BMW 2-series Gran Coupe teased - front-drive hatch to rival Mercedes CLA
The new BMW 2-series Gran Coupe has been teased as we head towards its November 2019 reveal
In a similar vein to that of the 4-series Gran Coupe and incoming 8-series Gran Coupe, the 2-series has been designed to combine a sleek coupe silhouette with the practicality of four doors. We still have a while to wait before we see the finish article in the metal as it’s reveal is slated for November, at the 2019 LA motor show.
This first official glimpse of the 2-series Gran Coupe shows off a familiar rear light graphic shared with many recent BMW models, and an unrecognisable take on BMW’s iconic hofmeister kink.
Unfortunately, the 2-series GC will not be based on a rear-drive platform as the current 2-series Coupe and Cabriolet are. Instead, it’ll borrow its underpinnings from the upcoming 1-series hatchback, which is expected to drop its current playful edge as a result of the switch to the new front-wheel drive platform that will underpin a swathe of incoming BMW and Mini products.
One look at the vast front overhang, high waistline and short wheelbase on the previously spotted 2-series GC prototypes would suggest that this car won’t be in the traditional rear-drive ‘Ultimate Driving Machine’ mould.
Thanks to its new platform, we also know which engines are likely to power the new 2-series Gran Coupe - expect a range made up from a combination of three- and four-cylinder, turbocharged petrol and diesel engines. High-output models will likely feature xDrive all-wheel drive, which is a Haldex-style system borrowed from the X1 and X2 SUVs.
An M Performance model will probably assume flagship status initially, utilising the 2-litre turbocharged B48 four-cylinder petrol engine borrowed from the X2 M35i. Outputs are only speculative, but with AMG’s CLA35 very likely to share the A35’s 302bhp, we’d expect the top-spec Gran Coupe to follow suit with power in that ballpark.
Where does this leave a future 2-series Coupe and more importantly the M2? BMW’s M Division has remained coy about any future compact models, but as the new G20 3-series is only a mere 7cm shorter than an E39 BMW 5-series, there is surely space below it for a compact rear-wheel-drive model.
For now, the next BMW 1-series will arrive first, which will give us a good idea of what to expect from the 2-series Gran Coupe in terms of styling, interior design and powertrains.