The 2-Series will be a late 2014 model year arrival and its pricing will start at $33,025, including a $925 destination charge, which is almost the same as you’d pay for an entry-level 3-Series. Only two models will be available at launch: a base 228i and sporty M235i. The latter marks the arrival of BMW’s M Performance line of cars here in the U.S. and will set you back at least $44,025, once again including a $925 destination charge.
The 228i is powered by BMW’s familiar turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, which in the 2-Series maintains its 240-horsepower and 258-pound-feet of torque rating. The M235i is powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter straight-six, whose output registers at 322 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque.
A six-speed manual is standard while an eight-speed automatic is offered as an option.
Note, the 2-Series family is set to grow in the very near future. Look for a 2-Series Convertible to join the lineup later in 2014 and further down the track we may even see the introduction of a new range of front-wheel-drive BMWs here in the U.S. The automaker is yet to formally announce the vehicles, but an undisguised version was recently spotted wearing a 225i badge. A U.S. launch is expected, although we’re unlikely to see the cars in local showrooms until sometime in 2015.