BMW has been adding its fancy new giant screens, which it calls ‘Curved Display’, to the interiors of its vehicles at a startling pace. After the 2023MY 3-Series and M3, the 2 Series also gets the piece of technology, despite debuting less than a year ago.
BMW Germany’s configurator now shows the updated 2 Series, which comes with a massive screen that combines both the instrument cluster and the infotainment screen into a single unit running BMW’s latest infotainment software, iDrive 8.
Although they look like a single screen, the system is actually made up of two displays that are 12.3-inches across behind the steering wheel and 14.9-inches between the front seat passengers. Although the instrument cluster is the same size as it was in the system shown when the vehicle was launched in the summer of 2021, the infotainment side of the unit was previously much smaller at 10.25 inches.
In Europe, the least expensive models could also previously be equipped with a bargain-basement infotainment system that featured a 5.1-inch instrument display and an 8.8-inch infotainment screen. That option can no longer be found on the German configurator.
First discovered by Bimmer Today, the configurator also appears to suggest that the new infotainment setup will also raise the price of the car. In April, the BMW 220i started at €40,700 ($43,694 USD), whereas it now starts at €42,800 ($45,948 USD), which is a significant price hike, though you do get the standard Curved Display and iDrive8. Plus, BMW has introduced a new base model in Europe, the 218i Coupe that in Germany, starts from €39,400 ($42,298 USD at current exchange rates).
The 218i and 220i are both powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four that makes 154 hp (115kW/156 PS) in the former and 181 hp (135 kW/183 PS) in the latter. There’s also a 188 hp (140kW/190 PS) diesel 220d and a 241 hp (180kW / 240 PS) 230i, both sporting a 2.0-liter turbo four. The M240i, meanwhile, is powered by a 3.0-liter inline-six that makes 382 hp (285 kW/387 PS).
The 2022 BMW 2 Series debuted in July 2021, to mixed reception, at least in regards to its styling. The new design divided opinions but the performance should be more than acceptable.