BMW Group has revealed the open top model for its 2 Series ahead of its debut at the upcoming Paris Motor Show. Yes, the 2015 BMW 2 Series Convertible has been announced, detailing all four variants – 220i, 220d, 228i M Sport and M235i, with sales for it said to start from February next year.
The BMW 2 Series Convertible is 72 mm longer, 26 mm wider and has 30 mm longer wheelbase than the 1 Series Convertible it replaces. It also has wider tracks – 41 mm at the front and 43 mm at the back. Apart from the multilayer soft top, it looks exactly like the 2 Series Coupe. The fabric top itself, can now be lowered or raised in just 20 seconds and will work up to speeds of about 50 km/h.
First up is the base model 220i. It is equipped with a 2.0 litre four-cylinder in-line petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology producing 184 hp between 5,000 to 6,250 rpm and 270 Nm between 1,250 to 4,500 rpm. It gets to 100 km/h in 7.5 seconds and onwards to a top speed of 231 km/h, consuming between 6.8 to 6.5 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres of fuel, emitting about 159 to 152 g/km of CO2.
Next in line is the 220d. It gets a brand new engine, which is a 2.0 litre four-cylinder in-line diesel system with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology. The oil burner kicks out 190 hp at 4,000 rpm and 400 Nm of torque between 1,750 to 2,500 rpm, enabling a 0 to 100 km/h acceleration of 7.4 seconds and a 225 km/h top speed. It burns between 4.7 to 4.4 litres of diesel per 100 kilometres but emits only 124 to 116 g/km of CO2.
Both the 220i and 220d variants are available in Sport, Luxury and M Sport trim. The standard Sport specification includes alloy wheels, automatic air conditioning, Drive Performance Control, Keyless go, a Sport instrument cluster, dual dark chrome exhaust tailpipes, Sports seats and a Sport multi-function leather steering wheel. Luxury trim are distinguished by larger alloy wheels, Chrome finishers on the front air inlet, front grille, dual chrome exhaust tailpipes and rear bumper, Fineline Wood with Oxide Silver accents and Dakota leather upholstery.
The 228i M Sport, on the other had, uses the same 2.0 litre four-cylinder in-line petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology as the 220i, but this kicks out 245 hp between 5,000 to 6,500 rpm and 350 Nm of torque between 1,250 to 4,800 rpm. Its 0 to 100 km/h sprint takes 6.1 seconds, has a 250 km/h top speed and consumes 6.8 litres per 100 kilometres while emitting 159 g/km of CO2.
All M Sport versions, including the 220i and 220d with M Sport trim, gets High-gloss Shadowline exterior trim, Aluminium Hexagon trim with Estoril Blue accents, extra-wide High-gloss Black kidney grille slats, a Sport instrument cluster, dual chrome exhaust tailpipes, M Sport suspension, an M Sport multi-function leather steering wheel, M aerodynamic body styling and M door sill finishers. There’s also an M Sport Plus package which consists of a set of Ferric Grey 18-inch alloy wheels, headlight wash, harman/kardon loudspeaker system, M Sport brakes, Xenon headlamps and a grey windscreen shade band.
Finally, the range topping model, the M235i, has a 3.0 litre in-line six-cylinder petrol engine with M Performance TwinPower Turbo technology good for 326 hp between 5,800 to 6,000 rpm and 450 Nm of torque between 1,300 to 4,500 rpm. Getting to 100 km/h takes only 5 seconds and top speed is rated at 250 km/h. It eats up 8.5 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres and spits out 199 g/km of CO2.
The M235i also gets an 18-inch double-spoke alloy wheels, Ferric Grey air blades and mirror caps, dual-zone air conditioning, Dakota leather upholstery, Extended Lighting and Storage, M Sport suspension and braking, an M rear spoiler and M logos on the wings.
BMW today announces the third model in its 2 Series portfolio, the BMW 2 Series Convertible. It will join the 2 Series Coupé and 2 Series Active Tourer in the line-up from February 2015, with prices starting at £29,180 OTR. The new car replaces the 1 Series Convertible, the most successful car in its class with global sales of more than 130,000 units, and the only one with rear-wheel drive.
