The latest rumours from our famous BMW insider, Scott27, are about the possibility of a new series, the 2 series. This time, it’s mainly about the design and engines’ choice that will make the 2er differ from the existing 1 and 3 series. Then he talks about BMW’s plans to revive the Z3.
equidistant : The BMW 2er Coupe and Cabrio.
With the forthcoming separation of the BMW Compact segment family to accommodate each equal family such as the UKL/Next generation 1er , the current 1er and the all new 2er family – All distant in looks and purpose.
Still maintaining the ability of a RWD drivetrain and the benefits of an entry sports coupe. The renaming of the current 1er Coupe and Cabrio allows BMW to expand on the model line by resorting back to the traditions of classic entry BMW’s – Compact , focused and no limits when it comes to involving driver communication and dynamic handling. For the idea of this expanding family we have to go back to the 2002 and the E30 3er. Cars that helped define the segment.
To make you understand how the BMW 2er appearance differs from the BMW 1er I have done this quick rendering in Paint for quickness over an existing 1er Coupe illustration. (photo above)
As you can see the arrow-like headlights remain but they are more edgier and sportier at the bonnet line and wrap around the wing like a 6er. The arrow shape of the light unit is highly prominent but connects diagonally into a wider three-dimensional kidney grille as per modern BMW design.
The lower intakes reflect the opposite direction of the headlights by being more angular. The sculpture lines on the bumper highly prominent the front of the car and help protrude the front of the car for class-leading front impact and pedestrian safety.
The “eye-bags” under the headlights connect with the lower intakes and flow downwards similar to the 6er forming the air curtains at the side of the intakes. And depending what model-line there will be the option of decorative trim surrounding circular fog lights.
The overall appearance shows a kin-ship with the F20 1er but interprets its DNA in a more sportier format which brings the car into line with the other BMW Coupe’s such as the 6er and forthcoming 4er Coupe.
It can be said that there is a similar comparison to the larger 6er Coupe especially in its profile which some say resemble a shrunken 6er but to entry coupe proportions. Continuing with the big car feel some 2er’s seen at the studios of Munich include LED headlights and larger 19″wheels .
Engine options will be varied from petrol and diesel four and six cylinder right up to the storming M235i adding the focused chassis of the M135i with 2er Specific changes to the chassis and suspension before climaxing in a lighter M2 variant. A car that will aim to repeat the same successful formula as the 1er M Coupe by being the “entry” ladder to the M Division but with a reduction in weight and not as limited this time around.
The cabrio variant retains a folding soft-top for significant weight reduction and clean lines with a completely flat rear deck enhancing the sportier appearance with superior levels of beauty.
The sportier look to the 2er shows why BMW are expanding the 2er line to include a Gran Coupe four door model in order to enter a growing competitive segment by combining a sport sedan with greater individuality and class-leading dynamics.
The new BMW 2er Coupe and Cabrio will be introduced in 2013.
The strategy for the next generation of Roadsters bring the Z3 back. Equipping the latest mid-entry Roadster with a soft-top with the Z4 moving up a scale to become the Z5. The Z5 will retain a folding hardtop. and basically what was the Z2 becomes the Z3. As to take advantage of the UKL architecture the next MINI Coupe/Roadster will be more of an individual sports car concept than the current MINI based models. BMW will also take advantage with an entry Z1 powered by the new three-cylinder engine.
The Roadster design language is derived from the well-received BMW ConnectedDrive concept car which was not meant to focus completely on design rather the technology. But the more angular and modern layered surface work will distinguish the Roadsters from their more organic and rounder looking competitors. Then you will have BMW engineers working on changing the complete character of the Z4 replacement which an earlier preview is imminent on the upcoming BMW Z4 by M Performance.
This render shows you in more ways than one how the design language will feature within production models.
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