These are the first spy shots of the upcoming BMW 2 Series Coupe and Convertible, testing on public roads in Germany.
Both cars feature swept-back headlights with LED elements and more aggressive noses. The cars also get low slung bodies, LED tail-lights and twin exhausts to hint at their sporting intent.
As with the new BMW 4 Series Coupe - which will be previewed at next month’s Detroit Motor Show - BMW will rename the 1 Series Coupe and Convertible as the 2 Series. That means that BMW’s line-up will run from 1 Series through to 7 Series with no gaps in between.
When the 2 Series Coupe arrives in late 2013, it will be based on the same platform and the same range of engines as in the current 1 Series hatch, including the 1.6 and 2.0-litre petrol units and 2.0-litre diesels.
As with the 1 Series, high performance 235i and M2 models are also expected to join the line-up later in the car’s life.
All of these engines are to be connected to either a six-speed manual or an eight speed automatic gearbox, and BMW’s xDrive four-wheel drive system is expected to be offered, although BMW is yet to confirm whether it will be sold in the UK.