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BMW Entry-Level Sedan Not Happening for America

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

BMW has nixed its plans for bringing a 1 Series sedan or 2 SeriesGran Coupe (much like the one in this Theophilus Chin rendering weshowed you before) to the US. The company told Wards Auto that it doesn't seethe need for an Audi A3 Sedan or Mercedes-Benz CLA competitor, stating that itfeared a “high risk of substitution," i.e. that such a car would convert3-Series buyers to the smaller, less-expensive sedan.

However, the same executive did promise that a 2 Series convertible wouldlaunch in America towards the end of this year, most likely sharing its engines with the 2 SeriesCoupe 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 withno options (fully-loaded versions go well above $40K), expect the base convertibleto come at even heftier prices.

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