[Video] BMW 2 Series Convertible unveiled ahead of Paris Motor Show [extensive gallery inside] image

For the first time ever the German automaker has decided to introduce an open-top version of its 2 Series line, with the official public debut scheduled for the Paris Motor Show in October.

The design is nothing to wonder – the 2 Series Convertible follows closely in the footsteps of its Coupe sibling, also replacing the older 1 Series Convertible. Of course, what’s different for the open-top is the multi-layered fabric soft top that can be opened/closed in 20 seconds and is available in three distinct nuances: black, anthracite with silver effect and Brown with silver effect. The additional insulation allows for a quieter interior (5 dB front & 7 dB rear) and the retractable roof can be operated up to 30 mph (50 km/h).

Mirroring the exact powertrain setup from the 2 Series Coupe, the Convertible is also available in the very hot M235i version. In that case, you will get an inline-six 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo engine under the hood, boasting 326 hp (240 kW) and 450 Nm (322 lb-ft) – enough for a 62 mph (100 km/h) jump in 5.2 seconds (just five with the eight-speed auto).

Of course, there are also other options available, dependant on the region. UK drivers will get the 220i sporting an inline four with 184 hp and 270 Nm – good for a 144 mph (231 km/h) top speed and a 0-62 mph (100 km/h) time of 7.5 seconds (140 mph and 7.6 seconds with the automatic transmission). The other gasoline option is the 228i M Sport that has 245 hp and 350 Nm under the hood, allowing a 0-62 mph time of 6.1 seconds (6 with auto) and an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h).

So far, the only diesel choice is the well-known 220d that now churns 190 hp and 400 Nm – and if you don’t mind the diesel sound of the inline four you’ll get to 62 mph in 7.5 (7.4 with auto) seconds, on your way to the top speed of 140 mph (225 km/h).