Paris Motor Show LIVE: BMW 2 Series Convertible image

After the Bavarian brand took the wraps off the first-ever 2 Series Convertible, the German automaker has now moved to officially introduce the model to the public during the 2014 Paris Motor Show.

The looks of the open top are no surprise, mirroring closely the design of the coupe sibling. The version has taken its place in the BMW model lineup to replace the defunct 1 Series Convertible. The new 2 Series Convertible keeps the old-styled fabric soft top, which needs 20 seconds for either opening or closing and can be delivered in three shades: black, anthracite with silver effect and Brown with silver effect. It’s operational up to 30 mph (50 km/h) and has been insulated to provide a decrease in the interior noise of 5 dB front & 7 dB rear.

Depending on the market, the 2 Series can be equipped with a full range of engines, petrol and diesel. The base petrol is the 220i that churns out 184 PS (135 kW) & 270 Nm (199 lb-ft) from a 4-cylinder 2.0-liter. Power hungry clients can have the 228i that has the same engine but enhanced to 245 PS (180 kW) & 350 Nm (258 lb-ft), optionally mated to a xDrive all-wheel drive system. Diesel fans can use the 220d turbodiesel that has an inline-four 2.0-liter giving out 190 PS (140 kW) & 400 Nm (295 lb-ft).

Of course, the real treat would be the M235i variant, which packs a punch thanks to its inline-six 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo engine that churns out 326 PS (240 kW) and 450 Nm (322 lb-ft). That’s enough for a 62 mph sprint in 5.2 seconds (5 seconds with the eight-speed automatic gearbox).