Based on current speculation that BMW’s sedan and coupe version will NOT share the same Series number after 2013. We are expecting BMW to name their 2 door version of the 1-Series 4 door sedan, as the 2-Series.
To backup the speculations, BMW has trademarked the name so we know a model is coming.
We have heard rumors about a possible M235i ever since BMW unveiled the M135i Concept at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. Back then it was rumored that the production version would carry the same M135i nomenclature, but considering that BMW has changed its naming system, the two-door coupe version will be called M235i.
Until now, all we had were rumors and speculation, but today our spy photographers caught the M235i lapping the Nürburgring. As expected, the prototype is heavily camouflaged, but it is pretty obvious it will carry an aggressive exterior look similar to other M models.
Under the hood, rumors suggest we are going to see the same engine we saw in the M135i Concept, which is a straight-six-cylinder engine with M Performance Twin Power Turbo technology that puts down more than 300 horsepower. The model will also be equipped with a rear-wheel-drive layout and sports suspension setup.
As you can see, today is a very good day for spy shots. It seems like every automaker out there is taking advantage of the first days of spring in Europe and have taken all of their upcoming models out for some testing. This time around, our spy photographers caught the upcoming 2 Series Coupe. This isn’t the first time we’ve caught the 2er, but it is the first time we caught a glimpse of its interior.
As no surprise, the upcoming 2 Series Coupe will feature an interior similar to the new-generation 3 Series’. This interior includes a three-spoke steering wheel with controls for the main functions of the car; a cockpit specially designed to offer easy access to the important controls; and the fuel gauge, speedometer, rev counter and oil temperature gauges will all have a black-panel displays.
It looks like the future 2 Series Coupe will also be offered with standard iDrive monitor with high-resolution display. Additionally, if you consider the speedometer as an indicator of a car’s top speed, then the 2 Series will be surprisingly fast with its 260 km/h (161 mph) speedo.
Expect the new 2 Series Coupe to be unveiled sometime by the end of 2013.
It looks like the cold weather in Sweden has brought many automakers to the Swiss countryside to start testing their cars under these extreme conditions. Today is BMW’s turn to take the coupe version of the upcoming 2-Series out for some fun in the snow. That’s not really a surprise, considering the 2-Series Convertible was been caught testing in the same place just the other day.
The new 2-Series Coupe will replace the current 1-Series Coupe, a strategy that has also been applied to the 3-Series coupe, which will be replaced by the 4-Series Coupe. The new 2-Series will be built on the same platform as the 1-Series hatchback, but it will be a little bit sportier.
For the 2-Series, BMW will only offer four-cylinder engine options in either petrol or diesel formats. The petrol engines’ output will range from 150 to 218 horsepower, while the diesel engine will be a 214-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbocharged unit. All the engines will mate to either a six-speed manual transmission or an optional eight-speed automatic transmission, plus, as an option, BMW’s xDrive all-wheel-drive system.
Expect to see the new 2-Series Coupe unveiled sometime by the end of 2013.
As you probably know by now, starting with the next generation 1-Series, the Bavarian automaker will further separate their models, as hatchback models will continue to be offered under the 1-Series nomenclature, amd coupe and convertible will be offered under the 2-Series name. However, when it comes to the models included in the 2-Series lineup all we had until now where rumors.
Today, a VIN search unveiled pretty much all the models to be included in the next 2-Series. The problem is that the U.S. market will only get two versions: 228i xDrive auto and M235i xDrive auto, while the European list is considerably longer. It will include the following models; 220i manual, 225i manual, 225i auto, M235i manual and auto, M235i xDrive auto, 218d manual, 220d auto, and the 225d manual and auto.
U.S. market will also get an M235i Valencia Orange that will be powered by a 3.0-liter engine with an output of 315 horsepower (same power as current M135i hatchback) and will be painted in Valencia Orange Metallic.
Each model can be further customized with a pretty long list of options, including an M Aerodynamic package, 18-inch wheels in double-spoke design, an adaptive M suspension, a multi-function steering wheel and much more.
The upcoming BMW 2-Series Convertible made its first appearance on the roads at the end of 2012, and now our spy photographers have caught it again. This time around, the drop-top 2-Series has been taken out for some cold-weather testing in Sweden.
The new BMW 2-Series will be built on the same platform as the 1-Series hatchback, but unlike the 1-Series it will be a little bit sportier.
Under the next 2-Series Convertible’s hood will be a series of four-cylinder engines in both petrol and diesel formats. The petrol engines’ output will range from 150 to 218 horsepower, while the diesel engine will be a 214-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbocharged unit. All of the engines will mate to either a six-speed manual transmission or an optional eight-speed automatic transmission. As an option, customers can also order BMW’s now xDrive all-wheel-drive system.
