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.