The BMW 2 Series Convertible will be available with a choice of four engines, including a new 2.0-litre diesel for the 220d and, for the first time in a BMW convertible, an M Performance variant, the M235i. Fuel economy improvements over the previous model average 18 per cent. The 2 Series Convertible also brings significant improvements in passenger space and access, acoustic comfort, style, dynamism and equipment, while the ConnectedDrive services for the first time include wireless updating of navigation data.
BMW 220i Sport Convertible – £29,180
BMW 228i M Sport Convertible – £31,550
BMW M235i – £37,710
BMW 220d Sport Convertible – £29,965
More open-top driving pleasure with an added dash of style
The BMW 2 Series Convertible is longer (by 72mm) and wider (by 26mm) than the model it replaces, and has a wheelbase which has been elongated by 30mm. These increases have been put to good use to enhance passenger access and space, increase driving enjoyment with the roof down and change the proportions so that BMW’s latest compact convertible looks even more stylish.
The electrically operated folding soft top lowers or raises in just 20 seconds at the touch of a button, and can be carried out at speeds of just over 30mph. Additional insulation in the skin of the soft-top improves acoustic comfort, with a 4db noise reduction, and adds to the year-round usability of the car. Improved aerodynamics, with a Cd of just 0.31, also helps to make the cabin quieter. An easier-to-use optional wind deflector provides greater protection against turbulence when travelling top-down.
Once folded, the soft top disappears fully into the boot to give the BMW 2 Series Convertible a premium ‘boat deck’ appearance. Luggage capacity increases by 30 litres to 335 litres, making it the largest boot in its class. A through-loading system is optionally available to increase versatility.
The four-seat interior, with folding rear bench, provides greater space and a more intense open-top driving experience, placing the occupants in a typical BMW set-back position. Rear access benefits from an 11mm wider aperture when the front seats are tilted forwards. Large door pockets, a spacious glovebox, a central storage compartment and two cup holders provide improved in-cabin storage.
The stretched silhouette of the BMW 2 Series Convertible emphasises the tell-tale BMW design characteristics of a long bonnet and wheelbase, short overhangs and a rear-biased cabin. The double kidney grille leans slightly forwards between twin-round circular headlights that narrow towards the centre, replicating the outlines of the lower air intakes. An LED accent light cuts across the top of the lighting unit on the optional Xenon headlights, while Adaptive Headlights featuring Selective Beam technology are also available. Air Curtains in the front apron channel air to outlets in the front side panels, reducing turbulence in the wheel arches to enhance fuel efficiency.
The track widths of the BMW 2 Series Convertible are larger than those of its predecessor, by 41mm at the front and 43mm at the rear, so that the widest part of the car is the rear wheel arch area. This emphasises the greater dynamism of the new model and its unique-in-class rear-drive layout. Horizontal lines at the rear also hint at the car’s wider stance. The rear lights extend into the side panels and feature familiar BMW L-shaped LED light bars. At the sides, a slightly rising shoulder line, swage lines running through the door handles and character lines from the doors and side skirts to the rear panels all point to the car’s sporty, rear-wheel-drive layout.
The interior has been deliberately kept as simple as possible, with layered surfaces, driver-focused controls, clear instruments and a Sport or M Sport leather-covered multi-function steering wheel. Controls for the audio and climate control systems are set against High-gloss Black surfaces and the air vents have chrome surrounds. Switchable ambient lighting is further confirmation of the car’s premium quality. The BMW iDrive controller, linked to a 6.5-inch display screen, gives access to the car’s control systems with minimum distraction.
A more rigid body and advanced new safety features for greater protection
The BMW 2 Series Convertible delivers enhanced safety for occupants and pedestrians compared with the previous model through a combination of a more rigid body and advanced safety features. Torsional stiffness has been raised by 20 per cent and bending stiffness is 10 per cent higher, despite a decrease in body weight, thanks to extensive use of high- and ultra-high-strength steels.
