2020 BMW 2-Series Gets New Gran Coupe Variant

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, Automotive Editor - October 17, 2019

German automakers seem to be in a scuttle over entry-level luxury sedans. Mercedes-Benz recently came out with the A-Class, leaving BMW without a direct competitor. Well, that changes with the 2020 BMW Gran Coupe, which was just revealed ahead of the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Despite sharing badges and the name as the 2-Series coupe and convertible, the 2-Series Gran Coupe is all-new, sharing little with its namesakes. For one, the swanky four-door utilizes a front-wheel-drive platform that’s shared with the X1 and X2 crossovers – don’t worry, both Gran Coupe trims that will be offered in the U.S. will have all-wheel drive. The coupe and convertible body styles have rear-wheel-drive platforms.

Because of the front-wheel-drive chassis and four-door design, the baby Gran Coupe measures in at 178.5 inches long, 81.9 inches wide, and 55.9 inches tall. That makes it a direct competitor to the A-Class, Audi A3, and the Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class.

BMW will offer the 2-Series Gran Coupe in two trims: the 228i xDrive and the M235i xDrive. Anyone familiar with BMW’s nomenclature will know that the 228i is the base trim, while the M235i is the performance-oriented version. The 228i xDrive will come with a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four that makes 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The sportier M235i xDrive is equipped with a more powerful version of the engine that generates 301 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque. Both engines use an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. BMW claims a 0-to-60 mph time of six seconds for the 228i and 4.7 seconds for the M235i.

2020 BMW Gran Coupe

An available M Sport Package brings more performance components to the 228i xDrive, like 19-inch wheels, M Sport steering, M Sport suspension, and a sportier body kit. Opt for the M Sport Package on the M235i xDrive and you’ll get an overboost function for the turbocharger, which should provide even more power for a few seconds. Another package, called the Dynamic Handling Package, brings M Sport brakes, adaptive dampers, and larger wheels. It may be a baby BMW, but the German brand’s serious about its performance prowess.

The 2-Series Gran Coupe trims will be well equipped when they go on sale. The base 228i xDrive will come with things like parking sensors, LED headlights, an 8.8-inch display, a full suite of driver-assist features that are packed under BMW’s Active Driving Assistant, and sport front seats. The M235i xDrive will add a number of M Sport components, a body kit, a limited-slip differential, keyless entry, and more.

Numerous features are being offered as optional, including BMW’s Live Cockpit Pro, which brings two 10.25-inch screens, adaptive cruise control, wirelress charging, a panoramic moonroof, and a high-performance Harman-Kardon audio system.

2020 BMW Gran Coupe

The all-new 2-Series Gran Coupe is an interesting proposition for BMW. The German automaker has always put performance first with rear-wheel-drive offerings for its sedans and coupes – and even Gran Coupes. But the four-door 2-Series trims not only help BMW have competitors for Mercedes-Benz and Audi, but it expands on the brand’s most affordable model, giving buyers on a budget more options. Since the 2-Series Gran Coupe has four doors and the other 2-Series models are coupes and convertibles, we don’t expect BMW to pull the plug on two-door variants yet, nor have we heard anything to that extent.

BMW hasn’t announced pricing for the 2-Series Gran Coupe trims yet, but if it wants to be competitive with the other German, pint-sized luxury vehicles on the market, it will have to start around $33,000. The sedan will make its official debut at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show before going on sale next spring.

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Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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