The facelifted BMW 2 Series Convertible makes its debut just in time for the summer season. The compact open-top of the 2 Series range has been updated along with its coupe counterpart, but the changes are subtle and mostly related to the lighting package. For the outside, the 2 Series gets new Bi-LED headlights as standard equipment, with full LED units as an option. The new, full LED headlights offer a new hexagonal interpretation of BMW’s signature twin-circle design. It also gets new, larger Kidney Grilles, which give it a wider and more aggressive look. The outer air intakes on the three-section front end are also now larger, adding to the aforementioned sportiness. Out back, the 2 Series gets single-piece full LED taillights with BMW’s classic “L” shape. Other exterior updates include a new suite of wheel options, ranging from 17″ to 18″.
The 2 Series Convertible gets an updated dashboard with the biggest visual difference is being the main dash trim starting from the center air vent stack and moves outward, rather than starting from the outer air vent and moving inward. While subtle it does look better, more premium and less cheap. There’s also a new instrument cluster that looks more premium and features more driver-friendly information displays.
It also gets BMW’s new iDrive infotainment system, featuring the new tile-based design and touchscreen capability, if the premium nav system is optioned. Now, the best infotainment system in the business isn’t limited to the 5 Series and 7 Series. BMW ConnectedDrive provides real-time traffic information, online music streaming and a WiFi hotspot for up to 10 devices. The central display is now touch sensitive and is also offered with wireless Apple CarPlay.
Compared to the coupe the rear seats of the 2 Series Convertible are a little narrower due to strengthening pillars protruding inwards, but potential customers shouldn’t have to think twice about sitting kids in the back, or even adults on shorter journeys.
The 220d Convertible is powered by a 2.0 liter four-cylinder diesel, making 187 horsepower and 400 Nm of torque (295 lb-ft), helping propel the 2 Series from 0-62mph in 7.4 seconds. And despite its extra power, the 220d is even more economical than the entry-level 218d, claiming 64.2mpg when linked to the auto box. Emitting only 117g/km of CO2, it is also extremely friendly to the environment.