- bmw will launch a new 2-series coupe next fall.
- it will keep its rear-wheel-drive layout and continue to offer inline-six engines.
- m240i and m2 versions will remain part of the lineup, but the convertible model will disappear.
if you were concerned the next-gen bmw 2-series coupe would go the way of the 2-series gran coupe, which shares a front-wheel-drive platform with mini and the x1, we have great news: the upcoming model, slated for a late 2021 launch as a 2022 model, will very much keep its current configuration—and appeal.
company sources confirm to us that the next 2-series coupe will share its rear-wheel-drive platform with bmw's more upscale models, its closest relatives being the 3- and 4-series. comprehensively redesigned, it will feature new sheetmetal and a new, unique interior that won't be shared with other models. power will come from turbocharged four-cylinder and six-cylinder engines, likely continuing the current portfolio of a 2.0-liter four in the 230i and a 3.0-liter six in the m240i. we are told the inline-six in the upscale versions remains a staple of performance-oriented bmws. all-wheel drive will remain an option.
we expect bmw to continue offering a manual gearbox, at least in the next-generation m2. it is not clear whether bmw will continue to offer a manual in the next m240i; though a stick-shift currently an option on the u.s.-market m240i, this version has already been killed in europe.
with a shrinking market for convertibles, there won't be another 2-series droptop. bmw hopes to draw most customers to the next-gen 4-series convertible, which—unlike the current model—will feature a fabric top that will position it closer to the current 2-series convertible.
seen by many as the quintessential bmw, and arguably the spiritual successor of the legendary 2002, the next 2-series coupe won't have much natural competition. the closest, in our view, is the two-seater porsche cayman. but there will be some cross-shopping with sporty imports based on front-wheel-drive architectures, such as the mercedes-benz cla, the audi s3 and rs3, and even bmw's own 2-series gran coupe. prices will remain close to the current model.