Next year BMW will unveil the new generation 1 Series Coupe, only that this time around the entry-level coupe goes through a name change: 2 Series.
The spin-off from the new 1 Series will include the coupe and convertible variants. The highest offering in the lineup will be the 235i model, a coupe powered by a six-cylinder turbocharged engine.
Built on the F20 platform, the F23 2 Series will share some design cues with the 1 Series Hatchback, but overall, the 2 Series Coupe is expected to look and feel sportier than its brother, as well as more luxurious.
Our sources say that the F23 2 Series will use more or less the same engines and transmissions as the hatchback, starting with four-cylinder petrol and diesel powerplants. Here are some of the models, and their power, that we expect to see:
- 216i (2.0 petrol, 150bhp)
- 218i (2.0 petrol, 177bhp)
- 225i (2.0 petrol, 218bhp)
- 220d (2.0 turbodiesel, 214bhp)
- 235i (3.0 petrol, 300bhp)
The engines will be mated to a six-speed manual or ZF eight-speed automatic, with the DCT option reserved for the high-end 235i model and M models.
For the first time in its short history, the 1 Series or 2 Series Coupe family may get the xDrive platform. Our sources say that a 2 Series Coupe xDrive would compete successfully against the Audi A3 Quattro and Mercedes A-Class 4Matic.
To illustrate its potential exterior design, Roger Lighterness renders the 235i Coupe.