BMW has given its 2 Series Coupe and Convertible a facelift. Scheduled for market launch in July, the coupe and drop top sisters of the 1 Series feature revised front-end styling, a refreshed interior and more equipment. Munich has sold over 140k units of the F22, with one in three units going to the US market.

The 2 Series is now fitted with bi-LED headlamps as standard, with adaptive full-LED items and LED foglamps as options. The signature BMW twin barrel ‘eyes’ are present, but they have a hexagonal interpretation here – the new half ring LED DRLs are the easiest identifier. A larger kidney grille gives the front end a wider look, and the outer air intakes are also bigger. The rear end features LED rear lights with revised graphics.

Inside, the 2 Series sports a dashboard that has been lightly revised, with “a more spacious, calmer and clearer feel” as a result. New design air vents and centre console join a rejig that puts more focus on the driver. It includes dash stitching and new interior trim strips with chrome application, which also feature on the window buttons. The glove box has a new design cover, and the cupholders now get a sliding lid. There are more gloss black surfaces.

There’s also a new instrument panel with black panel design, Bluetooth/USB as standard, and an updated user interface and touch-sensitive 8.8-inch screen for the Navigation Professional system (with voice control). Wireless induction phone charging is optional, while Apple CarPlay can be accessed via a BMW navigation system. The in-car WiFi hotspot provides connection for up to ten devices. One new leather and two new fabric upholsteries join the range.

The list of assistance systems customers can specify includes Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go function. The Driving Assistant is also available and comprises the Lane Departure Warning system and City Collision Mitigation, which applies the brakes automatically at speeds up to 60 km/h in response to an imminent collision with a car, motorcycle or pedestrian.

BMW offers the standard car along with Luxury Line, Sport Line and M Sport trims, and there’s a BMW M Performance M240i/M240i xDrive flagship variant too, M2 aside. Mediterranean Blue, Seaside Blue and Sunset Orange are the three new colours, and the choice of rims has also been expanded – up by four to 17 designs from 16- to 18-inches.

A wide line-up of three-, four- and six-cylinder turbo engines are available, producing anything from 136 hp (218i) to 340 hp (M240i). All diesel engines feature new turbo tech and enhanced commonrail direct injection systems.

Transmission choices are a six-speed manual gearbox or an eight-speed automatic. The 225d and M240i xDrive variants come standard with the eight-speed Steptronic Sport version of the automatic, which also offers steering paddles.

Rear-wheel drive is unique in the segment, but the M240i and 220d variants can be ordered with xDrive all-wheel drive (M240i only for the Convertible).


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