As BMW continues to expand its model lineup and makes the shift to a new nameplate convention that will find two-door cars (4-Series, 6-Series) given even-numbered designations and four-door models (3-Series, 5-Series) denoted by odd numbers, the 1-Series Coupe and Convertible will be replaced in 2014 with an all-new model, the BMW 2-Series.
As the spiritual successor to the current 1-Series Coupe and Convertible, the 2-Series will retain its rear-wheel drive platform, compact dimensions, light weight and powerful four- and six-cylinder engines. Meanwhile, the 1-Series five-door hatch and upcoming four-door sedan are expected to eventually migrate to a new front-wheel drive platform shared with the next-gen MINI Cooper.
2014 BMW 2-Series: Power, Performance and Prestige
Even though BMW has given little in the way of officially sanctioned details on the new 2, we already know quite a bit about what will be found underhood. The base car, in both two-door coupe and soft-top convertible, will be known as the 228i and will feature BMW's 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with approximately 240 horsepower. Taking a step up in price and performance, the upscale M235i will come packing a retuned version of the current 1-Series's 3.0-liter TwinPower turbo inline six-cylinder, making in excess of 300 horsepower. There will be no non-M-Sport 235i model.
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As for transmissions, a six-speed manual will come standard across the board, while an eight-speed torque-converter automatic will be optional. Diesel power may be in the cards, especially if the upcoming 3-Series diesel does well with buyers, and all-wheel drive is possible but unlikely.
Even more exciting for BMW aficionados, there will be a true M variant, and it will be known as the M2. Coming hot on the heels of the instant-classic 1-Series M Coupe, which was offered for sale for just a single model year (2011), the M2 will pack a more-powerful 3.0-liter inline-six with more than 360 horsepower, plus a wider track, a more-dynamic exterior design featuring giant rear wheel arches, and the requisite M car quad exhaust outlets.
2014 BMW 2-Series: Pricing and Availability
The BMW 2-Series will be released in the U.S. in the first couple months of 2014 as a 2014 model in hardtop form, with the convertible expected by Summer 2014. The M2 will trail behind a bit as a 2015 model, set to hit dealerships in late 2014 or early 2015.
Pricing for the 228i will start from just over $30,000 with the M235i expected to ring in at around $40k. As for the M2, it could get quite expensive. The 2011 1-Series M Coupe sold from around $47,000 before options, though many buyers paid significantly more at dealerships or at auction, as BMW intentionally produced far fewer than the brand could have probably sold.