2022 BMW 2-Series debuts, ditches the manual

2022 BMW 2-Series debuts, ditches the manual

The BMW 2-Series is an enthusiast favorite, assuming the enthusiast has a bit of money. With compact proportions and decent driving dynamics, this rear-wheel-drive coupe has built a reputation for being more of a purist’s car than the latest 3-Series. Now, for the 2022 model year, BMW revamps the 2-Series. There are good news and bad news.

The good news is that BMW did not opt for the much-debated massive nose from the 4-Series or 7 Series. Instead, they have chosen to redesign the 2 Series conservatively. It still retains the large bonnet and short boot of the outgoing model, hinting at its rear-wheel-drive character. The headlamps now feature only a single lightning unit, instead of the two in most BMWs. The wheel arches bulge out, similar to the ones on the discontinued 1 Series M Coupe. The rear end is all-new, with new tail lamps doused with some black elements.

The new BMW 2 Series comes in two trims, the lower 230i, and an M240i. The 230i gets its power from a turbocharged 2.0-litre inline-four engine, churning out 295 hp. This engine also churns out 400 Nm of torque as well. The potent M240i gets a turbocharged 3.0-litre inline-six engine producing 382 hp and 500 Nm. The lower trim will get to 100 kph from 0 in just over 5.7 seconds while the M240i will only take just above 4.3.

The bad news here is that the new BMW 2 Series will not come with a manual gearbox anymore. The purists may be squirming in their seats, but BMW voted against the manual anyway. Both trims will only be paired with an eight-speed automatic box. To make up for it, BMW throws in launch control and a “Sprint” function, which slots into the lowest possible gear when the driver keeps the left paddle pulled for a second. But will these be worthy replacements for proper three-pedal fun?

The 2-Series M230i can be fitted with an optional M Sport suspension, while the M240i comes with a standard Adaptive M Suspension. Similarly, the lower trim gets 19-inch wheels as an option over the standard 18s, while the M240i gets the bigger wheels as standard.

The pricing of the 2022 BMW 2 Series is not announced yet. Expect it to be higher than what the current models cost. The absence of a manual box can be a deal-breaker for some, especially in a compact sporty car that is known for its raw driving experience. BMW is fully content selling it to the majority who opt for an automatic anyway.

What do you think?



  1. Just wish they will change their mind and come up with a convertible version of this beauty!

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