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BMW 2-series cabriolet (2014) revealed

By Georg Kacher and Pembroke Tenneson (artist's impression by Christian Schulte)

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10 May 2012 09:41

BMW is working on the next 1-series convertible - but it will arrive in 2014 badged as a 2-series.

Given the number and variety of separate models coming from BMW, it comes as no surprise that some name-shuffling is necessary. Like Mercedes, Munich is having to rejig its range to accommodate the flurry of new metal, so the next 1-series coupe and convertible will share the 2-series nameplate.

So what do we know about the new 2014 BMW 2-series roadster?

The F23 2-series will be little different from the latest 1-series hatch, aside from sheet metal changes, so expect more or less the same engines and transmissions.

Our sources at BMW predict four engines will be unique to the 2-series family, all of them 2.0-litre four-cylinders in differing states of tune:

• 216i (2.0 petrol, 150bhp)
• 218i (2.0 petrol, 177bhp)
• 225i (2.0 petrol, 218bhp)
• 220d (2.0 turbodiesel, 214bhp)

Power will be sent to the road through either a six-speed manual or an optional eight-speed automatic; BMW's pricey dual-clutch transmission will only be available on the 235i and the forthcoming M cars.

Theoretically, the new 2014 2-series range may be offered in xDrive guise to battle the Audi A3 Quattro and the Mercedes A-class 4Matic, but so far no final decisions have been made.

Why they're changing from 1-series to 2-series

The new name is a move that shadows the structure of the Audi and Mercedes-Benz model ranges. The A5 Sportback, coupe and convertible are all more prestigious and expensive than the more mainstream A4 models, and the E-class Coupe and Cabriolet fetch E-class money in spite of their well-concealed C-class genes.

BMW expects the next generation of 2- and 4-series to command price premiums compared to their less glamorous four-door siblings.

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