BMW’s 2-Series coupe was all-new for 2014 but there’s already some updates headed our way for the 2015 model year. After confirming it for the European market, BMW has now announced that U.S. customers will be able to opt for xDrive all-wheel drive on the 2015 2-Series. The xDrive option will be available on both the entry-level 228i as well as the sporty M235i and cost $1,800.
Adding xDrive won’t affect the cars’ power ratings, which means the 228i xDrive will still come with a 240-horsepower 2.0-liter turbo four and the M235i xDrive with a 322-horsepower 3.0-liter turbo six. However, acceleration, at least in the M235i xDrive, is a little quicker than in rear-wheel-drive models thanks to the added traction of the all-wheel-drive system. BMW says the M235i xDrive equipped with an eight-speed automatic will sprint to 62 mph from rest in just 4.6 seconds, which is 0.2 of a second quicker than the rear-wheel-drive model.
Also available on the 2-Series for the 2015 model year is a Track Handling Package. Designed for the 228i models, the Track Handling Package drops the suspension by 10 millimeters and adds upgrades such as Adaptive M Suspension, Variable Sport Steering, M Sport Brakes, Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires and 18-inch wheels. The Track Handling Package has a cost of $2,200 for models without the M Sport or Sport Line packages and $1,600 if those options are already ticked.
Prices for the 2-Series range remains unchanged for the 2015 model year, though BMW’s standard destination charge rises by $25 to $950. So, with destination included, the 2015 228i starts at $33,050 and the 2015 M235i starts at $44,050.
However, before you rush out to order a new 2-Series, note that BMW will be launching a new 2-Series Convertible in the coming year and a high-performance M2 is also due in the next year or two.