The A-pillars with strengthening elements and joints made from hot-formed steel combine with the aluminium bars hidden behind the rear seats to form a survival space for occupants in the event of a roll-over accident. The roll-over bars are triggered automatically in fractions of a second if the car’s electronic sensors detect any risk. Strong supporting structures, precisely defined load paths, large deformation zones and intelligent restraint systems ensure that the BMW 2 Series Convertible meets or surpasses safety requirements around the world. Meanwhile, an active bonnet which rises at the rear and contains special deformation areas provides optimum pedestrian protection.
The car’s restraint systems include front airbags, side airbags with head airbags integrated into the seat backrests, seatbelt pre-tensioners and force limiters in the front seats and ISOFIX child-seat attachment points in the rear. Also standard is a Tyre Pressure Monitoring system which registers any loss of pressure and activates a signal in the instrument cluster to warn the driver.
Greater performance and dynamism with improved efficiency
Four BMW TwinPower Turbo engines featuring a suite of EfficientDynamics technologies endow the BMW 2 Series Convertible with superior performance to its predecessor, with an average 18 per cent improvement in fuel efficiency and lower CO2 emissions. The engines include a new 2.0-litre diesel for the 220d and, for the first time in a BMW convertible, an M Performance power unit for the M235i. There are also two 2.0-litre petrol engines available, the 220i and 228i. All are more powerful than the engines in the previous model and meet EU6 emissions standards.
The new 2.0-litre diesel engine develops 14hp and 50Nm of torque more than the previous unit, with greater efficiency. The combined fuel economy is 60.1mpg with the six-speed manual transmission or 64.2mpg with the eight-speed automatic gearbox which is optional on every model, while the respective CO2 emissions are 124g/km and 116g/km. It features an aluminium crankcase with thermally joined liners to reduce internal friction, and balancer shafts to eliminate vibrations. An enhanced turbocharger and an improved common-rail direct-injection system operating at up to 2,000 bar raise efficiency, and the engine is also lighter and quieter than its predecessor.
The M Performance 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine in the M235i develops 326hp and 450Nm of torque from only 1,300rpm with the aid of twin-scroll turbocharging, high-precision centrally positioned multi-hole direct injectors, VALVETRONIC variable valve timing and Double-VANOS variable camshaft timing. The result is an infectious cocktail of high-revving ability, responsive power, instantaneous torque and sports car performance with the utmost efficiency. Acceleration from zero to 62mph is achieved in 5.2 seconds with the manual gearbox and 5.0 seconds with the automatic, yet combined fuel economy is 33.2mpg in the manual and 35.8mpg in the automatic, while CO2 emissions are 199g/km and 184g/km respectively.
This efficiency is due in no small part to the extensive EfficientDynamics features on every model. These include lightweight body engineering, sleek aerodynamics with Air Curtains at the front, Auto Start-Stop, Brake Energy Regeneration and an ECO PRO mode within the standard Driving Experience Control system. This can reduce fuel consumption by up to 20 per cent by modifying accelerator and engine management responses, putting the climate control system into its most efficient setting and even giving the driver tips on how to drive economically through the Proactive Driving Assistant with the BMW Professional navigation system.
The longer wheelbase, increased track widths and stiffer body of the BMW 2 Series Convertible, allied to the latest driver assistance systems, ensure that the driving experience has been raised to even greater levels. The car has the typical sporty agility of a rear-drive BMW with an ideal front-to-rear weight distribution, combined with exceptional comfort. The double-joint tie-bar front suspension with spring struts and five-link rear axle have been precision-tuned for the BMW 2 Series Convertible. The standard electronic assistance systems include Dynamic Stability Control; incorporating Anti-lock Braking, Dynamic Traction Control, Cornering Brake Control and Dynamic Brake Control. These are supported by Brake Assist, Fading Compensation, Brake Drying, the Start-Off Assistant and the Active Differential Brake. The car can also be specified with either M Sport or Adaptive M Sport suspension and M Sport braking system.
