BMW Introduces 2 Series Diesel

By Christian Stampfer on 5 November 2013
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The new BMW 2 Series

The new BMW 2 Series

MUNICH—BMW continues the repositioning of its model lineup with the announcement of the all-new BMW 2 Series Coupé. The previous BMW 1 Series Coupe and Convertible generation will be replaced by the BMW 2 Series model range in the compact car segment as BMW continues its strategy to differentiate its coupe and convertible models from their four-door siblings. The BMW 4 Series Coupé and Convertible, formerly ranged in the 3 Series product lineup, were the first two models that have been repositioned.

The new 2 Series Coupes, namely the BMW 220i and BMW 220d, will be available with a two-liter four-cylinder petrol or diesel fueled engine. The BMW 220d will produce 184 hp (135 kW) at 4,000 rpm and deliver a peak-torque of 380 Nm (280 pound-feet) between 1,750 and 2,750 rpm. The fuel economy with a manual gearbox is to be 4.5 l/100 km (52 mpg) according to BMW. With the all-new eight-speed automatic gearbox, the fuel consumption can be reduced to even 4.2 l/100 km (56 mpg). Compared to the previous model generation, the new models will use 21% less fuel.

Additional diesel models will follow in 2014. The BMW 218d and the BMW 225d have been already announced and will be added to the lineup. Both cars come with a four-cylinder diesel engine and will deliver a comparable fuel economy to the BMW 220d. The BMW 225d will be the most powerful diesel variant of the 2 Series model range and will be equipped with the eight-speed automatic gearbox as standard equipment.  Acceleration from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) is expected to be in the 6.3 seconds range and a top speed of 150 mph (242 km/h) has been specified. The average fuel economy is reported by BMW as 50 mpg (.7 l/100 km).

To increase the new models’ fuel efficiency, BMW reduced the overall weight by using high and ultra-high-tensile steel for the vehicle’s body. Next to the standard-fitted EfficientDynamics technology options, such as the auto start-stop and brake energy regeneration, further improvements were made possible by the latest ECO PRO mode and its coasting function in combination with the eight-speed automatic gearbox.

According to BMW, there are no plans to offer diesel variants of the BMW 2 Series in the U.S..