BMW prices 2 series coupe at $33,025

Engines for the standard and M models use BMW's TwinPower Turbo technology.

The 2014 BMW 2 series coupe will have a base price of $33,025 for the 228i and $44,025 for the M235i, including shipping.

The rear-wheel drive 2 series coupe will debut at the Detroit auto show and go on sale in the United States in the first quarter of 2014.

It replaces the 1 series coupe which went on sale in the United States in 2008.

Both models will have twin-turbo engines. The 228i has a 240 horsepower 2.0-liter in-line four-cylinder powerplant and the M235i has a 3.0-liter in-line six-cylinder making 322 hp.

The M235i is the first vehicle sold as an M Performance model in the United States. The designation is given to cars modified by BMW’s M high-performance arm, but they do not get the full treatment of an M model. The M235i has a tuned chassis and exhaust, a modified suspension, sport braking and larger tires.

With a length of 174.5 inches, the 2-series coupe is 2.8 inches longer than the 1-series two-door. It is 1.3 inches wider than its predecessor at 69.8 inches and has a 1.3 inch longer wheelbase of 105.9 inches. Height has been lowered by 0.2 inches to 55.8 inches.

BMW said the increased size gives the 2-series coupe additional interior space and luggage capacity.

BMW is giving its redesigned coupes and convertibles an even number. The redesigned 3-series coupe and convertible are now the 4 series.

A 1-series sedan is expected in 2017. It will use the BMW Group’s new front-wheel drive architecture which debuts at the Los Angeles auto show in November with the new generation Mini Cooper hardtop.

You can reach Diana T. Kurylko at dkurylko@autonews.com -- Follow Diana T. on Twitter: @dianakurylko

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