The updated BMW 2 series coupe and convertible will arrive in Australia in late September – featuring a minor mid-cycle upgrade.
The current line-up extends from the entry-level 220i priced from $51,300 before on-road costs or $58,300 if you opt for the convertible version, through 230i coupe and cabriolet, to the sub-M range-topping M240i which is also available in drop-top or tin-top versions.
The main changes include a redesigned nose with bi-LED headlights, a bigger kidney grille and a revised front intake design. An all-LED taillight design provides a fresh look for the rear. Externally, the pricier MY18 2 Series coupe and convertible get LED headlights standard: in a bi-circular design for 220i and 230i variants, and hexagonal-shaped Adaptive LEDs for the M240i M Performance models.
There are four more alloy wheel designs from 16-inch to 18-inch to choose from, and three new colours have been added as options – Mediterranean Blue, Seaside Blue and Sunset Orange.
Inside the cabin you will find a new instrument panel, new fabrics and new design stitching features throughout, highlighted by Pearl Chrome trim finishers, chrome window button elements and a centre console in high-gloss black. The cabin also9 features sliding covers for the front cup holders. Over all, the cabin has a more spacious, calmer and clearer feel.
The iDrive infotainment system has an in-built SIM card and ConnectedDrive services as standard. Extended net-based services include concierge services, real-time traffic information with hazard preview and access to the BMW Connected smartphone app where users can track vehicle information and remotely lock/unlock their vehicle via their mobile device.
Depending on the variant, included are Wi-Fi hotspot and Apple CarPlay, along with the larger Navigation Professional system, which also adds a touchscreen for the 8.8 inch display.
There are new driver assistance options such as adaptive cruise control with stop/go function, lane departure warning and autonomous emergency braking (AEB) which works at speeds of up to 60 km/h and can also detect pedestrians and motorcycles.
Engines are familiar: the 220i has a 135kW/270Nm 2.0-litre turbo-petrol, the 230i gets an uprated 2.0 with 185kW/350Nm, and the M240i range gets a 3.0-litre TwinPower turbo inline-six with 250kW/500Nm, and a 0-100km/h time of 4.6 seconds.
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