2014 BMW 2 Series: First Look

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Competes with: Audi A5, Infiniti G37 coupe

Looks like: The BMW 1 Series coupe

Drivetrain: A 240-horsepower, twin-turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder (228i) and a 322-hp, twin-turbocharged  3.0-liter six-cylinder (M235i); six-speed manual and eight-speed automatic transmissions

Hits dealerships: Early 2014

BMW is continuing its confusing numbers game and will welcome the 2 Series to its lineup in early 2014. The rear-wheel drive coupe seats four and replaces the 1 Series coupe. The 2 Series will be available in 228i and M235i trims starting at $33,025 and $44,025, respectively; prices include a $925 destination fee. That's slightly more than the 2013 i28i, which starts at $32,425, including destination.

Powering the 228i is a 240-horsepower, twin-turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder; BMW says it's good for a zero-to-60 time of 5.4 seconds with the eight-speed automatic; a six-speed manual is also available. Preliminary fuel economy estimates for the eight-speed are 23/35/27 mpg city/highway/combined and 22/34/26 mpg for the six-speed manual.

The M is amped up in every way, with a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder good for 322 hp and 332 pounds-feet of torque as well as an M specific adaptive suspension, M Sport braking system, variable sport steering and specially tuned exhaust. BMW pegs its zero-to-60 time at 4.8 seconds with the eight-speed automatic and estimates a 22/32/25 mpg rating for the automatic and 19/28 /22 for the six-speed manual. The eight-speed is standard, and the six-speed manual is a no-cost option on the M235i. An automatic stop-start system is standard on both models.

The new coupe is 2.8 inches longer than the 1 Series, which BMW says translates into 0.7 inches of additional front headroom and 0.8 inches of extra rear legroom. The trunk also grows slightly, with an added 0.7 cubic feet of space for a total of  13.8 cubic feet.

Standard interior features include dual-zone automatic climate control; Driving Experience Control, which allows the driver to adjust the suspension setup; and BMW's iDrive multimedia system (with a 6.5-inch screen). Navigation with an upgraded 8.8-inch screen is optional. Other options include Bluetooth audio streaming, an upgraded Harman Kardon audio system, adaptive headlights, the ConnectedDrive in-car connectivity system, parking assist, a rearview camera and a cruise control system with braking function.

We'll be able to get a closer look at the 2 Series in January at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

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Comments 

Jay

The M-B CLA and the Infiniti G look like way better values than this (with a backseat made for infants). Way overpriced for 2 doors and a 4 engine...

carma

Congratulation bmw on downgrading the one series, taking away the smooth and powerful six cylinder engine and replacing it with a raspy turbo four. Maybe the face lift and new name will fool some people into paying more money for less car.

Infosaur

But it's SOOO much better looking than the last one Carma!

I usually hate BMW's (because of their drivers/owners) but this has to be on my top 5 list of BMW's I actually want.

But I'd heard rumors that the 1-series was going to FWD. Although that center console is quite pronounced do we have conformation that this is actually RWD? Or is it FWD with an AWD option?

carma

Infosaur,
I agree the styling is very attractive, and the stance reminds me of a modern day version of the datsun 510. I just wish they would have kept a non-turbo six as the base engine. It's what made the previous car a BMW, IMO. I wish someone would build a car like this at a lower price point. I could live with even a non-turbo four, as long as it would have rear drive, independent rear suspension and about 150 horsepower, all for about $26K. I find the subaru/scion twins to be too cramped and low to the ground. Somebody give us a three box, balanced sport sedan at a more reasonable price (nissan, chevy, toyota are you listening?)

Infosaur

Nissan teased us at the Tokyo show with a concept based on the 510. Chevy had that Code 130r a few years ago.

They're listening, they just aren't building.

carma

I don't understand why no one is building a lower priced competitor. Considering that the majority of these four cylinder compacts will go out the door with a price north of $40k, there's money to be made. In fact, it will be difficult to even find a 228 in the showroom with a sticker below 40. Building a rear drive is not rocket science. They all did it for decades: cars like the 510, the corona, celica, 626, rx2 & 3, etc. Mustang stayed rear drive and that's why it has always had a market. The 2015 mustang will have IRS and might be the best competitor.

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