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Welcome to The Manifold, our fresh daily digest of news and what's happening in the car world. Intake: Meet the next BMW 2 Series, which will get its dynamic debut at this weekend's Goodwood Festival of Speed. It's bigger, with overall length up by 4.1 inches, wheelbase increased by 2, and width by 2.5. https://www.hagerty.com/media/news/the-manifold/2021-07-07/
Current BMWs look like they have a different designer for the front, back, and sides of the car. And they never talk to each other. BMW really needs to stop bringing up the 2002, it’s embarrassing at this point.
That new 2-series doesn't look bad, but like so many cars when they are restyled nowadays, it has lost the sleekness and visual lightness that the current model has. It has also lost the 6-speed option, sadly. Thankfully, though, it also "lost" the ludicrous 4-series grill!
Twenty years ago, when BMW still built some attractive cars, their designs featured surface tension. Their lines began for a reason and ended for a reason, and nothing was random or ornamental. Having already inflicted the bad-Bondo-job looks of 'flame surfacing,' now BMW is giving us this amorphous blob of a car. I can only assume that the people who still lease BMWs will absolutely love it.