That would be the all-new 2014 2-Series; and BMW has all at once confirmed some key information and details about it, released plenty of pictures, and even set the basics around pricing—all for a vehicle that won’t have its formal debut until this next January’s 2014 Detroit Auto Show and won’t go on sale until sometime after that.
When it does arrive, the 2-Series will start at $33,025, for the base 228i, or $44,025, for the more performance-oriented M235i (both including the $925 destination charge).
The entry price of BMW ownership for 2014
That’s a significant bump up from the base 2013 BMW 128i price of $31,500, but well below the $41,425 entry price for the 2014 BMW 428i Coupe (the new replacement for the 3-Series Coupe). And if you’re wondering about the odd (or rather, even) badging, the 2-Series completes a new nomenclature for the brand, started a few years ago, that designates coupes and convertibles with an even number and sedans with an odd number.
Take just a brief glance at the pictures above (and we encourage you to take a longer look at the details), and you’ll note that BMW’s new 2-Series splices right into a long lineage of affordable coupes from the brand—going right back to the original BMW 2002, a vehicle that is to this day remains an icon in enthusiast circles.
One clever BMW detail, we think, is that the 2-Series employs an ’active’ hood system for pedestrian protection—so as also to preserve the classic, low-slung coupe proportions.
It’s small, but could be just right for many
The 2-Series is considerably larger than its 2-Series predecessor, too—and actually, for BMW enthusiasts, about the same size as the 1984-1994 ‘E30’ 3-Series…or, if you want another wild-card reference, about the size of the Scion tC. It’s nearly three inches longer (now 174.5 inches overall) than the 1-Series, while it’s grown 1.3 inches in width and 1.3 inches in wheelbase. Expect that to result in more legroom and more interior space in general; BMW notes that there’s nearly an inch of additional headroom in front and in back. Trunk space is up just a bit too, to 13.8 cubic feet.
Under the hood are the familiar TwinPower four- and six-cylinder engines that are already offered in most of the U.S. BMW lineup. In the 2014 BMW 228i, the 2.0-liter four makes the same 240-horsepower output as in those other models, with a peak 258 pound-feet of torque. The M235i is however definitely the performance pick of the lineup, and it upgrades to a 322-horsepower version of the TwinPower 3.0-liter in-line six.