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BMW 228i scheduled for U.S. market

2 Series | June 22nd, 2013 by 11
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Just as we anticipated, the BMW 228i will be offered to U.S. customers. Part of the new 2 Series family due to be unveiled after …

Just as we anticipated, the BMW 228i will be offered to U.S. customers. Part of the new 2 Series family due to be unveiled after the Frankfurt Auto Show in September, the 228i will arrive in the United States along with the more powerful and potent, M235i.

Car and Driver comes to confirm the news via an EPA filing that shows the BMW 228i model as waiting for certification. According to the papers, the 228i will feature rear-wheel drive, as expected, and the turbocharged 2.0-liter N20 engine. The engine produces 240 horsepower. BMW will offer a choice between a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic.

It remains to be seen if BMW will also offer a 220i model, similar to the entry-level for 3 Series (320i).

BMW 228i scheduled for U.S. market

On the other hand, the M235i will most likely use the same engine as the M135i, a 3.0 liter TwinPower turbocharged six-cylinder producing 320 horsepower and 450 Nm of torque (332 lb-ft) at 1,300 rpm. RedlineBMW 228i scheduled for U.S. market is set at 7000 rpm.

(Test Drive: BMW M135i xDrive)

The top of the line offering will be the BMW M2, coming to market in 2015 as a successor to the highly-acclaimed 1M.

(BMW 2 Series test mule crashes on Autobahn)

  • JRobUSC

    I’m hoping they change their minds but according to a BMW executive who works high in the M food chain, there won’t be an M2. His explaination: there will only be full M models when the M-Performance model under it is a diesel (like M550d and M5, and the X5 and X6 models). If the M Performance version of the car is a gas model, then there won’t be a full M car (like the new M135 overseas, there is no full M version of that generation). Personally I was very much looking forward to an M2 Gran Coupe to face off with the CLA45 AMG and RS3, but apparently that’s not in the cards.

    • JRobUSC

      and to clarify, this happened after a 20 minute discussion about the 1M Coupe and how they had such small expectations for the car they almost didn’t build it and once they realized how much they had underestimated the demand it was too late. “Now it will surely be a collectors car” he said. He was asked flat out “what about the M2? You will of course build an M2 then?” And that’s when he explained the philosophy above. No M2. No new 1M. Though he did imply the next generation of 7-Series might actually have a full M car, not just the M Performance model everyone is expecting.

    • http://www.bmwblog.com Horatiu B.

      Honestly, I keep hearing the opposite and I think an M2 makes total sense. The M235i is great but it’s not an M, so there is room for an M2 since the new 2 Series is fairly large also.

      I still think we will see one, especially for the US market where M is big.

      • JRobUSC

        I didn’t say it didn’t make sense, and I have seen plenty of publications assume there’ll be an M2 as well. However, if I have to choose between believing the magazines assuming there will be one or the guy who is in charge of “M in the America’s” saying there won’t be one, I kind of have to side with him, since he’s the one who actually knows. He said flat out he’d love to build one but they aren’t. It’s not in development now, and based on the M Performance and M gas vs. diesel philosophy, there won’t be one. So take that however you want, but based on the source I wouldn’t be holding my breath for an M2.

      • JRobUSC

        I didn’t say it didn’t make sense, and I have seen plenty of publications assume there’ll be an M2 as well. However, if I have to choose between believing the magazines assuming there will be one or the guy who is in charge of “M in the America’s” saying there won’t be one, I kind of have to side with him, since he’s the one who actually knows. He said flat out he’d love to build one but they aren’t. It’s not in development now, and based on the M Performance and M gas vs. diesel philosophy, there won’t be one. So take that however you want, but based on the source I wouldn’t be holding my breath for an M2.

      • JRobUSC

        I didn’t say it didn’t make sense, and I have seen plenty of publications assume there’ll be an M2 as well. However, if I have to choose between believing the magazines assuming there will be one or the guy who is in charge of “M in the America’s” saying there won’t be one, I kind of have to side with him, since he’s the one who actually knows. He said flat out he’d love to build one but they aren’t. It’s not in development now, and based on the M Performance and M gas vs. diesel philosophy, there won’t be one. So take that however you want, but based on the source I wouldn’t be holding my breath for an M2.

      • JRobUSC

        I didn’t say it didn’t make sense, and I have seen plenty of publications assume there’ll be an M2 as well. However, if I have to choose between believing the magazines assuming there will be one or the guy who is in charge of “M in the America’s” saying there won’t be one, I kind of have to side with him, since he’s the one who actually knows. He said flat out he’d love to build one but they aren’t. It’s not in development now, and based on the M Performance and M gas vs. diesel philosophy, there won’t be one. So take that however you want, but based on the source I wouldn’t be holding my breath for an M2.

  • Michael

    Wouldn’t hold my breath on that 220i. I haven’t even heard anyone discuss the possibility.

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  • zoros

    Will 228i be available also in Europe?

    • http://www.bmwblog.com Horatiu B.

      Yes

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