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2017 BMW 2-Series preview

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(Read caption) The BMW logo is seen during the 2016 New York International Auto Show in Manhattan, New York (March 24, 2016). BMW is overhauling the powertrain lineup in its 2-Series range for the 2017 model year. It's making some other key changes, too.

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BMW is overhauling the powertrain lineup in its 2-Series range for the 2017 model year.

The coupes and convertibles adopt the latest versions of the automaker’s 4- and 6-cylinder engines and in the process benefit from performance and efficiency gains. The cars also adopt new badges to denote the extra proficiency they’re now packing.

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At the bottom of the range, a new 230i replaces the previous 228i. The 230i still sports a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder but now peak power is 248 horsepower, up from 240 hp previously. Peak torque of 258 pound-feet remains unchanged.

Further up, a new M240i replaces the previous M235i. This M Performance model sticks with a turbocharged 3.0-liter 6-cylinder but sees its output rise to 335 hp and 369 lb-ft, up from 320 hp and 330 lb-ft previously.

Performance on par with M2

Transmissions include 6-speed manual (now with rev-matching) and 8-speed automatics, and all-wheel drive continues to be available on the M Performance models. With all-wheel drive and the 8-speed automatic equipped, the M240i Coupe will now accelerate to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds, or 0.2 of a second quicker than before.

Interestingly, this acceleration makes the all-wheel-drive M240i Coupe just as quick as the rear-wheel-drive M2 introduced for 2016. The M2 doesn’t see any changes for 2017. Its own turbocharged 3.0-liter 6-cylinder produces 365 hp and 369 lb-ft.

Fuel economy and pricing information will be released closer to the market launch of the 2017 2-Series range this summer.

Note, most of the changes also affect the related 1-Series Hatchback sold overseas.

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This article first appeared at MotorAuthority.