As the BMW 4 Series is to the 3, the 2 is to the 1 – under Munich’s new naming convention, all coupes are to be even-numbered; so the 2 Series family will effectively replace the coupe versions of the 1 Series, with Convertible and Gran Coupe versions also likely.
The 2 Series Coupe is expected to launch sometime this year and the Convertible next year, while the 1 Series will continue in hatchback form. It’s rumoured that the 1 Series may switch to FWD in the future, giving BMW room to price the 2 Series higher.
The car you see in these spyshots, courtesy of CarPix, could well be the hot M235i, which reportedly began production late last year at BMW’s Leipzig facility. Indications include the aggressive lower front bumper, M Sport steering wheel, twin tailpipes, boot lid spoiler as well as the same kind of wheels worn by the M135i.
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At its heart is the same 320 hp/450 Nm 3.0 litre turbocharged straight-six, and transmission should be taken care of by an eight-speed auto. This one, though, has a six-speed manual gearbox. 18-inch alloys shod in 255/40 front and 245/35 rear tires are also said to be offered.
The BMW 2 Series should carry over the 1 Series’ four-cylinder engines, including a 2.0 litre petrol in 150 hp, 177 hp and 218 hp guises. A 214 hp 2.0 litre turbodiesel is also said to be on the menu, while xDrive could be available as an optional extra.