What Is It?
2015 BMW 2 Series Convertible
When Does It Go on Sale?
BMW of North America expects to have the 2015 2 Series convertible at dealerships in early 2015.
How Much Does It Cost?
The base 2015 BMW 228i starts at $38,850, including a $950 destination charge. The 2015 BMW 228i xDrive, an all-wheel-drive model, starts at $40,650 and the uplevel 2015 M235i starts at $48,650. Both prices include shipping.
How Many Trim Levels Are There?
The BMW 2 Series convertible is available in the U.S. as the 228i, 228i xDrive and performance model M235i.
What Kinds of Engines and Transmissions Does It Have?
- 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder, 240 horsepower, 255 pound-feet of torque
- 3.0-liter turbocharged inline six-cylinder, 320 hp, 330 lb-ft of torque
- Eight-speed automatic transmission standard; six-speed manual transmission optional on M235i
- No EPA numbers available
What Kind of Convertible Top Does It Have?
The new BMW convertible gets a standard electrically operated soft-top that can be opened in 20 seconds at the touch of a button. The top can be operated at speeds of up to 30 mph. If the car is equipped with the Comfort Access option, the roof can be opened and closed remotely.
The top comes in standard black, but can be ordered in two optional colors. They are Anthracite with a silver-effect top and Brown with a silver-effect option. The fabric is woven with fine shiny fibers.
What Unique Features Does It Offer?
A Track Handling package is optional for the 228i convertible. It includes an adaptive M suspension, Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires on unique 18-inch light-alloy wheels, variable sport steering and M sport brakes.
A standard Driving Dynamics Control switch lets the driver choose between the fuel-saving Eco Pro model, along with Comfort, Sport and Sport+ driving modes.
What Kind of Standard and Optional Safety Equipment Is Offered?
The four-passenger BMW convertible gets a long list of standard safety equipment, including dynamic stability control, antilock brakes, dynamic traction control, cornering brake control and dynamic brake control. An optional Driver Assistance package adds park-distance control and a rearview camera. An optional Active Driving Assistant feature adds speed limit information.
What Models Will It Compete Against?
Audi A3 Cabriolet: This four-passenger German droptop offers a wide range of assistance systems and advanced technology. Since it's priced in the same ballpark as the BMW 2 Series convertible, consumers will have a lot to consider.
Chevrolet Camaro Convertible: A good choice for the "Buy American" crowd with a great blend of style, performance and efficiency. Plus, it starts at almost $7,000 less than the BMW 2 Series convertible.
Lexus IS C: There's plenty to admire with this Japanese convertible, including a 20-second fold time for the top and plenty of power. The IS C comes in four flavors, including the impressive 350 F Sport model. But buyers should be aware that the base 2015 model starts at $43,885, outdistancing much of the competition, including the base BMW 2 Series convertible.
Should You Wait for It?
We're down to a matter of months for the debut of the BMW 2 Series convertible, so the wait is short-term. But if you want to feel the wind in your hair right now, there are lots of good alternatives.