BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe will be the smallest four-door coupe in BMW’s lineup.
Will not have rear-wheel drive like the regular 2 Series.
Range-topping M235i xDrive will get to 100kph in under 5 seconds.
Might get either diesel or petrol power for the Indian market.
BMW has revealed its smallest four-door coupe, the 2 Series Gran Coupe. This follows the same design philosophy as the larger Gran Coupes, but with a difference – it isn’t actually based on the 2 Series coupe.
The 2 Series Gran Coupe is based on the FAAR architecture, meaning it has more in common with the 1 series than it does with the 2 Series coupe. It is primarily front-wheel drive, although the full-fat M235i xDrive has an all-wheel drive. It will need it, to lay down the 304bhp and 450Nm from its 2.0-liter twin-turbo petrol engine. It gets to 100kph from a standstill in just under 5 seconds and is limited to 250kph.
India will get more mundane power options, including a 2.0-liter diesel engine generating either 140bhp or 190bhp. There could also be 2.0-liter petrol or more likely the 1.5-liter three-cylinder turbo-petrol that will see duty in a number of small BMWs and Minis in the Indian market.
The suspension for the 2 Series Gran Coupe is understandably very similar to the 1 Series. It is 4526mm in length and 1800mm in width. This is longer and wider than the 2 Series Coupe. The wheelbase is much shorter, by 20mm, at 2670mm. However, there still is much more legroom (33mm more) than the 2 Series Coupe because of its transverse engine, front-drive architecture.
The cabin also looks similar to the 1 Series, with LCD instrumentation, and an optional 10.25-inch touchscreen display and a HUD measuring 9.2 inches.
The BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe will compete with the likes of the Mercedes-Benz CLA, Audi A3, and the upcoming Volvo S60 in the Indian market. Prices will be similar to the competition as well, starting at the Rs 35 lakh mark or so.