BMW 2 Series Coupe unveiled, to replace 1 Series

Saturday 26 October 2013, 11:09 AM by

BMW, the iconic German manufacturer, has revealed its 2 Series Coupe amid all the hype surrounding the model. The new model is expected to go on sale next year and will replace the outgoing 1 Series Coupe that is based on the incumbent 1 Series hatchback. The German manufacturer was expected to unveil it at the upcoming Detroit Motor Show but it has showcased the car much ahead of its schedule. As seen in previous launches like 4 Series, the upcoming vehicle of BMW adopts the similar naming convention of even numbers. What seems to be the concept behind this new naming strategy is that BMW is trying to create a segment in which all sporty cars are placed. Interestingly, this fact is evident from the previous launches that include 6 Series and 4 Series.

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BMW 2 Series Coupe unveiled, to replace 1 Series

In global markets, the 2 Series Coupe will be offered with three engine options. The company told that the replacement for M135i Coupe shall get a twin-scroll turbocharged 3.0-litre six-cylinder petrol engine that give away 321 bhp of peak power. With this engine, the car can speed to 100 kmph from naught in just 5 seconds, deriving power from the six-speed manual gearbox whereas the automatic variant can do this in just 4.8 seconds. The German luxury car manufacturer has given four different trims in 2 Series Coupe, namely SE, Sport, Modern and M Sport. The latter, M235i trim gets 18-inch wheels and lowered suspension. The new range of suspension system gets adaptive M suspension technology with electronically controlled dampers and M Sport suspension that has extra-stiff spring, resulting in 1 cm reduction in ride height.

The car also gets high tech options like driving assistant pack that includes lane departure and collision warning system. As far as dimensions are concerned, 2 Series Coupe is 4432 mm in length, 1774 mm in width and 1418 mm in height. The upcoming car of BMW is 72 mm longer, 24 mm wider and 7 mm lower as compared to the outgoing 1 Series coupe. Also to mention, it has got 30 mm longer wheelbase than its predecessor. At interiors, 2 Series offers ample seating for four and has 390 litres of boot capacity, which is around 20 litres more than the current generation 1 Series Coupe. The company is also claiming that its upcoming model will boasts of additional 19 mm front seat headroom and 21 mm of rear seat space as compared to its predecessor.

Interiors of 2 Series seems to be derived from the 1 Series hatchback as the dashboard, front seats and switchgear are all quite similar. However, the unique trim elements gives a new dimension to the car offering a more personalised feel to it. As far as official launch date is concerned for the Indian auto market, BMW has not disclosed any information regarding it; however industry experts are predicting that the car would make way in the country by 2014.

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