Facelifted BMW 2 Series and M2 Revealed


BMW has officially revealed its facelifted 2 Series as well as the revised M2. Get the details here…

BMW’s 2 Series Coupe and Cabriolet have gone under the knife with a number exterior and interior changes implemented to further enhance the offering. The potent BMW M2 Coupe has also received minor updates. Let’s unpack the detail.

What’s changed?

The BMW 2 Series has been enhanced with minor updates and 3 new exterior colours are on offer.

The exterior changes are minimal but nonetheless include a revised front-end that incorporates larger air intakes as well as a wider twin kidney grille. LED headlights will be offered as standard equipment and the LED taillights have also revised. BMW will also offer additional wheel designs along with fresh exterior colours including Mediterranean Blue, Seaside Blue and Sunset Orange.

As for the interior, BMW has enhanced the ‘quality feel’ of the interior by fitting a new instrument panel, which in our opinion, was long overdue. The latest generation iDrive operating system is also fitted and on derivatives with the Navigation Professional system, an 8.8-inch touchscreen display will be offered. Other cool features include a wireless smartphone charger and WiFi hotspot that can accommodate up to 10 devices. The air vent and glove compartment have been revised too and new trim strips with chrome detailing lift the interior ambiance even further.

Engine Choice

Changes to the M2 Coupe are hard to spot, but the potent 6-cylinder, 3.0-litre turbocharged motor remains. 

The local engine lineup is likely to remain the same comprising of the 220i, 230i, 220d, M240i and the fantastic M2 Coupe.

The 220i makes use of a turbocharged 2.0-litre engine producing 135 kW and 270 Nm of torque while the turbocharged 2.0-litre engine in the 230i is good for 185 kW and 350 Nm of torque.

The 2.0-litre turbodiesel, on the other hand, offers 139 kW and 400 Nm of torque. The M240i has more grunt thanks to its 3.0-litre, 6-cylinder turbocharged engine with 250 kW and 500 Nm of torque.  

The Cars.co.za Consumer Awards Fun Car champion, the M2, will use the same turbocharged 3.0-litre engine with outputs of 272 kW and 465  Nm of torque (500 Nm overboost), enabling a zero to 100 kph sprint time of 4.3 seconds before reaching a limited top speed of 250 kph. BMW is working on a more potent M2 CS due in 2018, which should be a scorcher if the M2 is anything to go by.

The facelifted 2 Series will launch in Europe in July 2017 and can be expected in South Africa later in the year. We will keep you updated as more information becomes available.

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