Before we know it, the BMW 1 Series will be no more in the United States. Well, sort of. The current six-year-old coupe and convertible will be replaced by the fancy new 2 Series you see here, spotted completely uncovered during a photo shoot, with the 1 Series nomenclature being reserved for the hatchback and GT models that might not ever make it Stateside.

The roofline of the new 2 Series doesn't appear to have to changed all that much from the current 1 Series coupe, but the front and rear fascias have indeed been smoothed out. (Truth time: As much as your author adores the 1 Series, he's always found its rear end to be, well, weird.) It looks good, seen here in M235i guise, with large wheels, slimmer headlamps and large air intakes on either side of the front fascia.

The 2 Series is expected to come to the States, likely in M235i and 228i variants, though rumors suggest that we won't get a non-M 235i model. The M235i is expected to be powered by the N55 turbocharged inline-six that we currently enjoy in the 335i sedan, producing something like 320 horsepower. The 228i, unsurprisingly, should use the 2.0-liter turbo-four from the 328i, making around 240 hp. Both engines will almost certainly employ eight-speed automatic transmissions and six-speed manuals.

Look for the new coupe to make its official debut in the coming months, with production scheduled to start in November.


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      Jonathan
      • 1 Year Ago
      To me (atleast) this is the NEW "3 series coupe" (I know it's not, but hear me out.) When they first came out in the 70s, the 3er coupe was known as a light, economical, sports coupe, and the current gen is not that. It's too big, too heavy, and it's just... too much. This car has the right size, and will probably be more "economical". I can't wait for it to come out. IT might actually be the first NEW car I buy.
        Teleny411
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jonathan
        I wonder how much it will weigh because you are right, the size of this car is so much more sporting.
        jessesrq
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jonathan
        Agreed. As much as I enjoy my F30 328i, it feels more like a mini 5-series than an evolution of the 3-series. I would trade it for a 228i in a heartbeat, or some 4 door coupe variation if it exists.
      CJC
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm sorry, you are just a BMW hater if you think this car is ugly. This is extremely well done. Bravo BMW!
      AM2
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wow! It actually looks good. Front end looks much better than the one on the new 1-series.
      SeanR
      • 1 Year Ago
      This looks waaay better than the 1series they brought over here. The 1's front and rear just looked odd to me.
      JJ
      • 1 Year Ago
      I have to say that I like it. What ever number is on it.
      timber
      • 1 Year Ago
      Where are you been BMW?!? That looks great! Now keep doing the same when all the others are changed
      wooootles
      • 1 Year Ago
      That actually looks good, looks more like a true successor of the E30s and E36s size wise. Good thing they didn't use the fugly 1-series face
      MP
      • 1 Year Ago
      I haven't been a fan of what BMW has been churning out lately, but I really like this car! Seems to be the right size compared to the 3er now. Look forward to seeing it in person.
      Matt
      • 1 Year Ago
      I was going to get something practical (VW Sportwagen TDI probably), but damn, this looks like a modern interpretation of the timeless e46 330i ZHP coupe. 228i with a stick, xenons, and M-sport pack could be a fun little car! I'm not ever going to a track, so M235i would be overkill and just get me a bunch of tickets.
        Matt
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Matt
        Also, aren't they bringing a sedan version of this soonafter? Gran Coupe or some such BS in BMW-speak?
      Smith
      • 1 Year Ago
      i like but i too roll my eyes at the new naming convention...
      ferps
      • 1 Year Ago
      If the 2 series looks this good and has the same engines as the 4 series, while also being lighter and more nimble, it seems like the better buy.
      PatrickH
      • 1 Year Ago
      They'll be lighter than the current model right? Right??? So doubtful :-(
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