A power, multi-layer fabric roof is standard equipment, folding flat behind the rear seats in just 20 seconds and at speeds up to 30 mph, according to BMW. Offered in three different colors, the new convertible roof is insulated and soundproofed for an improved driving experience with the top raised, BMW says.
Designed to carry four passengers, the new 2 Series convertible is larger inside than the 1 Series convertible it replaces. The trunk is up to 10% bigger, too, and accommodates longer items thanks to a pass-through to the passenger compartment. BMW includes exclusive interior trim details as well as a climate system display designed for greater legibility in sunlight.
The automaker's xDrive all-wheel-drive system is optional, sending 70% of engine power to the car's rear wheels under normal driving conditions. Depending on how the driver wishes to drive, Eco, Comfort, Sport, and Sport+ powertrain modes calibrate the car accordingly.
It has a turbocharged, 3.0-liter 6-cylinder engine generating 320 horsepower and is available with a 6-speed manual gearbox or an 8-speed automatic with paddle shifters. BMW claims it will accelerate to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds.
Buyers can, however, add several of these handling upgrades to the 228i convertible by checking the box marked Track Handling package. M235i convertibles are set apart from 228i models with exclusive design details inside and out, and this model is offered with an M Sport aerodynamic body kit that is unavailable for the 228i.
As far as equipment is concerned, BMW provides numerous options for the new 2 Series convertible. Highlights include a navigation system with a Proactive Driving Assistant feature, high-speed LTE Internet connectivity with BMW Online access and BMW Apps technology, Comfort Access passive entry with push-button engine starting, xenon headlights with an adaptive front-lighting system, High-beam Assistant feature, park-assist sensors, and a Parking Assistant system.
BMW Assist eCall is standard equipment on the new 2 Series convertible, providing Enhanced Automatic Collision Notification for 10 years following a 2 Series convertible purchase. Safety-related options include a Driver Assistance Plus package containing forward-collision warning, lane-departure warning, and an Attention Assistant feature.