Has BMW lost its edge with this more civilized 228i xDrive Coupe? We test one for a week to find out.
BMW has released its mile-long list of model changes for 2015. It's mostly comprised of tiny tweaks to options packages, pricing or trim colors, but there are a few interesting new features in there too. One thing all buyers will notice is that as of July 1, the company's destination charge increases by $25, to $950 for all of its models.
After getting a chance to drive the BMW M235i earlier this year, we mentioned our regret at not being able to sample the lighter and less powerful 228i Coupe. We'd like to have seen how close the latter could get to the former, noting that "there's a lot of room for upgrades with the $11,000 retail difference." BMW is closing that performance gap slightly, announcing that a Track Handling Package will join the options sheet for the 2015 228i Coupe.
Monday marked the official, live unveiling of the 2014 BMW 2 Series. Not a company to rest on its laurels, BMW has unveiled the online configurator for the replacement to the much-loved 1 Series. Potential customers can select from either the 228i or go all-out and get the M235i. We shouldn't have to explain which car we've been building all day.
We probably know a lot more about the BMW 2 Series than we're meant to seeing that its official introduction is still almost a month away; nevertheless, our advance intel dossier has just got a little fatter due to the leak of the coupe's detailed pricing guide. Inclusive of the $925 destination charge, starting prices are $33,025 for the 228i and $44,025 for the M235i (pictured). After that, there are packages you can get on both cars with identical pricing like metallic paint ($500), Dakota Le
BMW is definitely going to have its hands full at next month's Detroit Auto Show. The big news might be the debut of the M3 and M4, which were previewed in our Deep Dive, but joining those performance cars under the bright lights will be the all-new 2015 BMW 2 Series Coupe.
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