An Inside Look at the 2014 2 Series Coupe & Cabrio

Oct 8 • //1M, //M2, F22/F23 2 Series5 Comments

Last week we brought you some of the latest rumors on the upcoming 2 Series Coupe and Convertible via our favorite public insider, Herr27/Scott26. Today the man is back (via GCF) with even more on the 2 Series. Specifically what we should expect in exterior design and technology. We also get a hint of what ‘s to come in the form of a real follow-up to the revered 1M. It ‘s spelled “M2 ” and our source doesn ‘t expect it to nearly hard to get this time around.

With the forthcoming seperation of the BMW Compact segment family to accomodate each equal family such as the UKL/Next generation 1er , the current 1er and the all new 2er family – All distant in looks and purpose.

Still maintaining the ability of a RWD drivetrain and the benefits of an entry sports coupe. The renaming of the current 1er Coupe and Cabrio allows BMW to expand on the model line by resorting back to the traditions of classic entry BMW ‘s – Compact , focused and no limits when it comes to involving driver communication and dynamic handling. For the idea of this expanding family we have to go back to the 2002 and the E30 3er. Cars that helped define the segment.

To make you understand how the BMW 2er appearance differs from the BMW 1er I have done this quick rendering in Paint for quickness over an existing 1er coupe.

As you can see the arrow-like headlights remain but they are more edgier and sportier at the bonnet line and wrap around the wing like a 6er. The arrow shape of the light unit is highly prominent but connects diagonally into a wider three-dimensional kidney grille as per modern BMW design.

The lower intakes reflect the opposite direction of the headlights by being more angular. The sculpture lines on the bumper highly prominent the front of the car and help protrude the front of the car for class-leading front impact and pedestrian safety.

The “eye-bags ” under the headlights connect with the lower intakes and flow downwards similar to the 6er forming the air curtains at the side of the intakes.

And depending what model-line there will be the option of decorative trim surrounding circular fog lights.

The overall appearance shows a kin-ship with the F20 1er but interprets its DNA in a more sportier format which brings the car into line with the other BMW Coupe ‘s such as the 6er and forthcoming 4er Coupe.

It can be said that there is a similar comparison to the larger 6er Coupe especially in its profile which some say resemble a shrunken 6er but to entry coupe proportions. Continuing with the big car feel some 2er ‘s seen at the studios of Munich include LED headlights and larger 19 “wheels.

Engine options will be varied from petrol and diesel four and six cylinder right up to the storming M235i adding the focused chassis of the M135i with 2er Specific changes to the chassis and suspension before climaxing in a lighter M2 variant. A car that will aim to repeat the same successful formula as the 1er M Coupe by being the “entry ” ladder to the M Division but with a reduction in weight and not as limited this time around.

The cabrio variant retains a folding soft-top for significant weight reduction and clean lines with a completely flat rear deck enhancing the sportier appearance with superior levels of beauty.

The sportier look to the 2er shows why BMW are expanding the 2er line to include a Gran Coupe four door model in order to enter a growing competitive segment by combining a sport sedan with greater individuality and class-leading dynamics.

The new BMW 2er Coupe and Cabrio will be introduced in 2013.

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  • les

    A coupe, a cabrio, and a Grand Coupe. I’m glad to hear that BMW is at least considering a smaller 4 door sedan (call it what you want). Any idea when in 2013 we might get our first glimpse at the new line?

  • mini vanilli

    Gabe, I have a question…as I have a 2012 128i that I absolutely love driving but when lease ends I deciding if I should buy it out or go for a next gen car. What is happening to the current 1er then? I thought it was becoming a 2 series for 2014 model but the 2 looks like a completely different car now! Its not bad looking but I love the look of the current 1er and was hoping it was going to be more of an evolution in design than a redesign. And what will the new 1 series look like then? also a totally different design? I thought there was a redesign of the 1 last year in europe (F20), are we not getting that design now and instead getting this radical new design? Im confused with all these BMW models…what Im seeing now, the current 1er will be totally gone in 2013 and nothing looks wise will replace it…Thanks!

    • BimmerFile_Michael

      The F20 is the 5 door hatch of the new generation 1er. The 2er will be the coupe version. The coupe will feature much of the same components as the hatch on the interior and under pinnings- with some differences in design cues and material selection as the 2 will be more upmarket. On the exterior there will be a more aggressive look but will be in sync with the hatch in terms of overall styling- it will look more like the hatch than say the 3 but it is supposed to be sportier and target a different demo than the hatch.

      The current coupe is very dated and is really the oldest car in the lineup. It will be a complete redesign as it is an upgrade to “F” code and shares no architecture with the previous generation. It is built better, lighter and more upscale. The suspension is almost much better and the tendency to understeer has gone away for the most part. The fit/finish are much improved as is the rear seat passenger space and seating.

      We have an F20 on order for my wife (120d) and I am very close to ordering an M135i for myself. Having driven every 1 series model, past and present I can firmly say that the new car is much better and outside the 1M there is no reason to want the past generation over the new one. The US does not see the hatch and with the new mentality at BMW to separate the coupe/sedan/hatch look more and more that is the reason for what seems to be a radical redesign.

      The 4 series will bow first followed by the 2 series and surprisingly we have not seen a 2 series testing yet via spy shots…. but that does not mean it is not out there at night and BMW can do much of its testing in the climate lab as well. Expect to see it spied sooner than later though :)

      • mini vanilli

        thanks for the great reply!

    • BimmerFile_Michael

      The F20 is the 5 door hatch of the new generation 1er. The 2er will be the coupe version. The coupe will feature much of the same components as the hatch on the interior and under pinnings- with some differences in design cues and material selection as the 2 will be more upmarket. On the exterior there will be a more aggressive look but will be in sync with the hatch in terms of overall styling- it will look more like the hatch than say the 3 but it is supposed to be sportier and target a different demo than the hatch. The current coupe is very dated and is really the oldest car in the lineup. It will be a complete redesign as it is an upgrade to “F” code and shares no architecture with the previous generation. It is built better, lighter and more upscale. The suspension is almost much better and the tendency to understeer has gone away for the most part. The fit/finish are much improved as is the rear seat passenger space and seating. We have an F20 on order for my wife (120d) and I am very close to ordering an M135i for myself. Having driven every 1 series model, past and present I can firmly say that the new car is much better and outside the 1M there is no reason to want the past generation over the new one. The US does not see the hatch and with the new mentality at BMW to separate the coupe/sedan/hatch look more and more that is the reason for what seems to be a radical redesign. The 4 series will bow first followed by the 2 series and surprisingly we have not seen a 2 series testing yet via spy shots…. but that does not mean it is not out there at night and BMW can do much of its testing in the climate lab as well. Expect to see it spied sooner than later though :)

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