Three-cylinder BMW 218i Coupe and 218i Convertible coming in March 2015

2 Series | January 14th, 2015 by 6
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In March 2015, the BMW 2 Series Coupe and the BMW 2 Series Convertible receive a new base engine with three cylinders: the new BMW …

In March 2015, the BMW 2 Series Coupe and the BMW 2 Series Convertible receive a new base engine with three cylinders: the new BMW 218i is powered by the three-cylinder BMW B38 – 136 hp – familiar from the MINI Cooper. The new models are available only to European customers.

The new base BMW 218i Coupe with the 1.5 liter gasoline engine now weighs 1415 kg (including 75 kg for driver and luggage) and sprints to 100 km/h in 8.8 – 8.9 seconds, depending on the transmission of choice.

The heavier 218i Convertible takes 9.4 to 9.6 seconds for the same exercise.

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The most important effect of the three-cylinder offering is a reduced consumption: in the EU cycle, the new BMW 218i Coupe has a fuel consumption of 5.1 to 5.6 liters per 100 kilometers and 5.1 to 5.5 liters with the optional eight-speed automatic. The 218i Convertible is expected to be slightly thirstier with 5.3 to 6.0 liters.

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The BMW three-cylinder B38 will also debut this Spring in the new 1 Series Facelift.

The new three-cylinder variants of F22 2 Series Coupe  and F23 2 Series Convertible will begin production in March 2015. The 2 Series family retains the four and six-cylinder powerplants and the 220d Coupe can be ordered with the xDrive system.

As of March 2015 also comes the latest generation of the navigation system, which also controls the automatic map updates via the built-in car SIM card.

6 responses to “Three-cylinder BMW 218i Coupe and 218i Convertible coming in March 2015”

  1. Sunny says:

    Is this for Europe only or will it be available in North America as well?

  2. mckillio says:

    Even for Europe, 136hp seems really low for this car especially when looking at the speed of the convertible. Especially when you put this into context in regards to the difference between this and the 4 cylinder and the 4 cylinder to the 6. There is a 60hp and 1 litre difference between the 4 and the 6 but a 104hp and .5 litre difference between the 3 and the 4, that doesn’t add up.

    • Sean says:

      136 PS is OK, but I wish BMW tuned the engine for more power (like 150-160 PS). BMW installs the same engine in the BMW i8, where the engine makes a much more generous 231 PS.

      136 PS make the BMW 218i Convertible (0-100 km/h: 9.5 s) seem fast compared to:
      Peugeot 308 CC 1.6 VTi 120: 120 PS, 0-100 km/h: 12.9 s
      Renault Megane Cross Cabriolet TCe 130: 130 PS, 0-100 km/h: 11.0 s

  3. RuelSpot says:

    This bodes well for BMW AG and their new model, the F22 BMW 2 Series luxury compact small sports cars. http://www.ruelspot.com/bmw/bmw-2-series-in-depth-review-and-test-drive/

  4. Rob says:

    I cannot get any information from BMW UK who seem to be completely in the dark about changes. I’m reluctant to place an order for what could be an obsolete model in just days. Very unsatisfactory

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