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BMW unveils 2 Series Convertible

The model, which will replace the 1-series Convertible in BMW’s range, will be the only car in its class to offer rear-wheel drive.

Longer and wider than the old model, the 2 Series Convertible will offer improved interior space and access for passengers along with increased boot space of 335 litres – said to be the largest in its class.

The electrically powered roof can be raised and lowered in 20 seconds, and can be operated at speeds of just over 30mph. BMW also says that the model will be quieter with the top up than its predecessor thanks to additional insulation and improved aerodynamics.

The interior will include layered surfaces, driver-focused controls, clear instruments and a Sport or M Sport leather-covered multi-function steering wheel.

The drop-top model will offer four engines: a 220i petrol with 182bhp, a 228i with 242bhp, a new 220d diesel engine with 188bhp and, marking a first for a BMW Convertible, an M235i model with 322bhp. 

The 220i and 220d models will be available in a choice of Sport, Modern and Luxury versions at first, with an SE version to join the range at a later date, while the 228i is offered only in M Sport guise. 

Standard specification will include alloy wheels, climate control, keyless start, sports seats and a leather steering wheel.

BMW also promises a more rigid body and advanced new safety features for greater protection. Torsional stiffness has been raised by 20% and bending stiffness is 10% higher, despite a decrease in body weight, thanks to extensive use of high- and ultra-high-strength steels.  

The 2 Series Convertible will debut at this year’s Paris Motor Show and goes on sale at the end of February next year.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. Natalie edits all the Fleet World websites and newsletters, and loves to hear about any latest industry news.