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BMW's 228i Convertible lounges in the Austin sun (pictures)

BMW's most affordable convertible gets some major revisions for 2015 and looks great inside and out.

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2015 BMW 228i Convertible

This is it: the 2015 BMW 228i Convertible.

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2015 BMW 228i Convertible

This is the most affordable BMW drop-top, replacing the 1 Series.

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2015 BMW 228i Convertible

It's a bit larger, but still has the same character -- despite its name going up by 100.

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2015 BMW 228i Convertible

The interior is typical BMW quality, including a 6.5-inch display, and for the first time, wireless, over-the-air map updates for the navigation system.

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2015 BMW 228i Convertible

With the top down, the rear profile is flush and taut.

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2015 BMW 228i Convertible

Rear seat room is a bit tight, but manageable.

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2015 BMW 228i Convertible

The car definitely looks its best with the top down.

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2015 BMW 228i Convertible

BMW's shark nose is in effect, though in a refined form.

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2015 BMW 228i Convertible

Trunk space is respectable for a convertible.

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2015 BMW 228i Convertible

A 240-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbocharged four provides the power.

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2015 BMW 228i Convertible

Our test car had the optional M Sport brake package, which adds blue calipers.

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2015 BMW 228i Convertible

Fuel economy with the automatic is EPA rated at 24 city, 34 highway and 27 combined.

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2015 BMW 228i Convertible

The top is fully powered and drops in 20 seconds. Here's a look at the procedure!

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2015 BMW 228i Convertible

Front comes up...

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2015 BMW 228i Convertible

Then the rear raises to match.

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2015 BMW 228i Convertible

Folding begins.

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2015 BMW 228i Convertible

More folding...

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Tonneau cover raises to make room.

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The whole thing starts to tuck into the trunk area.

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2015 BMW 228i Convertible

The top can be dropped while moving, even at speeds of up to 30 mph!

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2015 BMW 228i Convertible

Starting MSRP on the 228i Convertible is $38,850, but you'll probably be looking to spend a fair bit more with the many and varied options packages BMW offers.

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