The new BMW 2 Series Coupé is the latest model to join BMW's extensive range.

BMW says: "The two-door coupé raises the bar in the premium compact sector for both driving dynamics and aesthetic appeal."

The four-seat model combines a rear-wheel drive chassis with an engine line-up and suspension tuning that are focused on sporting ability.

Two petrol engines and one diesel engine will be available at launch, ranging from the 220d Coupé to the latest 326hp M Performance model, the M235i Coupé.

The individual design clearly differentiates the 2 Series Coupé from the 1 Series model range, lending the newcomer a character all of its own.

The longer body and low, flowing roofline reinforce the 2 Series Coupé's sporting intent while the wider track, longer wheelbase and significantly increased body width improve both cabin space and driving dynamics.

All five engine options benefit from BMW's TwinPower Turbo technology to deliver excellent performance and efficiency figures.

Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are further reduced by BMW's EfficientDynamics technologies, which are standard across the range.

The new BMW coupé will be available at launch in four trim levels: SE, Sport, Modern and M Sport.

The BMW 2 Series Coupé will launch in Ireland on March 8, 2014, starting at €38,480 OTR for the 218d Coupé SE.