BMW 2-Series facelift sees it get a giant combined display
The BMW 2-Series Coupe only debuted last summer (see video), but the Bavarian HQ felt it was ripe for a mid-life update that mostly concerns the cabin.
The dash panel now sports a more modern look with a two-part display combining a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster and a 14.9-inch infotainment screen. The recently introduced 3-Series facelift had an identical display.
Elsewhere, the transmission joystick has become smaller, and paddle shifters are now included in the base spec. All climate controls have been moved to the infotainment UI, meaning there is no separate HVAC control panel anymore. The iDrive system on board runs on BMW 8 OS with an extended feature set. Finally, the steering wheel is also new.
Customers can choose from two modifications now. The 218i runs on a 2.0-liter turbo rated at 156 PS (154 hp / 115 kW) and 250 Nm (183 lb-ft) of torque. This represents a downgrade from the earlier 220i spec that managed to extract 184 PS (181 hp / 135 kW) and 300 Nm (221 lb-ft) of torque from the same engine.
The other choice is the M240i with 374 PS (369 hp / 275 kW) at its disposal. You can now opt for RWD instead of the standard AWD, as long as you don’t mind the sprint time going up from 4.3 to 4.7 seconds.
The refreshed 2-Series is already on sale in Germany, where it starts from €39,400. Other than the modifications listed above, the car stays the same. It still tuns on a shortened version of the 4-Series chassis and is largely being made at the new BMW factory in Mexico.
Editor Andrew Raspopov