Two-door version based on 1-series hatchback breaks cover as BMW's new entry-level coupe
Has the body grown like the badge?
Yes it has. The all-new 2-series, seen here in official pictures in coupe form first, is generally bigger in practically all aspects than the outgoing 1-series Coupe.
The 2-series (to be joined later by the Convertible) is 72mm longer and 32mm wider than before. The 2,690mm wheelbase length is 30mm more than ever.
As in the 4-series, the widest part in the 2-series is the rear track. Compared with today's 1-series hatchback donor car, the 2-series is 110mm longer. BMW says both these facets give the 2-series a truly sporty appearance.
All these gains translate into a bigger cabin and boot. BMW adds that headroom up front has increased by 19mm, rear legroom by 21mm and boot capacity by 20 litres. Rear seats fold 60:40, or 40:20:40 as an option.
Having said all that, the 2-series promises to be a more practical car than the 1-series Coupe.
It also looks a mite bolder . . .
Steering wheel is part of M Sport package.
That's really going to depend on the eyes, mate. Some may like the sleeker face, while others may miss the chunkier variation of the 2's predecessor. The same goes for the rear end.
BMW will be offering three trims to choose from when the 2-series goes on sale in March next year _ Sport, Modern and M Sport.
While the increased dimensions of the rear-drive 2-series also promise better grip and ride comfort, BMW is offering a host of options relating to driving dynamics like 10mm lower ride height, 17-inch wheels and bigger brake discs in the M Sport pack.
There will also be bespoke M chassis settings, mechanical limited slip differential for the rear axle and a Sport version of the eight-speed automatic transmission highlighting launch control to choose from.
You mean for the M2 version?
Oh no, that hasn't been announced (yet), my friend. The most potent model BMW has disclosed so far is the M235i sporting a 326hp 3.0-litre turbo six-pot that can crack 0-100kph in 4.8sec with the aid of launch control (a manual gearbox is also available but yields a slower 5.0sec time).
The next most powerful version is the 218hp 225d with a 6.3sec time, followed by the 184hp 220d and 143hp 218d, which is the most frugal with a 22.7kpl rating. All use 2.0-litre diesel-turbo motors.
The fifth variant is the 184hp 220i petrol-turbo head which has an acceleration time of a decent 7.0sec.
Will it still be pricey in Thailand?
That remains to be seen. The 1-series Coupe once came to Thai shores in 120d form at a rather astonishing 3.7 million baht. No wonder it can hardly be spotted on Thai roads.
However, such ambitious pricing could be history because BMW is now making its cars more aggressively priced. The 116i hatchback, as tested in Life last week, cost 800,000 baht less than the previous-generation 120i.
And now that Mercedes is offering the C180 Coupe at 2.99 million baht, a 220i, as such, really can't afford to have a high price like its predecessor - if the Thai BMW office is interested in selling the all-new 2-series.
Like in the 4-series, the widest part in the 2-series is the rear track.