BMW Entry-Level Sedan Not Happening for America

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The 2 Series convertible will come over later this year, however.

BMW has nixed its plans for bringing a 1 Series sedan or 2 Series Gran Coupe (much like the one in this Theophilus Chin rendering we showed you before) to the US. The company told Wards Auto that it doesn't see the need for an Audi A3 Sedan or Mercedes-Benz CLA competitor, stating that it feared a “high risk of substitution," i.e. that such a car would convert 3-Series buyers to the smaller, less-expensive sedan.

However, the same executive did promise that a 2 Series convertible would launch in America towards the end of this year, most likely sharing its engines with the 2 Series Coupe models. This would mean - at least until the introduction of a possible M2 - a choice between a 2.0-liter inline-four turbo in the 228i, and a 3.0-liter inline-six- turbocharged in the M235i. With a base MSRP of $33,025 for the smaller engine with no options (fully-loaded versions go well above $40K), expect the base convertible to come at even heftier prices.

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