It has been revealed that BWM is currently working on its 1-series convertible that will be introduced in 2014 as a 2-series model.
The F23 2-series, is similar to the 1-series hatch in transmission and engines. A source at BMW predicted for Car Magazine that “four engines will be unique to the 2-series family, all of them 2.0-litre four-cylinders in differing states of tune.” They are:
- 216i (2.0 petrol, 150bhp)
- 218i (2.0 petrol, 177bhp)
- 225i (2.0 petrol, 218bhp)
- 220d (2.0 turbodiesel, 214bhp)
Power will be sent to the road through either a six-speed manual or an optional eight-speed automatic with BMW’s dual-clutch transmission being available only on the 235i and upcoming M cars.
It is also speculated that the new 2014 2-series range may be offered in xDrive guise to compete against Audi’s A3 Quattro and Mercedes Benz’s A-class 4Matic.