well firstly the 2 series is a two door so you know what you're getting into. The CLA runs into rear seat issues because it has 4 doors and people expect more practicality out of 4 doors.Well one thing's for sure. Given how much people complain about the rear seating in the CLA, I can't wait to hear about all the complaining about the 2-series' rear seat. At least it doesn't look like someone cut out the middle of a 5-series like the 1-series looked like.
I bet the 2-series will come bare bones and the options will keep the pricing in line with the CLA45. BMW isn't known to be generous, and I doubt they are going to start with an entry level vehicle. I bet the AWD system will put it in line with the CLA45, but a tad cheaper. You have to be a bit cheaper when you're a year late out of the gates on an entry level car to persuade some of the tight wads to wait a year to save 1k. Personally not a fan of BMW styling. No matter what they do, their cars look too similar to each other. And unlike Audi's photo copies, BMWs still looks square. It'll be fun to drive though, especially since it is natively RWD.
The M pack is an add on to the 235i, the 235i bare MSRPs for ~$33K, the M pack is a $10K option so, no BMW is not generous but the options you will need to tick a box for on CLA45 are already included in the M pack.
Actually Mercedes was late out of the gate on entry level, the 1 series (now 2 series) has been in production since 2004 and MSRPed for only 1K less than a 3 series coupe. So no BMW was not late or cheap, that argument should be directed directly at the CLA..Take sport to the streets: show everyone just how wild your BMW 2 Series Coupé really is with the M Sport package. Combined with the M Aerodynamics package (included), it’s an optical exclamation mark that makes its abilities clear even before you make your intentions known.
The M Sport package featuring M Sport suspension and M Aerodynamics package with specialised front apron, side skirts, and rear apron was designed with especially sporty drivers in mind. Large 17" M light alloy wheels in Doublespoke style 460M help emphasise the athletic styling. The BMW Individual High-Gloss Shadow Line features high-gloss Black side window surrounds, including on the mirror base and frame. Eight wide kidney grille slats finished in high-gloss Black, the side "M" logo, chrome tail pipe, and exclusive Estoril Blue paintwork complete the M Sport package aesthetics.
Other colours for the M Sport package are also available, including Mineral Grey metallic, Black Sapphire metallic, Glacier Silver metallic, Mineral White metallic, Alpine White non-metallic and Melbourne Red metallic.
18" M light alloy wheels in Double-spoke style 461 and the Chrome Line are also available.
The M Sport package features an interior with M door sill finishers and sport seats for the driver and front passenger in exclusive M-style Anthracite Hexagon cloth/Alcantara upholstery with contrast stitching in Royal Blue. Further highlights of the M Sport package include the M driver foot rests, shortened gear lever with the “M” logo, M leather steering wheel with multifunction buttons and instrument cluster featuring speedometer and tachometer with red chronoscales and red accent rings. The interior trim in Aluminium Hexagon with Estoril Blue accent lines is particularly sporty. Orange-red and white variable interior lighting provides an athletic atmosphere. The BMW Individual Anthracite headliner on top complements the dynamic look. The radio remote control with Estoril Blue detailing puts the finishing touches on the M Sport package.
Black Dakota leather, Oyster Dakota leather, Terra Dakota leather and Coral Red Dakota leather are also available with the M Sport package upon request.
Lastly, yes the 2 series is available with x drive.