The M Sport suspension and braking system, with model-specific tuning, are standard on the 228i and M235i, which also has custom-tuned Variable Sport steering. The suspension set-up and damping of the range-topping model takes into account, not only its exceptional performance, but also the characteristics introduced by its soft roof. Options include a BMW M Performance limited-slip differential.
ConnectedDrive now with free wireless navigation updates
The BMW 2 Series Convertible can be fully connected with the outside world through a wide range of standard-fit and optional ConnectedDrive features. They include, for the first time on any BMW, a new Professional navigation system which updates navigation data free and wirelessly through the built-in SIM card. This is capable of supporting the LTE (Long Term Evolution) wireless standard, which is up to five times faster than 3G.
Every BMW 2 Series Convertible comes with Bluetooth hands-free telephone connectivity with audio streaming and a USB interface, a DAB tuner, BMW Emergency Call and BMW TeleServices as standard. These can be supplemented with BMW Navigation or Professional multimedia system, Internet connectivity, BMW Online Services, Online Entertainment, Real Time Traffic Information, enhanced Bluetooth with Voice Control, Remote Services and Information Plus.
Customers can also specify the Driving Assistant with camera-based Lane Change and Lane Departure warning systems. It also features Attention Assistant to alert a potentially drowsy driver. Collision Warning primes the brakes and alerts the driver if the 2 Series Convertible gets too close to the car in front. Rear Park Distance Control is standard, and can be supported with Park Distance Control at the front as part of the Driver Comfort package. A Reversing Assist camera is also offered.
The BMW 2 Series Convertible in the UK
The 220d and 220i models are available in Sport, Luxury and M Sport trim while the 228i is offered in M Sport only and the M235i has its own unique specification. SE models will become available at a later date.
Standard specification on all models is comprehensive and includes alloy wheels, automatic air conditioning, Drive Performance Control, Keyless go, a Sport instrument cluster, dual dark chrome exhaust tailpipes for 220i and 220d Sport models, Sports seats and a Sport multi-function leather steering wheel.
The 220i and 220d Luxury models are distinguished by larger alloy wheels; Chrome finishers on the vertical slats of the front air inlet, front grille, dual chrome exhaust tailpipes and rear bumper; Fineline Wood with Oxide Silver accents and Dakota leather upholstery. M Sport versions have High-gloss Shadowline exterior trim, Aluminium Hexagon trim with Estoril Blue accents, extra-wide High-gloss Black kidney grille slats, a Sport instrument cluster, dual chrome exhaust tailpipes, M Sport suspension, an M Sport multi-function leather steering wheel, M aerodynamic body styling and M door sill finishers. There is also an M Sport Plus package of Ferric Grey 18-inch alloy wheels, headlight wash, harman/kardon loudspeaker system, M Sport brakes, Xenon headlamps and a grey windscreen shade band.
Last but not least, the unique specification of the M235i includes 18-inch double-spoke alloy wheels, Ferric Grey air blades and mirror caps, dual-zone air conditioning, Dakota leather upholstery, Extended Lighting and Storage, M Sport suspension and braking, an M rear spoiler and unique M logos on the wings.
The BMW 2 Series Convertible is on sale from 28 February, 2015. It will be priced from £29,180 OTR for a 220i Sport Convertible.
Extension of the new BMW 2 Series range; maximum dynamics in the premium compact segment now also available in Convertible form; the BMW 2 Series Convertible is the successor to the world’s most popular open-top premium model in this vehicle class (more than 130,000 units sold); systematic development of hallmark strengths of the BMW 1 Series Convertible in terms of driving dynamics, efficiency, agility, athletic elegance, emotion, comfort, functionality and intelligent networking; open-top driving experience of unmatched intensity thanks to typical BMW seat position and wide-opening top; rear-wheel drive – unique in the segment – ensures outstanding dynamics; market launch from February 2015 including BMW M Performance Automobile BMW M235i Convertible.
Independent exterior design, developed in parallel with BMW 2 Series Coupe, sporting hallmark BMW Convertible features and clear visual differentiation from the compact models of the BMW 1 Series; elegantly stretched lines; flat silhouette with pronounced swage line; powerfully sculpted rear wheel arches pointing up rear-wheel-drive configuration; targeted personalisation through model variants Advantage, Luxury Line, Sport Line and M Sport, each with specific exterior and interior design as well as equipment features.
