BMW has updated its 2 Series range with more powerful engines, improved fuel economy and a higher price tag. The range now opens with the $51,300 220i Coupe, which costs $2400 more than the outgoing 2016 model. Though priced higher, the 220i Coupe (and the $58,300 220i Convertible) score an all-new 2.0-litre turbo four cylinder petrol engine that takes peak outputs to 135kW and 270Nm. That’s 5kW/20Nm more than 2016 models.
The Coupe’s fuel economy falls by 0.2 l/100km to rest at 5.8 l/100km with the standard eight-speed automatic equipped. A six-speed manual is available as a no-cost option. The heavier 220i Convertible records a fuel consumption average of 6.1 l/100km.
For 2017, the entry-grade BMW 220i Coupe and Convertible also gains bi-xenon headlamps, self-dimming and power folding wing mirrors, ambient interior lighting and an updated instrument panel.
The mid-spec 228i is replaced by the 230i, which gets a higher-tune version of the MY17 220i’s B48 2.0 litre engine with 185kW and 350Nm – 5kW more power than the soon-to-be superseded 228i.
In Coupe automatic form, the 230i zips to 100km/h in 5.6 seconds and drinks 5.9 l/100km on average. As a convertible, those numbers are 5.9 seconds and 6.2 l/100km respectively.
Due to high uptake in the 228i, BMW has made the previously-optional M Sport package standard equipment on the 230i. It brings a sportier bodykit, wheels and interior styling. The plusher Luxury Line spec can be had as a no-cost alternative, which subtracts the M Sport gear but adds a 12-speaker harman/kardon premium audio and front seat electric lumbar support.
An M Sport braking package, 18-inch alloys, BMW’s bigger-screened Navigation System Professional infotainment suite, keyless entry, power-adjustable front seats, ambient interior lighting and self-dimming mirrors are also standard on every 230i, while the Coupe receives cloth upholstery and the Convertible scores leather.
Sitting between the 230i and the BMW M2 performance hero is the M240i, a new badge that takes over from the current M235i Coupe and Convertible.
This model receives the most substantial mechanical update, with its new B58 3.0 litre turbocharged petrol inline six pushing power to 250kW (up 10kW against the M235i) and torque to 500Nm (up 50Nm). Like other 2-Series two door models, the M240i can be had with either an eight-speed automatic or a six-speed manual, with the eight-speeder the default.
Power is sent to the rear wheels exclusively, with a 0-100km/h sprint time of 4.6 seconds for the coupe and 4.7 seconds for the convertible. Fuel economy improves by 0.6 l/1000km in the Coupe, with the swift two-door consuming a relatively reasonable 7.1 l/100km on the combined cycle.
Other new equipment for the M240i include adaptive headlights, the addition of a 12-speaker harman/kardon audio system, keyless entry, power seats, heated front seats and self-dimming rear vision mirrors.
Notice something missing? The diesel-powered BMW 220d models have been deleted from the range, making the 2 Series Coupe and Convertible family an all-petrol affair.
The 2017 BMW 2 Series two-door models are available for ordering now, with pricing as follows:
BMW 2 Series Coupe
BMW 220i - $51,300
BMW 230i - $61,900
BMW M240i - $74,900
BMW 2 Series Convertible
BMW 220i - $58,300
BMW 230i - $71,900
BMW M240i - $83,900