You’ll have plenty of options if the new 2022 BMW 2 Series catches your eye, with four different variants on tap, including the track-ready M240i xDrive Coupe.
The 2-Series grows bigger and more powerful with the debut of the second-generation models. But BMW also appears intent on avoiding controversy with the 2022 coupe line, sticking with the traditional version of its double-kidney grille, rather than the massive new grille design introduced on the latest 4-Series model.
What may really appeal to buyers is the increase in power. The 230i and 230i xDrive models will punch out 255 horsepower, the M240i and M240i xDrive taking that up to 382 hp.
Longer, lower, wider
The tape measure suggests the subcompact 2-Series has jumped almost a class above with the launch of the 2022 line-up. The 230i adds 4.3 inches in length, 2.6 inches in width, and another 2.0 inches in wheelbase – though it is 0.1 inches lower than the outgoing model. The dimensions are identical for the M240i xDrive but for it stretching just 3.5 inches longer.
A closer inspection also reveals the grille has grown ever so slightly larger, but nothing like the controversial, vertically oriented layout on the latest 4-Series. It might appear even larger, however, due to the new, more slit-like headlights on the 2022 2-Series. Those air inlets, incidentally, feature powered slats that can open up through 10 stages, bringing in just the right amount of cooling air while minimizing aerodynamic drag.
With its long hood, the overall look of the new 2-Series is classic BMW, down to the distinctive “Hofmeister kink” of the rear windows. The fenders flare out, especially with the M pair, to add a sense of muscularity.
Two engine options
Under the hood the new Coupe is a choice of a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, making 255 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, or a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six that produces 382 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. BMW says the 230i will hit 60 in 5.5 seconds, the M240i in 4.1 seconds.
In a curious move, the rear-wheel-drive version of the base line will debut first, while the M package will launch with BMW’s xDrive system sending power to all four wheels. Dealers might have to explain things to potential buyers because the current version of the four-door 2-Series Gran Coupe is based on a front-drive platform.
All four variants will feature an 8-speed Sport Steptronic automatic gearbox but there have been reports suggesting the M models may eventually get a manual option, as well.
BMW designers also stuck with a more conventional look for the interior of the new 2-Series Coupe. There’s the familiar iDrive knob on the center console, for one thing. The touchscreen has been moved slightly higher. But,unlike so many competitors, the Bavarian offering retains classic controls for the climate control system. Buyers will have the choice of conventional, analog gauges or a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. By stretching both the length and wheelbase of the 2022 coupe, meanwhile, the interior gains as much as 3 cubic feet of space.
A new “lift-related shock absorber” system is designed to enhance vehicle stability, especially “when driving over large bumps,” according to BMW. It can also keep the vehicle level, even when carrying a heavy cargo load.
The M240i models get an adaptive suspension – optional on the 230i pair – that quickly adjusts between comfort and sport settings using electronically controlled shocks.
Lots of options
There’s also an M Sport Package Pro which adds M Sport brakes, 19-inch light alloy wheels, darkened headlights, and blackened exhaust tips, kidney grille and rear spoiler.
Look for the 230i and 240i xDrive to reach showrooms first in November, the 230i xDrive and M240i Coupe will follow soon after. Prices will start at $36,530 and push to $48,550. Add $995 in delivery fees – and, of course, the typical list of options.