The BMW 2 Series Coupe will soon be joined by the highly anticipated BMW 2 Series Convertible. To be sold in the United States as the 228i and M235i, the 2 Series Convertible brings the exciting option of being able to feel the breeze while driving with the style and dynamism of the 2 Series Coupe.
To be unfurled for the world at the Paris Motor Show, the MY2015 M235i, the 228i and the 228i xDrive are set to arrive in showrooms across the US in early 2015. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Prices are set at $38,850 for the 228i, $40,650 for the 228i xDrive, and $48,650 for the M235i.
The price tag already includes $950 destination and handling costs. With the 2 Series Convertible, BMW is trying is emulate the success and sales dominance of the BMW 1 Series Convertible, which was the first open-top premium model in the sub-compact segment. The BMW 1 Series Convertible has been able to thwart various challengers and has already reached sales of over 130,000 units worldwide.
As for the new BMW 2 Series Convertible, its development team focused on building on the strengths proven to be the main factors to the success of the series -- athleticism, design quality, performance, efficiency, driving comfort, functionality and innovative equipment features. Since its introduction in 1966, the 02 series has become a buzzword in the luxury car class for sporty, agile handling – something that became more enjoyable with the top down since 1967.
In fact, specialist coachbuilder Baur also developed a pair of soft-top variants based on the BMW 02 range and produced them until 1975. Back to the present, the 2 Series Convertible displays an exterior typical of an open-top four-seater from BMW -- low-slung silhouette, stretched lines, compact proportions and contoured surfaces.
Just like the 2 Series Coupe, the 2 Series Convertible’s unique design highlights its standalone status in the BMW’s model line-up. Likewise, the convertible’s design promises to fulfill the open-top dreams of luxury car drivers.
BMW Convertible models come with a familiar exterior design that elegantly announces the arrival of the luxury brand’s open-top driving enjoyment in the compact segment.
New BMW 2-Series Convertible is defined by compact proportions, a low-slung silhouette, powerfully stretched lines and vibrant contoured surfaces. Just like the 2-Series Coupe, the 2-Series Convertible, its distinctive looks highlights its potential to deliver a dynamic open-top driving experience as well as its spectacular premium attributes. Furthermore, its stunning features should allow the BMW 2-Series Convertible to stand out from its rivals from its rivals.
Once the soft-top roof is opened, it reveals a level surface – created by the shoulder line and soft-top compartment – wrapping around the passenger compartment while the characteristic "boat deck" appearance of BMW Convertibles.
The rollover bars remains visible until deployed. Inside, the new BMW 2-Series Convertible delivers modern functionality and high-quality materials, as well as the driver focus typical of BMW vehicles. Furthermore, the 2-Series Convertible features exclusive accents in the center console that help delivers a premium cabin atmosphere.
On the other hand, the front end of the BMW 2-Series Convertible adopts the brand’s hallmark design language, with lines converging on its large, forward-slanting BMW kidney grille. This grille is flanked by twin circular headlights which contours narrow at their inner extremes, as mirrored by the outlines of the outer air intakes. The BMW kidney grille is separated from headlight units by narrow strips on either side.
The top end of these headlights are marked a LED accent strip, or a LED accent light if the optional bi-xenon lights are specified. Meanwhile, the front apron features integrated Air Curtains that could direct air behind the front side panels to reduce turbulence in the wheel arches.