BMW 2-Series to be unveiled Friday – official image

BMW, the world’s largest premium carmaker will unveil the 2-Series Coupe model on Friday, Mr. Lichte, BMW’s Group Corporate and Governmental Affairs spokesperson told Inautonews.com.

“The official unveiling of the car is on Friday of this week” Lichte said.

Like the bigger 4 Series that replaced the 3-Series Coupe/Cabrio, the 2 Series model will replace the actual 1 Series Coupe – therefore all BMW sedans will get odd numbers, while the coupes/ convertibles line will get even numbers.

For the moment details of the upcoming 2-Series are scarce, but we do know that the 2 Series will retain the rear-wheel drive architecture, and most probably will have a similar range of powertrains like the 1 Series.

At the beginning, the top of the line model will be the M235i that will be powered by a 3.0-litre turbocharged straight-six engine – the same engine found on the actual M135i, but in the new configuration will develop about 322bhp. It will hit 60 mph in about 4.8 seconds and a top speed of 155mph.

Autoexpress reports the entry-level 220i model will start at about 26,000 euro, while the top of the line M235i will be available for about 36,000 euro. A 350bhp M2 will follow shortly; it will cost about 53,000 euro.

The replacement for the 1-Series Coupe is expected to hit showrooms somewhere in March 2014, so (most probably) it will debut during the 2014 Detroit Motor Show in January.
For more details about the new BMW 2 Series and a large photo gallery, visit us again on Friday.