BMW is developing the next 1-series convertible series, however confusingly it is not expected to be released until 2014 and will be re-badged as a 2-series.
BMW is preparing, and in some cases, launching a long list of new vehicle under a variety of naming conventions. It is therefore not so surprising that a little bit of adjustment is needed to put some logic to the product names being used. Confusing the buyer is not the best idea, so this is a smart move by BMW. As a result, the next 1-series with bear the 2-series moniker for both the coupe and the convertible models.What do we know so far about the 2012 BMW F23 2-series roadster?
The changes to the F23 2-series will not be that noticeable from the original 1-series predecessor, albeit other than with the look of the vehicle, but the engine and transmission will be largely similar.
Inside sources at BMW suggest there will be four engines within the 2-series family, all being 2.0-litre, four cylinders, but with different power:
• 216i (2.0 petrol, 150bhp)
• 218i (2.0 petrol, 177bhp)
• 225i (2.0 petrol, 218bhp)
• 220d (2.0 turbo-diesel, 214bhp)
The power will be delivered to the road using either a six-speed manual gearbox or the eight-speed automatic option. The dual-clutch transmission from BMW is a more expensive feature that is only available with the 235i and forthcoming M cars.
It is possible that a xDrive version of the 2-series coming out in 2014 could be set to go head-to-head with the Audi A3 Quattro and the Mercedes A-class 4Matic, but this has yet to be confirmed.
Reason for the name change from 1-series to 2-series
The name switchover is a change that is looking to how both Audi and Mercedes-Benz are distinguishing their class of vehicles. With Mercedes, their E-class Coup and Cabriolet command a premium over their four-door C-class brother. Audi offers the A5 Sportback in coupe and convertible versions as the more pricey, luxurious version over the A4 original.
BMW will be looking to change a premium price for their new 2-series to match Audi and Mercedes-Benz.