BMW has finally revealed the new 2 Series Convertible, which is due to go on sale in February 2015 starting at £29,180 on the road
The new version of the popular BMW 1 Series Convertible has been unveiled and it's called the 2 Series Convertible. This is the third instalment in the all-new BMW 2 Series line up, joining the 130,000 units worldwide, so BMW has high hopes for its new replacement.
At the launch, four engines will be available in the Convertible, the range consisting of the 220i petrol with 184bhp, a 228i with 245bhp, a new 220d diesel engine with 190bhp and, for the first time ever, an M235i Convertible variant with 326bhp.
BMW’s EfficientDynamics treatment has been passed on to the 2 Series Convertible, with fuel-saving innovation including start-stop technology, brake energy regeneration and BMW's ECO PRO mode which gives tips on how to drive economically through the Proactive Driving Assistant. The 220i and 220d models will be available in Sport, Luxury and M Sport trims, while the 228i is offered only in M Sport guise.
When comparing to the old model, the 2 Series Convertible is 72mm longer and 26mm wider, with a 30mm longer wheelbase. This should mean greater interior space and access for passengers, especially in the rear. The electric roof lowers and raises in 20 seconds, and can be operated at speeds of just over 30mph. Boot space in the 2 Series has improved over the 1 Series, too, at over 330 litres.
The interior will look familiar to anyone who's been in a current model 1 Series or 2 Series Coupe with a driver-focused layout and BMW's iDrive controller connected to a standard 6.5-inch central display. A new addition to the 2 Series and, indeed, for any BMW, is a new navigation system which updates navigation data wirelessly and for free through the built-in SIM card.
Every 2 Series Convertible will come with Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming and USB interface. DAB radio and access to BMW Emergency Call and TeleServices as standard. Alloy wheels, automatic air conditioning, Drive Performance Control, keyless go, sports seats and a multifunction steering wheel all come as standard, too. Individual trims are distinguished by different alloy wheel designs and sizes, interior trim options plus exterior design accents and colours.