The latest addition to the line-up is the Convertible, which adds to the extension of the new BMW 2 Series range. The BMW 2 Series Convertible is the successor to the world’s most popular open-top premium model in this vehicle class; systematic development of hallmark strengths of the BMW 1 Series Convertible in terms of driving dynamics, efficiency, agility, athletic elegance, emotion, comfort, functionality and intelligent networking; open-top driving experience of unmatched intensity thanks to typical BMW seat position and wide-opening top; rear-wheel-drive – unique in the segment – ensures outstanding dynamics; market launch from February 2015 including BMW M Performance Automobile and BMW M235i Convertible.
Independent exterior design, developed in parallel with BMW 2 Series coupé, sporting hallmark BMW Convertible features and clear visual differentiation from the compact models of the BMW 1 Series; elegantly stretched lines; flat silhouette with pronounced swage line; powerfully sculpted rear-wheel arches pointing up rear-wheel-drive configuration; targeted personalisation through model variants, Advantage, Luxury Line, Sport Line and M Sport, each with specific exterior and interior design as well as equipment features.
Newly developed, electrically powered fabric top with additional insulation and optimised acoustic comfort; opens and closes in 20 seconds at the push of a button, even while driving at speeds of up to 50 km/h if required; choice of three roof colours: Black (standard), anthracite with silver effect and brown with silver effect (optional).
The Convertible will be offered as a roaring M235i, with a six-cylinder in-line petrol engine with M Performance TwinPower Turbo technology producing 240kW/450Nm of torque. Or a 228i variant with a four-cylinder in-line petrol engine producing 180kW and 350Nm. Also available is a 220i derivative with 135kW of power and 270Nm of torque.
The diesel engine in the range comes in the form of a 220d, equipped with four-cylinder in-line diesel engine capable of producing 140kW/400Nm.
The new BMW 2 Series Convertible is scheduled to go on sale in South Africa in the first quarter of 2015. Pricing and other detailed specifications will be confirmed in due course.