MUNICH -- BMW today released details of its new 2-series coupe, touting the car's sporty looks, powerful engines and bigger size than the 1-series coupe it replaces.

The 2 series will go on sale in global markets including Europe and the United States in March after its world debut at the Detroit auto show in January.

The rear-wheel-drive 2 series is longer and wider than outgoing 1-series coupe and its height is lower to give it a more dynamic look. The 2 series has more headroom in the front, more legroom in the rear cabin and trunk capacity is increased by 20 liters to 390 liters, BMW said.

"There is clear water between the 2-series coupe and the 1 series," BMW said in a statement.

BMW has sold more than 150,000 units of the 1-series coupe since the car's launch in 2007, three years after the 1-series hatchback was introduced. The automaker is giving its sportier models an even-number designation and the 2 series joins the 4 series and 6 series in BMW's lineup of coupes.

The 2 series will start at 29,950 euros in Germany, 3,000 euros more than the 1-series five-door hatchback.

In Europe, BMW will offer the 2 series with two gasoline and three diesel variants. The M-badged version from BMW's in-house tuners will have a 3.0-liter six-cylinder in-line gasoline engine that achieves 326 hp. The most frugal model will be the 218d with a 143-hp, 2.0-liter diesel and CO2 emissions as low as 114 grams per km.

Two variants will be sold in the United States, the 228i and the M235i, priced at $33,025 for the 228i and $44,025 for the M235i, including shipping charges.

BMW may introduce a convertible variant and a four-door Gran Coupe version of the 2 series, according to German press reports.

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