After spotted testing and disguised in heavy camo, BMW has finally revealed the new 2 Series Coupé that is slated to arrive in Mzansi in the first quarter of 2022 – Covid permitting of course.
Only three model variants will be available from launch, at least before the mighty M2 joins the range, namely; 220i Coupé, 220d Coupé and M240i xDrive Coupé.
Compared to the outgoing model, the new BMW 2 Series Coupé’s exterior length has been stretched by 105 mm, while it’s also 64 mm wider. Vertically, it’s lowered by 28 mm compared to the model of yore.
The new 2 Series Coupé boasts a completely refreshed look thanks to individual headlights in BMW 02 style, a new-look kidney grille and vertically arranged active air flaps. The rear is fitted with rearranged LED light functions
The new BMW 2 Series Coupé comes standard with 19” light alloy wheels with mixed-size tyres as part of the M Sport specification. The M240i xDrive can be had with M light-alloy wheels that measure 19” as standard but can be optionally upgraded to high-performance tyres.
The interior has been tweaked and now features new trapezoidal accent surfaces on the door panels and standard ambient lighting. Optionally, buyers can choose between Sensatec perforated and Vernasca leather. There also lurks a fully-digital 12.3” instrument cluster and a 10.25” control display with a standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, three-zone automatic climate control – at least rear occupants should be cool if not all that comfortable.
Available for the first time in a BMW 2 Series is a Head-Up Display and BMW Drive Recorder.
Other optional features include Real-Time Traffic Information with hazard alert, heated steering wheel, electrically adjustable seats with memory function on the driver’s seat, Harman Kardon surround sound system, Connected Music and BMW Digital Key. BMW offers the optional glass slide/tilt sunroof that is 20% larger than that of the outgoing model.
The BMW 220i Coupé employs a four-cylinder inline petrol engine that produces 135 kW and 300 Nm of torque. BMW claims it accelerates from a standstill to 100 km/h in 7.5 seconds before maxing out at 236 km/h.
The sole oil-burner in the line-up in the form of the 220d Coupé houses a four-cylinder diesel engine plus a 48V mild-hybrid technology with 8 kW. The unit churns out 140 kW and 400 Nm of torque that’s good for a 7-seconds sprint from standstill. The top speed is capped at 237 km/h.
The M240i xDrive Coupé spawns a 3.0-litre inline-six petrol engine that spurts out 285 kW of power and 500 Nm of torque. The engine is paired with an intelligent all-wheel-drive system enabling it to catapult from 0-100 km/h in 4.3 seconds before hitting the limiter at 250 km/h.
The entire range is paired with an 8-speed Steptronic Sport transmission that sends power to the rear axle for the 220i and 220d models.
The new BMW 2 Series Coupé will be manufactured at the BMW Group’s San Luis Potosi plant in Mexico and its official world premiere will be at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in July 2021.