BMW 2 Series Coupe
Generations Timeline, Specs and Pictures
BMW unveiled the 2022 2 Series Coupe at the 2021 Goodwood Festival of Speed and, even though the hatchback sibling was front-wheel-drive, the two-door version kept the traditional rear-wheel-drive system.
When the German carmaker decided to change the names for its cars, it kept the even numbers for the coupes and the odd ones for the regular four or five doors versions. That’s why the 1 Series Coupe became a 2 Series, and it was a relief for BMW fans when the compact vehicle appeared with an RWD or an AWD system.
The car’s exterior showed a different front fascia than its bigger brother, the 4 Series. It didn’t sport the tall and narrow “kidney-grille” but a flat and broad one. Its slim, LED headlights with an underlining daytime running light showed an aggressive look, and the wide grille on the lower side of the bumper complemented it. The enlarged front and rear fenders made room for wider tires of up to 255/35 R 19 on the rear and 225/40 R19 at the front, depending on the options.
Inside, BMW packed all the 2021 technology, including the Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity. An 8.8” touch-screen infotainment display was offered as standard, while a 10.25” was on the options list. A 12.3” digital panel found its place in the instrument cluster and could show the usual information about the car and the navigation map or the music played on the sound system. Like its predecessor, the 2 Series Coupe featured two bucket seats at the front and a bench for two in the rear, with limited legroom and headroom but still suitable enough for short trips. The trunk offered up to 390 liters (13.8 cu-ft) of space.
Under the hood, BMW installed a choice of gasoline and turbo-diesel engines. It provided two inline-four engines: one gasoline and a turbo-diesel, plus a turbocharged inline-six.
The BMW 2 Series coupe received a refresh in 2017, raising the bar in the premium compact class in terms of dynamic driving and design appeal.
The model features sharper front-end style, LED headlights as standard, as well as further interior upgrades. A larger kidney grille gives the front end of the new models a wider look and allows it to project a sportier impression. The outer air intakes in the three-section front end are now larger and emphasise the cars’ powerful stance on the road. The rear end likewise cuts a muscular figure, the single-piece rear lights (LEDs as standard) with hallmark BMW L-shape extending well into the flanks. The interior of the new BMW 2 Series models features an all-new design for the instrument panel, which emphasises the focus on the driver even more clearly and significantly enhances the cockpit’s quality feel once again. The interior now has a more spacious, calmer and clearer feel. The elegant design is accentuated by a host of details, such as contrast stitching and high-gloss black surfacing for the center stack and the chrome elements for the control panels in the doors.
At first, based on the Series 1 hatchback, BMW offered the sportier BMW 1 Series Coupe.
The BMW 2 Series replaced the 1 Series, but the German carmaker didn’t just change its name.
Only available in a coupe body style, the 2013 2 Series featured lots of styling and mechanical changes, as well as more interior room and cargo space.
With its sharper headlights and the redesigned taillights, the 2 Series was an attractive coupe with a saloon style trunk.
Inside, the coupe offered a high quality interior with a premium design, as well as lots of standard equipment. Most materials used throughout the cabin were soft to touch and the sporty-elegant design gave a pleasant feeling.
The cabin was fitted with multiple storage spaces, including cupholders, central storage and well-designed door bins. In the rear cabin, the passenger space was better than in other coupes in the class and they benefited of a central armrest, as well as cupholders.
Pretty well equipped in the standard package, the 2 Series offered automatic climate control, USB connectivity, Bluetooth connectivity, a multi-function steering wheel and rain-sensing wipers. Other optional features included leather upholstery, parking sensors, large alloy wheels and others.
With different driving modes and a great suspension, the coupe felt sporty and glued to the road, driving it becoming real fun.
For those customers looking for the thrill, the powerful M235i was the best choice, reaching 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds, mated with a 8-speed automatic transmission. All engines available could be mated with a 6-speed manual transmission at no cost, but the automatic gearbox was standard.