BMW 2014 F22 2-Series 'M235i' model to come with all wheel drive option, M235xi - Launches March 2014
Not really shocking news considering the F22 2-Series shares the F20 1-Series platform but the M235i model will be available either as rear wheel drive or as an M235xi all wheel drive model. This is how it should be with BMW offering either a rear wheel or all wheel drive option and now has the closest car to compete with the Mercedes CLA45 AMG
. It's unknown if BMW will offer anything above the M235i which will come with a 320 horsepower N55 3.0 liter inline-6 turbo.
Transmission choices will be manual or steptronic automatic. If the car were to receive a dual clutch transmission that would position it much closer to the CLA45 AMG. Whether BMW elects to compete as the car sits or with a full fledged M2 model we will have to wait and see. The Audi RS3 is also waiting in the wings in this segment
The car will launch in the USA in March of 2014. Expect the official reveal at the Frankfurt Auto Show although a leak before the show will likely happen.