The BMW 2-series has been given its first public outing at the Detroit motor show
The M235i is the most powerful model in the range
The Detroit motor show marks the 2-series' public debut
Three models make up the range from launch: 220d, 220i and M235i
A further two models, the 218d and 225d, will join the range in May
The 2-series is the successor to the 1-series coupé
The range starts at £25,040 for the 220i
Four trim lines are available at launch
Buyers can choose their 2-series in either SE, Sport, Modern or M Sport trims
The 2-series offers 390 litres of boot space
That's some 20 litres more than the 1-series coupé
The interior is lifted largely from the 1-series
A longer wheelbase means the 2-series has plenty of storage space
Even more space can be achieved with the seats down
The 2-series measures 4432mm long, 1774mm wide and 1418mm high
Dashboard, switchgear and leather are taken straight from the 1-series
The new 2-series will also support a cabriolet model
The cabriolet will be added to the coupé range mid-way through 2014
The 2-series boasts ample seating for four adults
Standard equipment includes air conditioning, leather steering wheel and rear parking sesnors
Higher trim levels unlock more equipment and features
The 2-series uses the same range of engines as the 1-series hatchback
The longitudinal engine layout and rear-wheel drive platform means the 2-series has class-leading performance, says BMW
In terms of styling and dynamics, the 2-series is far removed from its 1-series sibling
Sources have already confirmed that some models will receive four-wheel drive
Four-wheel drive is likely to be packaged in an xDrive upgrade
The 2-series will be assembled at BMW's Leipzig factory
Power in the 2-series ranges from 181bhp to 321bhp
The M235i is the performance variant of the range
The M235i comes equipped with a 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel engine producing 321bhp
Prices for the 2-series start at £25,040, rising to £34,250
All models in the range come with a six-speed manual gearbox
The 2-series is likely to go on sale soon after January next year
The 2-series adopts BMW's new naming system
That naming convention will see sporting models named with even numbers
That convention has already been used for 4-series and 6-series models
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.
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
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
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