With the ongoing trend of automakers paying more attention to the compact car, BMW has turned their attention to revamping what they have to offer. Since 2004, the BMW 1 series has reigned supreme in the premium compact class and is now superseded with the introduction of the all-new 2 series. The new name and inspiration for the project stems from the BMW 02 in the 1960’s. At first glance the 220i and 228i appear to be quite similar to their 1 series counterparts, apart from slight exterior styling changes. This notion is quickly abandoned when you take a closer look at the finer details.
The 220i specs (compared to its 120i predecessor)
- 1,997 cc Inline 4 cylinder engine with Twin Scroll Turbo
- 135 kW/184 hp. (10 kW/14 hp increase)
- 4,432 mm in length (72 mm longer)
- 1,774 mm in width (26 mm wider)
- 2,690 mm wheelbase (30 mm longer)
- 1,418 mm in height (5 mm lower)
- 390 litres of interior space (20 litres more)
BMW has always strived to improve the drivability of their vehicles and it shows in the recent tweaking of their compact coupe. These slight changes are not enough to drastically change the feel of the car but just enough to refine the driving experience and stay true to the classic BMW approach.
The real performance side of this new series will be showcased in the M235i. This addition to the M series line-up is already being titled the most powerful gas-driven member of the M series roster. It boasts an inline 6 cylinder engine that produces an impressive 240 kW/326 hp, which is more than enough for anyone considering its curb weight is only 1,545 kg.
Sleek and mature lines
The exterior design of the 2 series does not stray far from its famous forerunner. It still sports a long bonnet and low stance that is so akin to the new BMW look. The minor changes to the clean lines of this class make for a more mature and streamlined appearance. Its most defining line runs just under the window sill before wrapping around to form a slender lip that creates the facade of a spoiler without the rear-view obstruction, as a result of having one. The new headlight design displays the stern look of confidence on either side of the classic BMW grill. All of these design aspects show obvious traits of a throwback to the 1968 BMW 2002, from which this new model found its muse.