2’s company: BMW Singapore’s 2-Series lineup now complete with the 2-Series Coupe and Active Tourer’s arrival

With the arrival of the BMW U06 2-Series Active Tourer and G42 2-Series Coupe, BMW Singapore has now completed their local lineup of 2’s which quite interestingly also means that the 2-Series now has the most versatile mix of cars on offer.

With a choice of a front-wheel-drive 4-door sedan with the Gran Coupe, a front-wheel-drive MPV with the latest Active Tourer or the brand new and sublime rear-wheel-drive 2-door Coupe.

For the latest 2-Series Active Tourer, a model that with its first-generation successfully introduced an entirely new segment of owners to the marque, BMW have incorporated the bold aesthetic flourishes of its more premium siblings into its exterior design.

With the prominent kidneys, slim tapered headlights, clean-cut side surfaces and increased rake on the windscreen eschewing a sportier visual dynamic over the outgoing model to pair with its significantly improved cabin ambience.

For the local Singapore market, there will be two 218i variants available both powered by BMW’s B38 TwinPower Turbo In-line three-cylinder, the Luxury line and M sport. With the M Sport featuring not just key visual enhancements but also adaptive M suspension with frequency-selective damping and a 15-millimetre drop in ride height. Whilst the price of the M Sport variant has yet to be announced, do expect it to command a slight premium over the Luxury line’s S$220,888 pricetag (S$229,888 for the higher-specced Launch Editions).

Both 218i Active Tourers sit on BMW’s UKL2 platform which it shares with the 1-Series hatchback and 2-Series Gran Coupe, so expect this little MPV to serve up a class-leading driving experience.

There’s no news yet on whether the 225e or 230e PHEVs will be coming to our shores but with the local authority’s continuous push towards electrification, we wouldn’t be too surprised if they eventually make their way over.

Of course, the star of the day belonged to the 2-Series Coupe, the most BMW of BMWs available for sale today. Compact, agile, usable and capable of delivering plenty of smiles per mile, the 2-Series Coupe is quite simply the embodiment of everything enthusiasts love about BMWs. Having driven one in Germany a few months ago, I’m already smitten.

For the Singapore market, two distinct variants will be available, the flagship and very lovely M240i xDrive powered by BMW’s venerable 3-litre Twinpower Turbo’d B58 Straight-Six in B30O1 guise pumping out a stomping 382 horses and juicy 500Nm of torques, and the entry-level 220i with a 2-litre Twinpower Turbo inline-four B48 producing a still respectable 184 horses and 300Nm of torque.

Unfortunately, there’s also no news yet on whether the middle ground 230i (with its updated 248hp B48) will make it here but from what we gather, don’t get your hopes up.

The price of entry for the new 2-Series Coupes starts at S$257,888 for the 220i and S$$349,888 for the M240i xDrive. Better start saving then.

*Prices are accurate as of 10 March 2022 and are inclusive of COE.

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