BMW announces xDrive M235i, to be launched this summer

BMW announced in some quarterly updates that they’ll be launching an all-wheel driver version of the M235i this summer.

The M235i xDrive will utilize the same 3.0L TwinPower Turbo inline-sixer good for 320hp and 332 lb-ft of torque. When mated to the ZF-sourced eight-speed Steptronic automatic, 0-62 happens in just 4.6 seconds for a top sprint of 155mph. Comparatively speaking the rear-wheel drive model is slightly slower to 62, taking 4.8 seconds with the automatic and five seconds for the six-speed manual.

Despite the quicker pace, most likely due to a less dramatic start from stationary, the M235i xDrive gains some weight. Specifics were not yet shared.

For the brief press blast, check it out after the jump.

Premiere for BMW xDrive in the BMW 2 Series. Launch of the BMW M235i xDrive Coupe.

Superior sportiness in the compact segment will become even more attractive from the summer of 2014. The new BMW M235i xDrive Coupe consistently transfers the power generated by its 240 kW/326 hp straight six-cylinder engine to all four wheels according to each specific situation. The intelligent four-wheel drive system will be available for the first time in the BMW 2 Series Convertible. The BMW M235i xDrive Coupe, which features as standard an 8-speed Steptronic sport transmission, accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.6 seconds. This model completes the sprint 0.2 seconds faster than the BMW M235i Coupe featuring traditional rear-wheel drive. Fuel consumption in the EU test cycle is 7.8 litres/100 kilometres. The CO2 rating is 182 grams per kilometre.

The second new addition to this model series is the BMW 228i Coupe, whose four-cylinder petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology delivers a maximum output of 180 kW/245 hp and peak torque of 350 Nm. This enables the driver to accelerate from standstill to 100 km/h in a mere 5.7 seconds. The average fuel consumption of the new BMW 228i Coupe stands at 6.6 litres per 100 kilometres. The corresponding CO2 emissions are 154 grams per kilometre (values per EU test cycle, dependent on the selected tyre format). In all, there is a selection of three petrol and three diesel engines available for the BMW 2 Series Coupe.

Chris Chin

Chris Chin is the Editor-In-Chief of egmCarTech and is a regular contributor to Automobile Magazine.

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