Rear-Drive BMW 228i Coming for 2014 Model Year, Company’s EPA Filings Show
BMW may not be ready to talk publicly about the 2-series yet—or even acknowledge that it’s happening—but the future coupe is proving to be one of the worst-kept automotive secrets in recent memory. So, even with a spy photographer recently exposing a production-ready M235i, official production details are nil. We’ve just found the 228i in filings that BMW sent to the EPA for the 2014 model year, and alongside, some useful (if expected) info.
According to the papers, the 228i will feature rear-wheel drive, the turbocharged 2.0-liter N20 engine from the 328i et alia, and will offer a six-speed stick or eight-speed automatic. In tandem with the six-cylinder M235i, this positions the 2-series as a true successor to the cult 1-series coupe—and not, thankfully, as a spinoff of the front-wheel-drive 1-series debuting next year. (In fact, that latter car may not even come to the U.S., BMW execs told us recently.) Figure on the 228i receiving the same 240-hp setup of the engine that’s installed in other 28i-badged Bimmers.
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One formalistic observation about the filing, by the way: The document covers most of BMW’s four-cylinder lineup, and frequently lists “3-series” and “4-series” in those words. When it comes to this car, though, “228i” is used rather than “2-series.” Perhaps, optimistically, this is a signal that we’ll also see an entry-level 220i, with the same 180-hp engine setup that’s in the new 320i. Either that, or we need more ventilation in the garage.