NEW 2 SERIES CONVERTIBLE: BMW's new 2 Series convertible will go on sale locally from March 15 2015. Image: BMW
Following the launch of its new 2 Series Active Tourer in South Africa (Feb 2015) BMW will expand its local 2 series line-up with the addition of a new rear-wheel drive convertible in March 2015.
The new 2 Series convertible, replacing the 1 Series drop-top, borrows heavily from its coupe sibling (launched in SA in March 2014) in terms of specification and design, though tweaks were made to accommodate its fabric roof.
Compared to its predecessor, its length has increased by 72mm to 4.4m, width by 26mm to 1.7m, wheelbase by 30mm to 2.6m and it also has a 35mm wider rear-hatch.
The new 2 Series convertible will be available in South Africa in three petrol variants - M235i (240kW/450Nm), 228i (180kW/350Nm) and 220i 135kW/270Nm. Engines can be mated to either a six-speed manual or eight-speed auto.
The new convertible is offered in four specifications - Advantage, Luxury Line, Sport Line and M Sport. Prices will be released closer to its official launch date on March 15.
Its powered fabric roof (black, silver or brown) can open - or close - in 20 seconds at up to 50km/h so you don't have to stop traffic if rain suddenly looms. Luggage capacity has increased by 20 litres to 280 with the top open and by 30 litres to 335 with the top closed.
IMAGE GALLERY: 2015 BMW 2 Series convertible
It borrows standard equipment from the coupe version, including BMW Professional radio (with iDrive operating system), control display with a flat-screen design and auto aircon with convertible mode. Optional extras include leather trim with SunReflective technology (reduces surface heating in direct sunshine) and satnav with touch controller.
Driver assistance aids include BMW ConnectedDrive which comprises anti-dazzle high-beam assistant, adaptive headlights, parking assist with reversing camera, speed limit Info (with ‘No Passing’ info display) and cruise control with auto braking.
BMW 2 Series convertible engines:
2979cc, six-cylinder in-line petrol with M Performance
Acceleration 0-100 km/h: 5.2sec (auto five)
Top speed: 250km/h
Fuel consumption: 8.5 (7.9) litres /100km
CO2 emissions: 199g/km (184g/km)
1997cc, four-cylinder in-line petrol with BMW TwinPower Turbo
Acceleration 0-100km/h: 6.1sec (auto six)
Top speed: 250km/h
Fuel consumption: 6.8 (6.6) litres/100km
CO2 emissions: 159g/km (154g/km)
1997cc, four-cylinder in-line petrol with TwinPower Turbo
Acceleration 0-100km/h: 7.5sec (auto 7.6)
Top speed: 231km/h (226km/h)
Fuel consumption: 6.8-6.5 (6.4-6.2) litres/100km
CO2 emissions: 159-152g/km (149-144 g/km)