It’s hard to imagine we’re already talking about model year 2015 cars already. But seeing as how BMW sells all of its vehicles on seven-year cycles regardless of how quickly competition may be moving, it stands to reason that the car you see above isn’t coming out for a while yet. Why else would BMW introduce a special edition of its current 1 Series in the U.S. yesterday if not for trying to buy some time.
But what about the much-needed second-generation car? Well, here it is: the BMW 2 Series coupe, foregoing its 1 Series nomenclature for a new one. BMW is rebadging anything with two doors as an even-number car for the sake of order. Because, you know, Germans are all about order. Until they make a four-door “Gran Coupe” version, that is, but let’s not muddy the waters here.
Anyhow, the 2 Series seen above looks to be fairly production-ready in size and shape, sharing its basic mechanical bits with the redesigned 1 Series hatchback that’s been on the roads overseas for going on two years. That means all of the engineering will be some four years old by the time it reaches the U.S. in the form of the 2 Series, but like we said, Germans almost always stick to their initial plans without much deviation.
So what do we know about the car? Other than it was spotted in a BMW testing facility alongside a bunch of other prototypes, not much. It’s likely to share the BMW 3 Series’ 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 240 horsepower in the 328i. It’ll also likely be available with the 300-horsepower inline-6 seen under the hood of the 335i. But we wouldn’t bet against BMW bringing along a smaller engine like the 156-horsepower four-cylinder just announced for the 2013 BMW Z4 yesterday. Seeing as how its chief rival, the Audi A3, has been available with a small diesel engine in the U.S. for a while with great success, BMW might be considering selling an oil-burner here in its smallest car, too. At least it’ll be the smallest until the production version of the BMW i3 and the new front-wheel-drive 1 Series show up.
This is just the first new car of what we expect BMW to bring to the U.S. based on the 2 Series. We’ll keep an eye out, though, as it is expected that BMW will also introduce a new 2 Series convertible for the U.S. and potentially a rear-wheel-drive sedan called the 1 Series.