Mexi Spec: BMW 2 Series Production Likely Moving South of the Border

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky

While the current-generation BMW 2 Series isn’t ready for the grave, the company intends to put its next incarnation into assembly by 2021. That’s ages away for a consumer but precious little time for an automaker to make production decisions.

Likely spooked by potential trade issues looming over the horizon, BMW is reportedly considering shifting the America-bound 2 Series to a Mexican plant — specifically, the company’s new San Potosi facility, home of the new 3 Series.

According to BMW Blog, which usually has the straight scoop on the firm, the decision is all but final — given that the next-gen coupe also makes use of the company’s CLAR architecture. That said, there isn’t much in the company’s American lineup that won’t use the modular platform within a few years.

The rear-drive 2 Series is said to go on sale in the latter half of 2021, with a new front-drive-biased 2 Series Gran Coupe launching in late 2019 as a 2020 model-year vehicle. Beyond the name, the pair are unlikely to have much in common. The Gran Coupe will utilize the brand’s UKL platform, used by members of the Mini brand, and basically be the sedan version of BMW’s 2 Series Active Tourer.

It’s a supremely confusing naming strategy, but odds are good the ULK-based 2 Series will stay out of the United States (unless the brand thinks the Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan is getting too much attention). BMW just needs to decide which of its CLAR-based models will offer a manual transmission and all-wheel drive. It has already said it would do away with the convertible 2 Series due to lower-than-expected demand and focus on bringing a very performance-focused, rear-wheel drive hardtop. BMW development chief Klaus Frohlich even referred to it as a “drift machine” last month.

[Image: BMW Group]

Matt Posky
Matt Posky

A staunch consumer advocate tracking industry trends and regulation. Before joining TTAC, Matt spent a decade working for marketing and research firms based in NYC. Clients included several of the world’s largest automakers, global tire brands, and aftermarket part suppliers. Dissatisfied with the corporate world and resentful of having to wear suits everyday, he pivoted to writing about cars. Since then, that man has become an ardent supporter of the right-to-repair movement, been interviewed on the auto industry by national radio broadcasts, driven more rental cars than anyone ever should, participated in amateur rallying events, and received the requisite minimum training as sanctioned by the SCCA. Handy with a wrench, Matt grew up surrounded by Detroit auto workers and managed to get a pizza delivery job before he was legally eligible. He later found himself driving box trucks through Manhattan, guaranteeing future sympathy for actual truckers. He continues to conduct research pertaining to the automotive sector as an independent contractor and has since moved back to his native Michigan, closer to where the cars are born. A contrarian, Matt claims to prefer understeer — stating that front and all-wheel drive vehicles cater best to his driving style.

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  • JohnTaurus JohnTaurus on Nov 14, 2018

    MY DEVICE IS RUNNING CRITICALLY LOW ON MEMORY! Thanks TTAC!

  • Darex Darex on Nov 15, 2018

    More relevant to the NA market, this is the sedan version of the X1/X2. Also, it most definitely will be sold in North America. BMW has said so.

  • Kosmo Love it. Can I get one with something other than Subaru's flat four?
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  • Redapple2 Panamera = road porn.
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