BMW is yet to confirm any such 2 Series Convertible variant, despite numerous reports claiming it exists and spy shots (namely the ones you see here) all but confirming it. BMW Australia product manager for 1 Series, 2 Series, 3 Series and 4 Series ranges, Christoph Priemel, suggested a new open-top model would be a logical addition.
“There’s no official confirmation as to the naming convention for that kind of car,” Priemel said. “But looking at the success of the 1 Series Convertible – worldwide the 1 Series Coupe sold over 150,000, where the Convertible sold close to that, around 130,000, nearly an even split – it’s a very successful concept, and it would be kind of foolish to not go down that path,” he said.
Priemel suggested there were more additions to come to the 2 Series line-up – not only the recently revealed Active Tourer, but “another variant lining up by going in line with the success of its predecessor”.
If a 2 Series Convertible does eventuate – and we all know it will – it is almost certain to retain its fabric folding roof, which was a key element to the 1 Series model it replaces, and was clearly seen on the spy images our photographers snapped back in late 2012.
“Looking at the success of the 1 Series Convertible and how well received that kind of [fabric soft-top] concept was, there’s – I think – not much reason to change that if it ain’t broken, conceptually,” he said. “If you look at such a car, it might be based upon what made the outgoing model so successful.”
The new 2 Series models are considerably larger than the 1 Series sports variants they replace, and Priemel said the 2 Series name better suits the new cars as a result.
“Keep in mind with the new naming it’s not just for the sake of naming it 2 Series; the car is actually bigger in its dimensions both for the exterior and interior, and the key differentiations against the 1 Series are greater,” he said.
The 2 Series Convertible is expected to be offered with the same engine choices as the recently released 2 Series Coupe, including an entry-level 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol turbo 220i model, a base 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel 220d, and a range-topping 235i with a 3.0-litre in-line six-cylinder turbo.
It is expected that BMW will show the new 2 Series Convertible late in 2014 – probably just prior to Christmas, and just in time for a global debut at the Detroit motor show early in 2015.