2015 BMW 2-Series Convertible (F23) makes world debut at 2014 Paris Motor Show [Live Photos]

Article by Christian A., on October 3, 2014

BMW’s new 2-Series Convertible (F23) had its world premiere at the 2014 Paris Motor Show and showed its sporty and elegant design lines. For those who don’t know, the 2-Series Convertible is the successor to the BMW 1-Series Convertible and follows the same recipe as its predecessor, featuring an electrically operated soft-top that can be “hidden” in just 20 seconds and while travelling at speeds of up to 50 km or 31 miles.

Moreover, the 2-Series Convertible is the first model to offer the new-generation Navigation system Professional that allows data to be updated “over the air” using the embedded SIM card. The German carmaker will offer the 2-series Convertible with one petrol engine and a diesel powerplant.

The 2015 BMW 228i Convertible uses a 2.0-liter four-cylinder in-line petrol engine that generates 245 hp (180 kW) and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft). This model accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.0 seconds, while top speed is limited at 250 km/h or 155 mph.

2015 BMW 220i Convertible uses the same engine, detuned to 184 hp (135 kW) and 270 Nm (199 lb-ft) of torque, enough to push it from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.6 seconds while offering a top speed of 231 km/h or 144 mph.

For diesel fans, the 2015 BMW 220d Convertible uses a 2.0-liter four-cylinder in-line diesel engine that generates 190 hp (140 kW) and 400 Nm (199 lb-ft) of torque. As a result, this model sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.6 seconds, while top speed is 225 km/h or 140 mph.

The exterior design of BMW Convertibles proclaims the arrival of the brand's open-top driving enjoyment in the compact segment. Openly demonstrating its sophisticated elegance and agile spottiness, the BMW 2-Series Convertible blends a low-slung silhouette, dynamically stretched lines, powerfully contoured surfaces and compact proportions.

Just like on the BMW 2-Series Coupe, the characteristic appearance of the 2-Series Convertible highlights its dynamic potential, enjoyable open-top driving experience and superb premium attributes, while underscoring its standalone status in BMW’s model line-up. Overall, these stunning elements allow the new 2-Series Convertible to stand out from the rest of field.

The elegant transition between the exterior and the interior of the new BMW 2-Series Convertible is emphasized as its soft-top is opened. The convertible’s shoulderline and soft-top compartment give rise to a level surface wrapping around the cabin while suggesting the "boat deck" looks of BMW Convertibles. Since its rollover bars don’t reveal themselves unless deployed, they help boost the impression made by large level surfaces.

The interior, meanwhile, exudes modern functionality and the hallmark driver focus, as made possible by the use of high-quality materials. The 2-Series Convertible also features exclusive accents on the center console that help deliver a refined luxurious feel.

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