2022 BMW 2 Series Coupe First Look: 2 the Moon?

If you were feeling anxious before seeing the 2022 BMW 2 Series, you’re not alone. After the newest 4 Series, M3 and M4, and first-ever iX EV all broke cover with less-than-beautiful styling, any new BMW brings with it as much trepidation as it does excitement these days. However, BMW’s new compact 2 Series coupe is finally here, and it isn’t wearing polarizing styling that’s as meme-able as we feared.

The new two-door 2 Series is about as close to a classic BMW as modern cars can get in terms of overall proportion. Remember, BMW still sells the four-door 2 Series Gran Coupe (read: sedan)—but that model sits on a different, front-drive-based platform, whereas this coupe is rear-wheel-drive-based. And the 2 Series looks rear-drive: The long hood, short deck, and set back passenger compartment are reminiscent of classics such as the BMW 3.0 csi and the boxy 2002. It might not be drop dead gorgeous, but it doesn’t wear a pair of buck teeth for a grille—something we can’t take for granted in BMW showrooms these days. As before, the 2 Series comes in four-cylinder 230i and six-cylinder M240i guises.

While looking like a modern (and less attractive) take on a classic Bimmer, the new 2 Series is bigger than the car it replaces. Track widths are up for the base 230i models (2.8-inches front, 1.9-inches in the rear) and the M240i xDrive (2.5-inches front, 2.4-inches out back), and the car rides on a two-inch-longer wheelbase than the previous car. That should pay dividends for backseat passengers, as the last 2 Series was cramped if you weren’t driving or riding shotgun; as a bonus, the longer wheelbase should strengthen the 2’s high speed stability.

When the 2 Series hits dealerships later this year the 230i cars will once again ship with a turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4 that’s mated to an eight-speed automatic. There is no word on a manual for the base 230i cars, and we think BMW is reserving the right to row your own gears for the full-on M-badged 2 Series, the M2. The little four-pot kicks out a strong 255 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque.

Step up to the all-wheel-drive M240i xDrive models and you’ll get BMW’s turbocharged 3.0-liter straight-six under the hood. This I-6 makes a very punchy 382 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque, 17 more horsepower and 26 lb-ft more torque than was in the last-generation M2(!). While base models will send their power to the rear wheels exclusively at launch, the more powerful M240is come with a rear-biased AWD system. According to BMW, with all-wheel traction and that 382 hp, the M240i is capable of scooting to 60 mph in just 4.1 seconds; top speed ranges from 130 mph to 155, depending on options.

What about after the 2 Series launches? We’re told that later, the option for all-wheel drive will return to the base 230i (meaning the 230i xDrive ain’t dead), as will the rear-drive version of the M240i.

Underneath, the new is a lot like the old. It uses a strut-style suspension setup at the front and a five-link setup at the rear. If you opt for the sportier M240i you also get a limited slip rear differential, stronger M-sport brakes, an adaptive suspension, and 19-inch wheels as standard kit. All of those features will be available as options on the 230i, as well as some exterior additions such as sleek “shadowline” trimmings to make your baby-bimmer look and drive like a proper sports car.

Perhaps the least interesting part of the new 2 Series is the interior. It looks like a genuine copy-and-paste job of the current 3 and 4 Series models. That is not to say the 2’s innards are bad, but the cabin just doesn’t do much to differentiate itself from the rest of BMW’s lineup. It does mean, however, that you get decently-sized screens everywhere you look. An 8.8-inch infotainment display is standard, but it can be upgraded to a 10.25-inch unit that’s paired with a 12.3-inch digital driver’s display.

Sporty front seats, frontal collision warning, and lane departure warning are all standard on the new 2, and there are also optional safety features like blind spot monitoring and automatic rear emergency braking available as well.

Pricing for 2022 BMW 230i coupes starts at $37,345 while pricier M240i xDrive coupes are priced from $49,545. As with pretty much any modern BMW, pricing can go up rather quickly from there if you aren’t careful with the options, and there will be a long list to pick from when the 2 Series reaches the U.S. in November of this year.

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