BMW had just launched the 2018 2-Series Coupe and Cabrio Facelift and M2 Facelift, now with subtle changes both in and outside. Seems like the 2 Series is following the footsteps of its bigger brother, the newly refreshed 4 Series.
One of the most noticeable changes would be the new bi-LED headlights, that now come standard across the range. The new headlights and clusters were designed in a hexagon-like “angel eyes” shape that replaces the rounder layout of the previous models. Customers also have an option to go for an adaptive full-LED setup for an additional cost.
The pair of kidney grilles are now larger, as well as the air intakes for a more aggressive face. Though the rear end looks untouched, BMW says that the standard taillights got a nip and tuck. To complete the new look of the 2 Series, customers get to choose from three new colours including Sunset Orange, Seaside Blue, and Mediterranean Blue. Plus there are four sets of alloy wheels that they can choose from - two sets of 17-inch wheels while the other two measure 18-inches.
The Bavarian company claims that the new 2 Series comes with an “all-new interior”, though a normal person can barely see any changes. There are glossy black bits here and there. It also comes with slightly modified air vents, chrome accents, and a new glove compartment. The new 8.8-inch touchscreen display gets a black panel design, while everything else remains the same.
What’s cool about the interior is that there is now an inductive charging tray that charges your smartphones wirelessly. The 2 Series now supports Apple CarPlay and comes with a Wi-Fi hotspot for up to 10 devices.
As for the engine, the lineup features the latest generation of BMW TwinPower Turbo three-, four-, and six-cylinder inline engines, paired with either a six-speed manual or an eight-speed Steptronic automatic (depending on the engine selection). The S Series is also available with xDrive, with the all-wheel-drive setup.
Speaking of the xDrive, this system is available in both the Coupe and the Convertible. This system offers benefits like optimum power transfer and driving safety and maximum traction on wet road and winter conditions.
BMW has currently produced 140,000 units of the new 2 Series, and sales will begin in Europe as early as July. The US, UK, and Germany are currently its biggest market. The M2 CS, which is supposed to weigh less and be more powerful, is expected to arrive next year as a limited special edition model.
If you didn’t know, the 2018 BMW 2 Series not only earned the U.S. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety “Top Safety Pick+”, it also received the JD Powers Tech Experience Index Study (TXI) in the “Best Small Premium Segment”.