much improved looks over the rather frumpy looking current 2 series coupe. But that one always looks to short, While the new looks appear better balanced.

25 October 2013

Only a couple of cm's shorter than an E46 3 series saloon, but wider and higher, its not exactly small, is there really any reason for a 4 series.

25 October 2013

Not sure about their being 'ample space for four' - it still looks quite cramped in the back. And it's significantly more expensive than the One, albeit better looking.

25 October 2013

I like this. Kind of reminds me of the 3dr E30, can't see it being anything other than a sales hit.

I wonder if you can retro-fit the 2 series nose onto the 1 series..? That would improve it no end, as would a quieter diesel. Drove a new 120d last week, entertaining and punchy but christ was it gruff! Our 4 year-old Honda diesel shamed it for NVH.


25 October 2013

"The replacement for the highly rated M135i coupé." Are you sure Autocar? That car was a full-fat M product, a M1 in all but name. The M235i is 'semi-skimmed' M car like its sister M135i, although its power and performance would lend it to being close to being a M2, otherwise if there was a full-on replacement for the 1-Series M Coupe, it's performance would be awfully close to a M3/M4.

25 October 2013

I hope that Jaguar launch a car in this class as they'll show the Germans how to make a stylish and desirable looking car inside and out, and one that uses quality materials inside too and features top notch build too. The Golf, A3, 1/2 Series and A Class are all dull looking and as desirable as a 60s tower block. Only the Italians come close to flair and that wow factor.

25 October 2013
Roadster wrote:

I hope that Jaguar launch a car in this class as they'll show the Germans how to make a stylish and desirable looking car inside and out, and one that uses quality materials inside too and features top notch build too. The Golf, A3, 1/2 Series and A Class are all dull looking and as desirable as a 60s tower block. Only the Italians come close to flair and that wow factor.

Yes the Golf, A3, 1 Series and A Class are so undesirable, yet somehow they do so well in the sales charts? Hmm, how could that be when no one wants them... Jaguar are taking long enough to produce a 3 Series rival, I very much doubt we'll see a 1/2 Series equivalent from them in the near future.

The 2 Series is a great looking car, and dispenses with the awkwardness of the previous 1 Series Coupe. M235i features M3 bating performance for only £35k; that is a genuine bargain.

25 October 2013
Roadster wrote:

I hope that Jaguar launch a car in this class as they'll show the Germans how to make a stylish and desirable looking car inside and out, and one that uses quality materials inside too and features top notch build too. The Golf, A3, 1/2 Series and A Class are all dull looking and as desirable as a 60s tower block. Only the Italians come close to flair and that wow factor.

Have you got a downer on all German cars Roadster? I admit that the majority of German cars are relatively staid and conservative looking, but they more or less still look sophisticated. As for interior quality, are you for real? If you've ever sat in a current Jag the interiors do look lovely, but as for material quality a XJs, for example, wouldn't even pass muster in a Golf, yet alone an A3 or an A-Class! And I've been in all. And top notch build, are you sure? Right up there with Japanese cars?

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