By on October 24, 2013


BMW’s replacement for the 1-Series has been revealed in its M form courtesy of leaked photos posted to an online forum after a dealer presentation, according the lads at Autocar.

The M235i seen in the photos is as how the smallest BMW will appear when the 2-Series debuts in showrooms next year, with the 220i and 220d filling out the ranks. The M variant will be driven by a turbocharged 3-liter I6, pushing 322 horses out the back door with 332 pounds of tree-pulling power from 0 to 60 in just under 5 seconds; top speed is 155 mph.

The 2-Series overall is longer than the 1-Series it will replace, providing more comfort and cargo room for potential buyers to consider. The collection has been engineered to accommodate both rear- and four-wheel drive, as well.


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27 Comments on “BMW’s M235i Revealed Via Leak...”

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    Ok, so it looks like a BMW. Nice, but boring styling. Except for the lower facia which looks ridiculous.

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      That’s because it wouldn’t be a BMW if it didn’t always remind you that you opted for the cheap seats as opposed to the “5” or “7”. Even in “M” mode which won’t be cheap, it will be the cheapest “M”

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        I don’t get this at all. There is no huge difference in quality between the various BMWs that I can see. You pay more, you get more space, more power (with overlaps) and somewhat more toys. They all feel pretty much the same. Nothing about my 3 “reminds” me that I did not buy a 5, I just don’t have any need of a car that big. Well, and there is no 5 wagon in the States. If I didn’t want a wagon, I probably would have bought a 128i – 95% of the time back seats in my car are decorative only.

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    I don’t understand this car. The 1-Series makes sense for the enthusiast who misses the nimble, light BMW (think E30), or for your college-bound daughter. A larger, “2-Series” means you may as well spring for the 328.

    • 0 avatar

      >> “2-Series” means you may as well spring for the 328.
      The “2” designation means that it’s a 1 Series Coupe. The 328 is a four door.

      • 0 avatar

        I was referring to the growth in the size of the 1-Series chassis. Whether two doors or four, once it gets fat enough there is no reason to buy one, especially when the difference in price between it and the 3-Series is small.

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    Audi S/RS mirror caps?

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    Rats, the 1-Series was the only recent BMW I had any interest in.
    This 2 series looks like it was designed purely to make you want a 5 series.

    Oh well, I bet the blokes at Top Gear won’t mind BMWs recent softning up.

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    I guess I am alone here. I love it, and I’m glad they are making a small coupe. A JB4 (or even Dinan) tune on this thing and it will hurt a lot of feelings.

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    It just looks soooo different! Oh wait, no.

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    Just another slightly different slice of the same old German sausage. Lately, BMW and Mercedes in particular, are really starting to over style their cars and SUVs. The smaller offerings especially look kind of lumpy, frumpy and overwrought. Too many swoops and scoops, they’ve lost their elegant purposeful designs, now they just look “styled”. It’s like they are in a race to see who can deliver the gaudiest look to a gullible public who will buy anything with the propeller or three pointed star logos.

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    Looks like by now the 1-series has sort of turned into an E36 3-series. Bloat, bloat, bloat. And look at how thick the body section is!

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    Note that there are now official photos on Autocar. Worth the click through.

    I wonder if this isn’t just the replacement for the M135i, a car we do not get in the US, but which has been raved about as a performance bargain in Europe. It is more like an M Sport, and is not as extreme as the old 1M. They might be holding this back a bit so as not to pull buyers from the new M3/4.

    Regardless, this size is much closer to the M3 of old, and I think it’s great that BMW is building it.

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    One, anything that might replace the 1-Series is a step up, to me. To most of us weened on 3-Series coupes, the 2-Series is much closer to what we’re used to. The 1-Series is close to buying your toddler a sidewalk toy when you’ve bought a real 3-Series for yourself. I’m fully aware that some guys really latched onto the 1-Series when we first got it here in the States, and I’m sorry if I’m sounding elitist, but I’ve just never warmed up to that model.