Typical BMW proportions with short overhangs, long bonnet, set-back passenger cell, broad wheelbase and wide track; significantly enhanced dimensions compared with its forerunner model, the BMW 1 Series Convertible; length increased by 72 millimetres to 4,432 millimetres, width by 26 millimetres to 1,774 millimetres, wheelbase by 30 to 2,690 millimetres, front track by 41 to 1,521 millimetres and rear track by 43 to 1,556 millimetres; extended interior specification including e.g. optimised entry and exit comfort for rear passengers; luggage compartment volume increased by 30 litres to 335 litres with the top closed or by 20 litres to 280 litres with the top open, as well as a 35?millimetre-wider rear hatch compared to the predecessor model; rear seat backrest can be folded using a lever in the luggage compartment; through-loading aperture width increased by 150 millimetres to 450 millimetres and height of 246 (+28) millimetres.
Newly developed, electrically powered fabric top with additional insulation and optimised acoustic comfort; opens and closes in 20 seconds at the push of a button, even while driving at speeds of up to 50 km/h (30 mph) if required; choice of three roof colours: Black (standard), Anthracite with silver effect and Brown with silver effect (optional).
Interior with signature BMW Convertible “boat deck” look thanks to harmoniously flowing shoulderline and soft-top compartment, along with rollover bar concealed behind rear head restraints when stationary; driver-focused cockpit; high-quality materials and finish with model-specific accents: centre console with high-gloss black surfaces around radio and climate controls, chrome surrounds for air vents and exclusively designed climate control display with white readouts on a black background.
BMW 2 Series Convertible (average fuel consumption: 8.5–4.4 l/100 km [33.2–64.2 mph]; average CO2 emissions: 199–116 g/km) with supreme dynamics and maximum efficiency for its segment; four-cylinder petrol engines with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology in the BMW 228i Convertible (180 kW/245 hp) and BMW 220i Convertible (135 kW/184 hp); four-cylinder diesel from the new BMW Group engine family with TwinPower Turbo technology and 140 kW/190 hp for the BMW 220d Convertible; eight-speed Steptronic transmission as an option; BMW M235i Convertible as a new benchmark for agility, precision and emotionality in the segment; 3.0-litre six-cylinder in-line engine with M Performance TwinPower Turbo technology and 240 kW/326 hp, M?specific tuning for chassis components, aerodynamically optimised body features, individual cockpit design and eight-speed Steptronic Sport transmission as an option.
Extensive BMW EfficientDynamics technology as standard: Air Curtains as well as Auto Start Stop function in conjunction with both manual and automatic gearbox; ECO PRO mode activated via standard-fitted Driving Experience Control switch, including coasting function in conjunction with automatic transmission and including Proactive Driving Assistant if Navigation system Professional is specified.
Outstanding agility and impressive ride comfort thanks to rear-wheel drive, longitudinally mounted engines, balanced axle load distribution and sophisticated chassis technology; double-joint spring strut front axle and five-link rear axle with model-specific tuning; Electric Power Steering and high-performance brake system as standard; variable sport steering, M Sport brakes and Adaptive M suspension with electronically controlled dampers optional; all models come as standard with the DSC stability control system including DTC and electronic locking function for the rear axle differential; M Performance mechanical limited-slip differential available for BMW M235i Convertible from the Original BMW Accessories range.
Torsional rigidity of the body increased by around 20 percent compared with predecessor model; best aerodynamic properties among the competition; optimised weight thanks to intelligent lightweight design; body structure with precisely defined load paths and generous deformation zones, based on the BMW 1 Series that was awarded a five-star Euro NCAP crash test rating; extensive occupant protection through safety equipment including front and side/head airbags as well as integrated rollover protection system; pedestrian protection optimised by active bonnet and defined deformation zones at the front of the car.
