Te first prototypes of the new BMW 2 Series are out and about going through the usual testing process. Coming to market in 2014, the BMW 2 Series will be offered, initially, in a coupe (F22) and convertible (F23) format.
Built on the F20 platform, the new 1 Series Coupe will move up in class and be sold under the 2 Series badge. The car will share some design cues with the 1 Series Hatchback, but overall, the 2 Series Coupe and Convertible are expected to look and feel sportier than its brother.
As expected, BMW will offer the convertible with the classic fabric soft top, with the hardtop remaining exclusive to the Z4 Roadster and 4 Series Convertible.
The test mule spotted below, despite its heavy camouflage, gives the impression that BMW will offer more appealing headlights, a complaint many have had when the 1 Series Hatchback hit the market. Of course, the rear lights will also be quite different than the 1 Series variants.
The 2 Series vehicles will be driven by a rear-wheel drive architecture with the possibility of the coupe to be paired with the xDrive system.
In general, the engine range should be broader than in the case of five-and three-door 1 Series, with variants like the 114i and 116i, and high-end 235i. Diesel fans will also have a wide range of powerplants to choose from.
By positioning the new coupe and convertible as 2 Series products, BMW will be able to sell them at a premium price while including some of the options featured in higher-end models.