You see it, and then it’s gone. BMW has just introduced our first official glimpse of the 2 Series coupe, the replacement for the 1 Series coupe in the U.S. and the complement to the 1 Series hatchback and Tourer in Europe.
We don’t yet have the official details; all we know is the date and the basic shape. This rear-wheel-drive coupe will come powered by BMW’s 2.0-liter four-cylinder with power likely coming from the same 180- and 240-horsepower engines found under the hoods of the BMW 320i and 328i, respectively. It is expected that they may be joined by a 3.0-liter, turbocharged inline-6 with upwards of 300 horsepower, but BMW has not yet made any announcements. We do know that the BMW M135i in Europe comes with such an engine, competing against the Audi S3 and Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG. We have seen the car before, albeit in unofficial spy photos.
With the top of the luxury car market pretty well established, automakers are taking to the bottom to forge ahead with sales. The BMW 2 Series is expected to debut in the U.S. as a 2015 model, likely at the Los Angeles Auto Show next month, and will be one of the last rear-drive entry-level BMWs, as the 1 Series Active Tourer concept has already shown indications of BMW’s desire to move to a front-drive chassis to be shared with the upcoming 2015 Mini Cooper.