A full set of press photos of the all-new BMW 2 Series Coupé have been released. The entry-level coupé is expected to bow in at the Detroit Auto Show in January, before going on sale in Europe not long after. Although based on the 1 Series hatchback, the coupé is 110mm longer. It is also significantly larger than its predecessor, the 1 Series coupé. Length hs been increased by 72mm to 4,432mm, width by 32mm to 1,774mm and wheelbase by 30mm to 2,690mm. The car’s front and rear track has also grown by 41mm and 43mm respectively.
The latest series of photos include the regular 2 Series, an M Sport edition, as well as the range topping M235i. Although there is no official confirmation that an M2 is in the works, we are pretty sure it will join the range further down the track. Stylewise, the new 2 Series looks more cohesive than the 1 Series Coupé it replaces, with a better resolved back end. Inside, it’s a big leap forward in terms of design and material.
The BMW 2 Series engine lineup will match closely with the 1 Series hatchback. The 220i coupé is the first compact BMW model to be powered by the 135kW (184hp) version of the 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, while he 218d coupé is equipped with a 105kW (143hp) four-cylinder diesel. The 220i will complete the 0-100km/h dash in 7.0 seconds, while the 218d takes 8.9 seconds.
In Europe, the 135kW (184hp) 220d coupé and the 160kW (218hp) 225d coupé will also be available from launch. The range topping M235i coupé is powered by a turbocharged 3.0-litre in-line six engine with 240kW (326hp) and complete with M-specific tuning for its chassis coponents and aerodynamic optimsed body features. It will sprint to 100km/h from a standstill in 4.8 seconds (5.0 seconds for the manual).