BMW’s redesigned entry level coupe appeared this month. The modest grille design is surprising, as BMW has forged ahead with the new ‘butterfly’ style for many of the middle- and upper-tier models in its lineup.
The exterior of the 2022 2-Series also strikes a few familiar chords, keeping the sporty, dexterous-looking personality of the entry-level model alive. Among the flourishes is a fastback roofline ending with a trunk spoiler, narrowed headlamps, and door sills that jut out dramatically at a nearly 90-degree angle to give the profile some overt angular drama. The 2-Series will also be wider and longer, as a rule.
The expected power boost is also present and accounted for; the 230i’s 2.0L inline four can pump out 37 additional pound-feet of torque—295 lb-ft in all for the upcoming model year, with horsepower coming in at 255. The M204i’s 3.0L inline-six turbo brings 382 horsepower to the table, and 369 pound-feet of torque; again, the torque rating gets the more significant bump.
For the 2-Series coupe, the stick shift is gone for 2022. Incoming for the M240i: adaptive suspension, and an electronically-controlled limited-slip differential. All variants receive a bevy of creature comforts as standard equipment, including a 10-speaker sound system, three-zone climate control, and power seats; driver-assist and safety tech includes lane-keep assist and automatic emergency braking.
Pricing for the 2022 2-Series coupe hasn’t yet been revealed by BMW. The automaker did inform buyers that the cars will reach dealerships in the fourth quarter of this year.