Expect the new 2-Series Convertible to be unveiled in late 2013, likely around the same time as the 2-Series Coupe.
Two weeks ago we brought you the first spy shots of the upcoming BMW 2-Series Convertible. Today is time for its coupe sibling to go out for a testing session on public roads and our spy photographers were once again at the right place to shot some very cool photos.
As you can see this prototype caught testing is not fully camouflaged and reveals parts of the hard-top and the exterior mirrors. Everything else has been carefully hidden, but we already know that the next 2-Series will be pretty much similar to the new generation 3-Series, except its two-doors configuration and the fact that it will be made a little bit sportier.
Under the hood, we will only see four-cylinder engines, including a 2.0-liter gasoline engine with 150, 177 or 218 horsepower, and a 2.0-liter turbocharged diesel engine with 214 horsepower. All of the engines will mate to either a six-speed manual transmission or an optional eight-speed automatic transmission.
Expect to see the new 2-Series Coupe launched late in 2013.
Next year will bring a series of small modifications in BMW’s lineup – most of the shuffling will happen within the Bavarian automaker’s naming system. The 3-Series Coupe and Convertible will be sold as the 4-Series and the 1-Series Coupe and Convertible will become the 2-Series.
Until now, we only brought you spy shots of the next 4-Series, but our spy photographers have just caught the 2-Series Convertible testing on public roads for the first time. You can see one image above and the rest in the gallery.
The 2-Series Convertible will be based on the 1-Series hatchback from which it will borrow its technology and engine lineup. As for its design language, BMW has promised to make the 2-Series a little sportier.
Under the hood, we will only see four-cylinder engines. The engine lineup will consist of a 2.0-liter gasoline engine with 150, 177 or 218 horsepower, and a 2.0-liter turbocharged diesel engine with 214 horsepower. All of the engines will mate to either a six-speed manual transmission or an optional eight-speed automatic transmission. BMW’s now famous xDrive system will be available as an option on the 2-Series, as well.
The upcoming 2-Series Convertible is set to be unveiled in late 2013.
The split between the 1-Series and 2-Series model is opening up doors for BMW to start planning body variations for both models, expanding the lineup and hopefully bringing in more sales. The coupe and convertible versions of the old 1-Series will find themselves sporting a 2-Series tag, with a Gran Coupe to follow, and now, a Tourer variation as well.
The new BMW 2-Series Gran Sports Tourer could be the first model from the upcoming "Gran Tourer" line-up and aims "to those that desire something innovative and fresh in design but still combining practicality and exclusivity and that all important premium feel." It will target models like the Mercedes-Benz CLA and the Audi A3 Sedan.
The Gran Sports Tourer will be offered in a rear-wheel-drive configuration and will have both a sporty look and reasonable practicality. As for its exterior design, the next Gran Sports Tourer model will feature a more flat raked rear end, like the one seen in the classic 1600/2002 Touring. This will allow BMW to combine historic design with a contemporary look.
An official debut for the BMW 2-Series Gran Sports Tourer will be made sometime in 2015. Both the 4-Series and 6-Series may also be given the same treatment.
After releasing the 6-Series Gran Coupe, BMW will switch models to apply the Gran Coupe treatment to the upcoming 4-Series. However, new details suggest that the same package will also be applied to the next 2-Series. The next 2-Series Gran Coupe will be aimed customers looking for a coupe look with some extra practicality.
The BMW 2-Series Gran Coupe will be offered in a rear-wheel-drive configuration and, according to the first details, "is a car to bring classic sporting BMW values and a sense of tradition against modern rivals. It will feature an individual appearance for the front and rear ends that will distinguish it from the current 1-Series. It will also be built on a slightly lengthened platform and will feature a lower elongated roofline.
Under the hood, we will find the same engine line-up as in the standard 2-Series: a 2.0 petrol engine with either 150 HP, 177 HP, or 218 HP and a 2.0 turbodiesel engine producing 214 HP. These engines will be combined with either a six-speed manual transmission or an optional eight-speed automatic transmission.
Expect to see the new BMW 2-Series Gran Coupe launched sometime in 2014.
The current BMW 1-Series M Coupe has had its fair share of success on the market, so BMW’s plans to develop a successor for it shouldn’t surprise anyone. The new sports coupe will be based on the next generation 2-Series and will most likely be badged the M253i (known as the M135i Coupe until recently). A coupe version will be unveiled at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, while a convertible version will arrive later in 2014.
The future M235i will be powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 316 HP. The engine was recently announced in the M135i, but according to Autoweek, this engine has been certified for U.S. sales.
The M235i Convertible will be offered with a fabric roof and will have enough interior room for four people. The exterior will be distinguished by the usual BMW M Performance package which includes a front apron with large air intake vents and three-dimensional flaps, an impressive rear apron with dual exhaust pipes, and 18" M light alloy double-spoke wheels.