[*]|ttvvxhjp|[*]In advance of its January in Detroit, BMW is showing off its 1 Series replacement, the (wait for it!) 2 Series. US pricing has been set at $32,100 for the 228i and $43,100 for the M235i, which is just about the same as current 1 Series pricing.
Typical of a BMW Coupe, they'll feature a low-slung, three-box design with defined trunk, long hood, and frameless windows on the two doors, as well as rear-wheel drive driving the whole kit and caboodle. The 228i gets a TwinPower Turbo 2.0-lire four with 240 hp, which is making its debut in a sub-compact BMW, and the M235i gets a 322-hp inline six, the most powerful gas-powered member of the M Performance lineup.
Both will have an eight-speed sport automatic transmission as standard, with steering wheel paddles and launch control function. he brand's Driving Experience Control switch is all it takes a driver to select the car's set-up for Comfort, Sport, Spot or Eco Pro settings; it modifies the car's accelerator mapping and steering characteristics, and the responses of the transmission and shock absorbers.
The 2 Series will offer the "most extensive" range of driver assistance systems and mobility services in the segment, according to the manufacturer, including High Bean Assistance, Active Driving Assistance, standard BMW Assist eCall with enhanced automatic collision notification and BMW Teleservice included for 10 years. ConnectedDrive features include rain sensor with automatic headlight activation, optional adaptive xenon headlights with cornering light, park distance control and a rearview camera that displays on the iDrive's Control Display. Parking Assistant is also optional.
The cars will hit showrooms in the first quarter of 2014.