    For the chap that opined that the 2-Series would cause buyers to eventually want a 5 or 7-Series, some of us think the 3-Series is the be-all and end-all of BMW’s. When we’re 70, 300lbs, and chomping on cigars, only then will we fit the 7-Series demographic. The one thing I appreciate about BMW and the 3-Series is that stepping up to a 5 or 7-series doesn’t mean I’m sacrificing anything, just getting a larger car, which I don’t need.

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    Doesn’t look too bad from the side, from the front at an angle it just looks like a stretched 1 series. Could this be the el cheapo arrendar CLA fighter?

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    DC Bruce

    I’m surprised to read all of the posts defending the looks of the 1-series. At various times, I’ve thought about one, but I can’t get past they way they look and the fact that the back seat is a joke for anyone over the age of 13.

    Maybe I’m odd, but, in my view, if you’re going to put a back seat in a car, make it one that adults 6 feet tall can fit in, even uncomfortably. Otherwise, skip the pretense. I have the same beef with the Mini, although at least those seats fold down and, with the hatchback design the car would, at least, accommodate my 100 lb. Golden Retriever.

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    I have noticed the continuously-receding front hood line on the newer BMWs. Look before the E90/E60 generation and the hood includes the roundel and kidney grilles. Now the hood ends in this odd, straight line that cuts right above the roundel. I must know the reason for this design travesty, although I suspect it improves crash performance or pedestrian safety.

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    Fell into Want, Like, and Love of the pugnacious little 1-series coupe when it first came out, but wouldn’t buy into BMW’s tired, tiered pricing strategy. Where was the value?

    And it seemed like they short changed it from the beginning, base equipping it like an stripped appliance and not a sporty coupe with performance inclinations from a high end performance oriented manufacturer. I know this is a Euro market reality, they just should have marketed in NA differently. And, by the time you added all of the options you wanted, you might as well have bought the 3-series.

    Still intend to get one(135), when I can find used one at a price point I can live with and equipment level I would have ordered new.

    And I sure don’t appreciate BMW’s messing around with the iconic BMW numbering… messes up and confuses the history and dilutes the brand.

    Will have to see more of the new 2-series and test drive it to have an opinion as to its value for me and its worthiness in the historic panoply of the BMW brand.

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    The difference between a 3 and 5 is definitely more than size. Same goes for X3 vs X5.

    I had an E39 for several years, and now an E46. While the E46 doesn’t scream poverty spec, it is no E39. Besides the difference in interior trim, it is more cheaply built. The E39 is not exactly the picture of reliability, but at least you didn’t have to play whack-a-mole with subframe and differential bushings. And the driveshaft wasn’t as frail. Oh, and the rear floor doesn’t tear apart like a beer can.

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    Umm, guys… have you seen how these cars are made? There is nothing cheap about a BMW… even the entry level ones are $$$. If you don’t want to pay for one, don’t buy one. Just stop the whining please. They are phenomenal cars and you know it ;)

    • 0 avatar

      I’d imagine they are like alot of things, phenomenal when they are not in the shop.

      • 0 avatar

        “when they are not in the shop” That old urban BS myth again.

        I put 200,001 miles on my 96’_328is, before I swapped in an M5 drive train. The only problem I had in all those miles, was the seal in the VANOS system. Other then that, it was tires, pads/rotors, and it had the original clutch before the transplant.

        PS No derogatory implied ’28cars’. I’m just responding to the typical oft repeated mythical/prejudicial noise that has gone on for years by people who pass this stuff on without actually having any real world experience with the product, the place, or people. Part of the old ‘Fix or Repair Daily’, GM crap noise, and the ‘Lazy Mexican’, ‘The Only Good Indian, is a Dead Indian’ kind of myth/BS. Tiresome!

        Maybe you have had experience with BMW’s or whatever. But did you buy it new and treat it like the fun, utilitarian, investment it is/was? The trouble I see with BMW’s, Porsche’s, Alfa’s Ford’s Chevy’s etc, are the result of abuse, neglect, or back street NA mechanics.

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    Why axe the 1? Marketing is just running wild at BMW. I don’t get it.

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