The 2 Series Convertible is the third model in BMW‘s 2 Series line-up and is a direct replacement for the 1 Series Convertible. The 2 Series Convertible could be powered by one of the four available engines, including a 2.0-liter diesel for the 220d and an M Performance variant (M235i).
Aside from an average 18-percent improvement in fuel economy, the 2 Series Convertible also boasts of improvements in passenger space and access, acoustic comfort, style, dynamism and equipment. For the first time, ConnectedDrive services now include wireless updating of navigation data.
These improvements were due to the 2 Series Convertible larger dimensions (longer by 72mm, wider by 26mm, longer wheelbase by 30mm). With just a push of a button, the electrically operated folding soft top could rise or lower in just 20 seconds, even while travelling at speeds of just over 30mph.
Thanks to an added insulation in the skin of the soft-top, the noise that penetrates the cabin is reduced by 4db. Likewise, the convertible boasts of improved aerodynamics, with a Cd of just 0.31. Once folded, the soft top tucks in completely into the boot, giving the BMW 2 Series Convertible a premium ‘boat deck’ appearance.
The 2 Series Convertible also has a larger luggage capacity, increased by 30 liters to 335 liters. The four-seat cabin features folding rear bench while the front seats can be tilted forward to give rear access an 11mm wider aperture. In-cabin storage includes large door pockets, a glovebox, a central storage compartment and two cup holders.
Still featuring BMW design DNA of a long bonnet and wheelbase, short overhangs and a rear-biased cabin, the 2 Series Convertible has double kidney grille leaning slightly forward between twin-round circular headlights. On top of the lighting unit, an LED accent light can be found.
Available as options are Xenon headlights and Adaptive Headlights featuring Selective Beam technology. The 2 Series Convertible has track widths larger than those of the model it replaces – by 41mm at the front and 43mm at the rear, hinting at its wider stance.
The horizontal lines at the rear also put emphasis on the car’s wider stance. The rear lights can be seen extending into the side panels, featuring familiar BMW L-shaped LED light bars. BMW will commence sales of the 2 Series Convertible on February 28, 2015, with the starting price of £29,180 OTR (220i Sport Convertible).