Starting at $51,300 plus on-road costs for the 220i coupe and $58,300 for the 220i convertible, the updated range kicks of $2400 higher than last year’s model.
The 220d diesel variant has also been dropped from the 2 Series range, meaning all variants are petrol powered.
For 2017, the 220i introduces a new 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine which generates 135kW of power and 270Nm – up 5kW and 20Nm on last year’s model.
While outputs are up, fuel consumption is down, with the 220i claiming 5.8L/100km (down 0.2L) and 6.1L/100km for the coupe and convertible respectively.
The 220i coupe can sprint from 0-100km/h in 7.2 seconds (7.7 convertible) when fitted with the standard eight-speed automatic transmission. A six-speed manual is available as a no-cost option.
Newly-added standard equipment for the 220i coupe and convertible includes bi-xenon headlights, headlight washer system, folding exterior mirrors with anti-dazzle and parking functions, BMW’s Drive Assistant safety system; which includes lane departure warning, pedestrian warning and low-speed autonomous emergency braking (AEB), along with a new driver’s instrument cluster and the Interior Lights Package.
Stepping up to the 230i ($61,900 coupe, $71,900 convertible) gets you the uprated 185kW/350Nm 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine, which gets a 5kW bump over the outgoing 228i.
0-100km/h takes just 5.6 seconds in the 230i coupe when fitted with the eight-speed automatic, while the convertible gets to triple figures in 5.9 seconds.
Fuel consumption drops by 0.4L to 5.9L/100km for the coupe and 6.2L/100km for the convertible.
Over last year’s model, the 230i gets the M Sport package fitted as standard, while the Luxury Line package – which now includes a 12-speaker harmon/kardon sound system and electric lumbar support for the front seats as standard – continues to be offered as a no-cost option.
In addition to the M Sport package, the 230i gains M Sport brakes, M Sport rear spoiler (coupe only), 18-inch M light alloy wheels, folding exterior mirrors with anti-dazzle and parking functions, cloth and Alcantara upholstery (coupe)/Dakota leather (convertible), ‘Professional’ navigation system, Comfort Access, electrically-adjustable front seats, Driving Assistant, new instrument cluster and the Interior Lights Package.
Finally, the new M240i performance flagship starts at $74,900 plus on-roads for the coupe and $83,900 for the convertible – which is almost $3000 less than the previous M235i.
The new nomenclature brings an updated 3.0-litre turbocharged six-cylinder petrol engine, producing 250kW (up 10kW) of power and 500Nm (up 50Nm) of torque.
With the standard eight-speed automatic transmission, the M240i coupe and convertible can sprint from 0-100km/h in just 4.6 and 4.7 seconds respectively – a 0.2-second improvement over the M235i.
However, the added performance doesn’t mean added fuel consumption, with BMW’s claim for the M240i dropping 0.6L from the M135i to 7.1L/100km (7.4L/100km convertible).
Added specification for the performance flagship include adaptive headlights with auto high beam, folding exterior mirrors with anti-dazzle and parking functions, 12-speaker harmon/kardon sound system, Comfort Access, electric front seat adjustment, electric lumbar support, heated front seats (coupe) and Driving Assistant.
2017 BMW 2 Series pricing (plus on-road costs):
220i - $51,300
230i - $61,900
M240i - $74,900
220i - $58,300
230i - $71,900
M240i - $83,900