|BMW 2 Series Convertible|
BMW has always had compact performance gems in its line-ups, and the beloved 2002, launched in 1962, draws the most appropriate spiritual comparison to the 2-Series range. But the 2-Series isn’t exactly new. Much as the BMW 3-Series has spun off its coupe and drop top into the 4-Series, the 1-Series coupe and convertible have also evolved into an even number. New to the range, which features the sporty Coupe and Active-Tourer, is the 2-Series Convertible.
The rollover bars, which remain out of sight unless deployed as required, also contribute to an overall impression dominated by large level surfaces. Lines tapering down dynamically towards the BMW kidney grille lend the front end of the 2-Series Convertible a forward-surging presence. The modified contours of the headlight units narrow at one end, while a standard accent strip – or, if the optional bi-xenon lights are fitted, an LED accent light – cuts across the top of the hallmark BMW twin circular lights.
The side view of the BMW 2-Series Convertible features a long bonnet, short overhangs and set-back passenger compartment. Standard fitted 17-inch wheels complete the BMW Convertible’s profile. The striking rear of the All-New 2-Series Coupe is emphasized by the single-piece light units reaching far into the car’s sides in the L-shape familiar from other BMW models. An unmistakable night design is provided by the L-shaped LED rear light strips within the units. The third brake light is integrated into the boot lid and likewise illuminates using LED units.
|With the roof up|
|2-Series Active Tourer|
Completing the line-up is a six-cylinder in-line 240 kW/326 hp unit in the BMW M235i Convertible. All the engines can be combined with the eight-speed Steptronic transmission, which is the only unit of its kind in the compact segment and which brings further reductions in fuel consumption compared with the standard six-speed manual unit.
Once opened, the electrically operated fabric soft-top stows away fully into the rear of the car. An Easy Entry function for the front seats facilitates access to the two rear seats. Functionality levels are raised another notch by features including large storage compartments in the doors.
|Previous generation know as the 1-Series|
The structure of the surfaces for the instrument panel, centre console and door trim is dominated by the “layering” effect created by various overlapping surfaces. The length of the doors is emphasised by the converging lines of the door trim elements.
|Room for four occupants|
The positioning of the seats well back in the body gives the driver and passengers an up-close-and-personal experience of the onrushing wind and the sun’s rays. The bespoke design of the BMW 2-Series Convertible’s centre console creates a refined premium feel on board. The controls for the audio system and climate control are set against high-gloss black surfaces, while the air vents have chrome surrounds. Boot capacity is up by 30 litres to 335 litres with the roof closed and by 20 litres to 280 litres with the soft-top open.