BMW is making it easier to get behind the wheel of its all-wheel drive M135i and M235i Gran Coupe, with less expensive new Pure variants set to touch down in the coming months.

    With starting prices $5000 lower than the regular M135i and M235i, the Pure models follow a formula laid down by the M550i xDrive Pure, offering a full range of performance options with fewer convenience features.

    Compared to their more expensive brothers, the Pure models miss out on a panoramic glass roof, adaptive LED headlights, leather seat trim, and a harman/kardon surround sound system.

    Standard equipment still includes 19-inch alloy wheels, M Sport brakes, a head-up display, lane-departure warning, autonomous emergency braking, rear cross-traffic alert, and speed limit information.

    There’s also keyless entry and start, powered front seats, dual-zone air conditioning, and illuminated interior trim.

    Pricing for the M135i xDrive Pure kicks off at $63,990 before on-road costs, and the M235i xDrive Pure is priced from $67,990 before on-roads.

    The M135i hatchback undercuts the Mercedes-AMG A35 hatch by just over $4000, while the sedan is just under $2000 less expensive than the A35 sedan.

    BMW’s range of Pure performance models started with the M550i xDrive Pure, which offers V8 power for less $15,000 less than a fully-specced M550i.

    It’s since been followed by performance-oriented versions of the X5 and X6 M50i, and the M340i. The badge has also been expanded to the Mini line-up, debuting on the Countryman JCW.

    Scott Collie

    Scott Collie is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Scott studied journalism at RMIT University and, after a lifelong obsession with everything automotive, started covering the car industry shortly afterwards. He has a passion for travel, and is an avid Melbourne Demons supporter.

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