Anton Andres / BMW Press | May 11, 2017 13:38
BMW's baby coupe and cabrio get a mild refresh for 2017
After months of seeing spy shots, the folks from Bavaria have officially revealed the facelifted BMW 2 Series lineup. The reveal comes right after the M2 was 'leaked' in the BMW Belgium mobile side just a week ago.
This time around, there are more details available, outlining the changes made to the updated 2 Series. For its exterior, bi-LED headlights are now standard across the range while the shape of the signature 'angel eyes' have been given a more hexagonal look. BMW also made the kidney grill bigger and reshaped the bumper air intakes. Also new are side mirror color options, as well as tail lights with new LED graphics.
The automaker changed the nomenclature for the lineup as well. It has been re-aligned with the brand's burring naming system meaning the 228i becomes the 230i while the M235i becomes the M240i. Like before, there are four model lines available with the 2 Series Coupe and Convertible. It starts with the standard model with no trim line, Luxury Line, Sport Line and M Sport. As for the M240i, it comes with the M Sport kit as standard.
Inside, drivers are greeted by a new instrument cluster with a black panel design. There's also a major overhaul for the iDrive system as it now borrows tech from the 5 Series. It now boasts a completely new interface and is the first of the small BMWs to come with the new system. Also new are the interior trim panels which can be specified according to the trim line selected. These changes can also be seen on the updated 1 Series, which was also revealed earlier today.
New to the 2 Series line is the addition of the TwinPower Turbo inline-three engine which powers the entry-level 218i. Meanwhile, the 230i gets the more powerful turbo-four found in the 330i and 530i while the M240i is the lone six-cylinder option in the range. Power ranges from 136 PS to 340 PS for the gas models.
The diesel engine range is carried over from the pre-update models and retains the names 218d, 220d and 225d. Respective power outputs are rated at 150 PS, 190 PS and 224 PS. All models except the 225d are available with either a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic transmission. Xdrive all-wheel drive is also an option.