CAR magazine reports BMW is hard at work on crafting the next-generation 1 Series Convertible. When it bows, the machine is expected to carry with it an all-new nomenclature, doing away with the 1 badge in favor of a new 2 Series emblem. This isn't the first time we've heard of BMW filling in its model line with both 2 and 4 Series models, nor the first hint that the 1 Series Convertible will be reborn as the 2 Series. CAR does supply a few more details however, stating that the 1 and 2 will be separated largely by a few sheetmetal tweaks. That means we can expect to see more or less the same engine options behind the headlights.

Why bother changing the naming structure at all? According to CAR, BMW is attempting to get its fleet more inline with those of Audi and Mercedes-Benz, which use a hierarchical structure to differentiate less premium models from pricier hardware. The report suggests buyers can expect to see the new 2 starting in 2014, complete with a six-speed manual transmission or an optional eight-speed automatic gearbox.


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      JohhnyDough
      • 3 Years Ago
      Just hurry up and make the new M2 already, and you better make more then just 500 like the 1M last time!
      Jameskey
      • 3 Years Ago
      "Why bother changing the naming structure at all? According to CAR, BMW is attempting to get its fleet more inline with those of Audi and Mercedes-Benz, which use a hierarchical structure to differentiate less premium models from pricier hardware." I thought it was a 2 door vs 4/5 door thing like the 3 series. At least that's what I read on this site.
        Snark
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jameskey
        From what I've heard, the 1-series is going to eventually become mostly or wholly FWD and fairly inexpensive, and the 2-series is going to be RWD and more dynamically oriented. There's some question about whether the current RWD 1-series 3- and 5-doors will become 2-series models and leave the 1-series entirely FWD or not, but it'd make a lot of sense to do so. By 2014, they'd be ready for an early facelift.
          Tuga
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Snark
          I don't think they'll rename the current 3/5 door 1er. Then again there are a couple of FWD models that are rumoured to appear before the current 1er gets replaced in 2018 ( a GT1, a smaller model ), so i guess things will still be messy anyway.
        TrueDat
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jameskey
        that's the impression i got when this was first announced last summer. however, i'm not sure that works with the 1 series, seeing that it's a coupe to begin with. on the contrary, it makes sense that coupes & convertibles will take the 2/4/6 name because the 6 series has already been offered in both layouts. BMW is taking a risk here, but i think it's a good idea. they have been halfway there with the 6-series for so long, why not go the rest of the way, ya know? should be interesting to see how the public takes it.
      David Donovan
      • 3 Years Ago
      So we're going to have the 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,X3,X5,X6,Z4,and the M cars. Could you have anymore variants!?
      tylermars.design
      • 3 Years Ago
      wait....what?
      Rob
      • 3 Years Ago
      *yawn*
      Radioactive Flea
      • 3 Years Ago
      If there is one thing I can't stand, it is the Mercedes-Benz numbering system. And I own one.
      sfast
      • 3 Years Ago
      They couldn't start selling coupes and cabrios as 2s and 4s until they started selling the 6 series with four doors.
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