Australian specifications and pricing has been announced for the 2018 BMW 2 Series LCI coupe and convertible range.
The 2018 model year will feature revised styling and tech upgrades, however, they come at a cost, prices are up $1100 to $2190 depending on the variant. Before on-road costs, the coupe range will start at $52,900 while getting into a convertible will require a cheque for $59,900.
Exterior changes include revised LED lighting Bi-LED headlights in the 220i and 230i, while Adaptive LEDs are standard fare for the M240i M Performance models.
Front fog lights are standard on all models, as is one-piece LED tail lights shaped in an ‘L’ formation.
Four new alloy wheel options are available and a choice of ten exterior colours with Seaside Blue metallic, Mediterranean Blue metallic and the lairy Sunset Orange metallic added to the palette.
The interior will now get the iDrive6 infotainment system, after debuting in the new 5 Series earlier in 2017, the technology is now spreading through the BMW range. There’s also a restyled instrument cluster. To access a touch screen, BMW’s Navigation System Professional (standard on 230i and M240i) needs to be optioned on the 220i.
To improve cabin ambience, some new stitching designs have been used along with Pearl Chrome trim finishers. Unfortunately, the interior will have a centre console covered in high-gloss black, which is impossible to keep scratch free.
Engines have been carried over, the 220i is powered by a 135kW/270Nm 2.0-litre turbo-petrol, while the 230i gets a 2.0-litre tuned to develop 185kW/350Nm. The M240i models will use BMW’s excellent 3.0-litre turbo inline-six with 250kW/500Nm.
All 2 Series models have power sent to the rear wheels through a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission. For purists wanting to risk spilling their latte, BMW does offer the option of a manual transmission at no extra cost.
2018 BMW 2 Series LCI standard specification highlights:
17-inch light-alloy wheels
LED Fog Lights
DAB+ Digital radio capability
Interior and exterior mirrors with anti-dazzle function
Eight-speed sport automatic transmission
Navigation System Business with iDrive6 functionality
Automatic climate control
DAB+ radio capability
Rear view camera
Speed Limit Info
Sport leather steering wheel
Sports seats for driver and front passenger, finished in Dakota leather upholstery
Front and rear park distance control
Extended smartphone connectivity
Extended instrument cluster contents
BMW ConnectedDrive suite with ConnectedDrive services, remote services, Teleservices, emergency e-call and Real-Time Traffic Information
BMW 230i (in addition to 220i)
M Sport Package with M Sport suspension
18-inch light-alloy wheels in Ferric Grey
M Aerodynamics Package
M Sport brakes
High-gloss Shadow line exterior trim
BMW Individual anthracite roof liner
M leather steering wheel
Cloth/Alcantara upholstery (Coupe)
Dakota Leather Upholstery (Convertible)
Navigation System Professional with iDrive6 functionality and 8.8-inch touchscreen
Electric seat adjustment
Variable Sport Steering
Seat Heating (Convertible)
BMW M240i (in addition to 230i)
18-inch light-alloy wheels in Bicolour Jet Black
12-speaker harman/kardon surround sound system
Adaptive M Suspension
Adaptive LED Headlights
Dakota leather upholstery
2018 BMW 2 Series LCI pricing (excludes on-road costs):
220i Coupe - $52,900
230i Coupe - $63,000
M240i Coupe - $76,800
220i Convertible - $59,900
230i Convertible - $73,000
M240i Convertible - $85,800
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