Having already provided Gran Coupe (fastback sedan) versions of the 4 and 6 Series, BMW is planning on doing the same for the “entry level” 2 Series. However, it doesn’t appear as though it will be based on the rear-drive 2 Series we’ve come to appreciate as the one of the best driving cars currently residing in the company’s stable.
Instead, BMW claims the 2 Series Gran Coupe will be based on the same front-wheel drive UKL modular platform that underpins most of the brand’s smallest models. That means the four-door Gran Coupe will probably have more in common with the X1, X2, 2 Series Active Tourer, and China’s 1 Series Sedan than it does with the standard 2 Series.
The BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe will once again create fresh impulses in this class. It builds on the latest BMW front-wheel drive architecture and shares a multitude of technological developments with the new BMW 1 Series, which will also be presented during the course of 2019.
The BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe has been conceived as a global offering that constitutes an attractive enrichment, especially for markets in which car buyers show a strong affinity for notchbacks. As an exclusive alternative to the classic saloon, the four-door coupe addresses all target groups that prefer a sophisticated design and a self-assured look in the compact segment as well.
From what we’re hearing, the 2 Series Gran Coupe sounds less like a way to deliver a four-door version of its enthusiastic 2 Series Coupe and more like an attempt to make the crossover-adjacent 2 Series Active Tourer less nerdy. While we only have a singular shadowy teaser image to go off, it’s a safe assumption that the Gran Coupe will be more carlike than the European people carrier.
BMW hasn’t confirmed specs, though we anticipate a 2.0-liter turbo-four and front-wheel drive as standard. Engine options with more punch and all-wheel drive should be on offer, too. The manufacturer plans to debut a production version of the 2 Series Gran Coupe in November, with worldwide sales commencing next spring.