High-quality standard equipment includes electrically powered and acoustically insulated roof, BMW Professional radio including iDrive operating system with Control Display in flatscreen design, automatic climate control with convertible mode; optional leather trim with SunReflective technology to reduce surface heating in direct sunshine; optional latest-generation Navigation system Professional including Touch Controller; first BMW model with the option of over-the-air navigation updates via the vehicle’s built-in SIM card.
Significantly extended range of driver assistance systems and mobility services from BMW ConnectedDrive: anti-dazzle High Beam Assistant, Adaptive Headlights, Parking Assistant, rear view camera, Driving Assistant, Speed Limit Info with No Passing Info display, cruise control system with braking function, extended integration of smartphones and music players, Real Time Traffic Information, Online Entertainment, extended functionality provided by apps for internet-based services such as Facebook and Twitter.
BMW M235i Convertible:
- Six-cylinder in-line petrol engine with M Performance TwinPower Turbo technology (twin-scroll turbochargers, High Precision Direct Injection, VALVETRONIC variable valve timing, Double-Vanos).
- Capacity: 2,979 cc, output: 240 kW/326 hp at 5,800 – 6,000 rpm, max. torque: 450 Nm / 332 lb-ft at 1,300 – 4,500 rpm.
- Acceleration [0 – 100 km/h / 62 mph]: 5.2 seconds (automatic: 5.0 seconds), top speed: 250 km/h / 155 mph.
- Average fuel consumption: 8.5 (7.9) litres per 100 kilometres / 33.2 (35.8) mpg imp, CO2 emissions: 199 g/km (184 g/km), exhaust standard: EU6.
BMW 228i Convertible:
- Four-cylinder in-line petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology (twin-scroll turbochargers, High Precision Direct Injection, VALVETRONIC variable valve timing, Double-Vanos.
- Capacity: 1,997 cc, output: 180 kW/245 hp at 5,000 – 6,500 rpm, max. torque: 350 Nm / 258 lb-ft at 1,250 – 4,800 rpm.
- Acceleration [0 – 100 km/h / 62 mph]: 6.1 seconds (automatic: 6.0 seconds), top speed: 250 km/h / 155 mph.
- Average fuel consumption: 6.8 (6.6) litres per 100 kilometres / 41.5 (42.8) mpg imp, CO2 emissions: 159 g/km (154 g/km), exhaust standard: EU6.
BMW 220i Convertible:
- Four-cylinder in-line petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology (twin-scroll turbochargers, High Precision Direct Injection, VALVETRONIC variable valve timing, Double-Vanos.
- Capacity: 1,997 cc, output: 135 kW/184 hp at 5,000 – 6,250 rpm, max. torque: 270 Nm / 199 lb-ft at 1,250 – 4,500 rpm.
- Acceleration [0 – 100 km/h / 62 mph]: 7.5 seconds (automatic: 7.6 seconds), top speed: 231 km/h / 143 mph (226 km/h / 140 mph).
- Average fuel consumption*: 6.8 – 6.5 (6.4 – 6.2) litres per 100 kilometres / 41.5 – 43.5 (44.1–45.6 ) mpg imp, CO2 emissions*: 159 – 152 g/km (149 – 144 g/km), exhaust standard: EU6.
BMW 220d Convertible:
- Four-cylinder in-line diesel engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology (turbochargers with variable inlet geometry, common rail direct injection with solenoid valve injectors, max. injection pressure: 2,000 bar).
- Capacity: 1,995 cc, output: 140 kW/190 hp at 4,000 rpm, max. torque: 400 Nm / 199 lb-ft at 1,750 – 2,500 rpm.
- Acceleration [0 – 100 km/h / 62 mph]: 7.5 seconds (automatic: 7.4 seconds), top speed: 225 km/h / 140 mph (225 km/h / 140 mph).
- Average fuel consumption*: 4.7 – 4.4 (4.4 – 4.1) litres per 100 kilometres / 60.1– 64.2 (64.2–68.9 ) mpg imp, CO2 emissions*: 124–116 g/km (116 – 108 g/km), exhaust standard: EU6.