The BMW 2-Series has been revealed ahead of its official debut at January's 2013 Detroit Auto Show. "Thanks to some leaky websites, we can bring you the all-new BMW 2-series Coupe a little earlier than we expected," explained Autoweek.

The BMW 2-Series is an important car for BMW as the competitor CLA has enabled Mercedes-Benz to seriously pull ahead in sales. What's more, Audi will soon launch its new A3 as well. While the new compact luxury class in North America is getting crowded rather quickly, BMW aims to differentiate itself from the four-door Mercedes CLA and Audi A3 sedan by introducing the BMW 2-Series exclusively as a 2-door coupe.

The BMW M235i will be the fastest, if not the most important, variant in the 2-Series lineup. As the "35" moniker suggests, the BMW M235i boasts a turbocharged 3.0 liter straight-6 powerplant producing 322 hp and 332 lb.-ft. of torque. According to Autoblog, the BMW M235i is capable of accelerating from 0-60 mph in just 4.8 seconds what mated to the eight-speed automatic transmission. The time drops to five-flat when mated to a six-speed manual gearbox.

Unlike the 1-Series M Coupe, the BMW M235i isn't a full-on M car but is rather lightly seasoned with M performance bits. That said, the BMW M235i will most certainly look the part thanks to a more aggressive body kit and blacked out kidney grilles for the exterior, and "M" emblems sprinkled across the interior including the steering wheel and shift knob.

Other trims available in the BMW 2-Series include the 228i as well as diesel models like the 218d, 220d and 225d.  The 2014 BMW 2 series coupe will have a base price of $33,025 for the 228i and $44,025 for the M235i, including shipping.