- The new 2015 BMW 228i premium compact convertible will arrive in U.S. showrooms in early 2015 with a starting price of $38,850.
- The 2 Series convertible makes its world debut at the 2014 Paris Auto Show.
- The German drop top gets a standard electrically operated fabric roof.
WOODCLIFF LAKE, New Jersey — The new 2015 BMW 228i premium compact convertible will arrive in U.S. showrooms in early 2015 with a starting price of $38,850, including a $950 destination charge, BMW said on Tuesday.
The 2 Series convertible makes its world debut at the 2014 Paris Auto Show.
A North American debut is set for the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show.
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 including shipping.
The 2 Series convertible replaces the BMW 1 Series convertible and is longer, wider, faster and more economical than its predecessor.
The four-seat German drop top gets a standard electrically operated fabric roof in black.
Optional colors include Anthracite or Brown with silver effect. The top can be opened in 20 seconds at the touch of a button and at speeds of up to 30 mph.
BMW says the trunk is roomy enough to store two 46-inch golf bags or a pair of snowboards.
The 2 Series convertible gets the same engines as the coupe model.
They are a 240-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine in the 228i model and a 320-hp inline six-cylinder engine in the M235i model. The 228i gets an eight-speed automatic transmission with steering-wheel shift paddles, while the M235i engine is mated to either the eight-speed automatic transmission or six-speed manual transmission.
BMW has not provided EPA fuel economy estimates at this point.
The 228i convertible can be ordered with the optional Track Handling package that bundles an adaptive suspension, Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires on 18-inch light-alloy wheels, variable sport steering and M sport brakes.
Standard safety features include dynamic stability control, antilock brakes, traction control and cornering brake control.
Edmunds says: Car shoppers should be ready to pay a nearly $6,000 premium for the 2 Series convertible when compared to the 2 Series coupe.