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BMW lifts lid on 2 Series Convertible

Going topless: BMW’s 2 Series Convertible replaces the 1 Series soft top, and is new from the ground up.

New BMW 2 Series Convertible set to mimic coupe line-up, including M225


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10 Sep 2014

BMW has unveiled its 2 Series Convertible ahead of its Paris motor show debut, at the same time confirming a line-up topped by a 240kW flagship M235i.

The all-new two-door soft-top is expected to land in Australia in the first half next year, replacing the 1 Series Convertible that has done duty since 2008.

The replacement model is bigger in all dimensions than the 1 Series Convertible, including 72mm longer at 4432mm and 26mm wider at 1774mm.

The wheelbase has been stretched 30mm to 2690mm, while the front track has been increased by 41mm to 1521mm and rear track by 43mm to 1556mm.

Except for roof height, the latest small convertible in the BMW range has identical dimensions to its 2 Series Coupe sibling that was launched locally in February. The fabric roof means the top is 5mm lower.

Because of the bigger dimensions, the 2 Series is easier to enter and exit that the old model, while boot capacity has been increased by 30 litres to 335 litres with the top up and increased by 20 litres for 280 litres with it down.

The electrically powered roof tucks itself away in 20 seconds while the car is being driven at up to 50km/h.

The new model line-up mimics the 2 Series Coupe, and starts with a 220i and its 135kW/270Nm 2.0-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder engine.

Next is the 228i with a 180kW/350Nm 2.0-litre turbo-petrol four, while the 220d diesel option has a140kW/400Nm 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder.

Sitting above them all is the halo car of the 2 Series Convertible range – the M235i armed with its potent 240kW/450Nm 3.0-litre turbo inline six-cylinder engine. BMW claims it has a 0-100km/h time of 5.2 seconds which is 0.4 seconds slower than the hard top.

The slower acceleration is explained by the extra structural support that has added 150kg to the body.

Standard transmission across the range is six-speed automatic with an eight-speed auto offered an option.

Local specifications have yet to be announced, but buyers can expect standard features and interior packages to reflect the 2 Series Coupe.

Pricing will most certainly be higher than the coupe line-up, which starts $50,500 (excluding on-road costs) for the 220i and tops out at $80,400 for the M235i.

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