The first-ever 2 Series Gran Coupé will go on sale in March 2020 (in Europe) and will be sold in three variants; is BMW's first compact premium four-door coupé.
BMW has pulled the wraps off the all-new 2 Series Gran Coupé. What makes it a significant model for BMW is the fact that it is the brand's first compact premium four-door coupé. Until now, the Gran Coupé body style was reserved only for higher-spec models like the 4 Series, 8 Series & the erstwhile 6 Series. However, the new 2 Series officially becomes the new entry-level Gran Coupé model in BMW's product line-up. The global reveal of the 2 Series Gran Coupé will take place at the LA Auto Show next month.
Starting March 2020, the 2 Series Gran Coupé will go on sale in Europe in three versions: 218i, 220d & the range-topping M235i xDrive (lead image). The 218i will be powered by a 1.5-litre in-line three petrol motor, with power & torque figures pegged at 138bhp & 220Nm. The transmission options include a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed DCT Steptronic automatic. The 220d, on the other hand, will be powered by a 2.0-litre in-line four diesel motor that puts out 188bhp & 400Nm of torque. Lastly, the top-spec M235i xDrive will be powered by BMW's most powerful 2.0-litre four-pot petrol motor, that produces 302bhp & 450Nm of torque. The 220d & M235i both get the 8-speed Steptronic transmission as standard.
While the powertrains options are impressive & have proved their mettle in other models as well, it's the styling of the 2 Series Gran Coupé where opinions are likely to remain divided. You see, the Gran Coupé styling has worked for the previous, bigger models because the four-door coupé body style needs bigger dimensions to work (in our opinion). Therefore, applying the same concept to a relatively smaller car might not bring out the same design elegance as on the previous models. Case in point - the 2 Series Gran Coupé that genuinely lacks visual oomph.
Nonetheless, keeping in mind that the mighty M2 Competition (the first-ever 2-Series model to come to India) is already on sale here, it's quite possible that we may see the 2 Series Gran Coupé reaching our shores too. But it is not going to be anytime soon. Placed below the 3 Series in the pecking order, the 2 Series Gran Coupé can rival the likes of the Audi A3 & Mercedes-Benz CLA in India.