By on March 20, 2019

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. 

From BMW:

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.

[Image: BMW]

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24 Comments on “BMW Confirms 2 Series Gran Coupe For 2020...”

  • avatar

    Like the color – something that isn’t black, white, or a different shade of silver/gray.
    But here’s more proof that BMW has lost their way (or minds…or both) by introducing another niche car in a niche market trying to compete in an area where it really doesn’t need to compete (X7 anyone?) FWD? Mini platform?
    Putting aside the two paragraphs of “Marketing Speak 101,” let’s look at this at what it really is. BMW wants a CLA, so they got one. Same faults, likely same awkward styling due to the platform and dimensions. But at least they now have a $299/mo lease special their dealers can advertise.
    Call me old, but I wish BMW would just go back to what they used to do best and dominate the market with the real 3, 5, and 7, and add a sport coupe like the 6 or the 8 and reset everything again. Yes, I know crossovers sell, so add one but go back to what the focus was supposed to be again – The Ultimate Driving Machine. Not “Mercedes and Audi have this, so we need one too regardless of how it drives or looks.”
    Sigh…rant over…

    • 0 avatar
      Tele Vision

      @the flyers fan

      At 48 I’m old. Auld, even. As such I empathize wholeheartedly – bring back what made BMW great. Unfortunately it doesn’t make much sense for some of us. To wit: I’ve never owned a BMW but my purchase of a Gen I CTS-V several years ago spurred my good friend into buying a 2006 M5. He didn’t want to wait for a manual version to pop up so he pulled the trigger on an SMG III example. He had it for nine months. On Winter tires he got stuck in his back alley; at his kid’s school; at a mall… It was hopeless at this latitude. It was an amazing car at full chat on dry roads ( i.e. getting many stares and grins driving down a local road with the music cranked, only to realize he was doing 30 mph in first gear when the ‘auto’ function decided to go on strike ) but hot garbage as a commuter. He traded it straight across for a 2013 335Xi some years ago. He’s now entertaining the idea of a used Forerunner as a trade for his 335. Sad times – for him.

  • avatar

    Once those “premium” carmakers at Daimler and BMW decided 20 years ago to enter the downmarket arena of regular cars, the mouth-agape crowd assumed that “quality” would follow along with the badge. How wrong they were, but the move tore the heart out of Ford and Opel sales in Europe.

    So here we have yet another BMW transverse-engine FWD, which is a rebody on the MINI chassis. That PR description given above is the work of a lunatic from another galaxy. This will be yet another overpriced tin box not worth the money. Reviewers will love it because it’s no money out of their pocket, despite being 50% too much. It’ll be interesting to see how many folks get sucked into the badge story on these. Carny barkers have survived millenia promising much and delivering little or nothing.

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    I didn’t know there was anything “Gran” about the 2-Series.

    • 0 avatar

      If “gran” means “grand” than I beg to differ: the M235 and M2 are pretty nice. It’s hard to find find a RWD, compact, nimble, 4-seater conventional car that drives well and has a manual transmission.

      • 0 avatar

        It’s what the 3-series/4-series was before it got fat, bloated, and crammed with gizmos. I thought the rear of the 2-series always looked a little awkward (something about how the taillights never really looked like they fit or the proper ratio or something like that), but it was carrying the flame of what BMW once was. Now they want to flush that with this Gran Coupe nonsense.
        I’ve driven a few of these in my time (and made the mistake of buying an off-lease one years ago) and BMW needs something really special to bring those of us who want the real BMW back into the fold. Maybe the M235 and M2 is it. I hope so because I really miss them. I guess I’m one of the few that still likes light, RWD, fun-to-drive cars.

  • avatar

    It sucks agree. But it is still a BMW, affordable one. And that is what really matters in real world. And it is not just a coupe – it is a Grand Coupe, just think about it – BMW Grand Coupe in your drive way not some crappy Cadillac nobody wants to be seen in. And German engineers can create miracles from ordinary ingredients too.

  • avatar

    so sad. glad i don’t drive these cars any longer.

    High water mark was my 1995 540i. Although, I will say the next Gen E39 was definitely on-par. From there on out, but for the E38 7’s and my last Bimmer, an E46… all downhill from there. I have now owned 23 new or used vehicles and that 540 is still missed the most. I should’ve never let it go. At least I still have the Monroney sticker

    Where I live, 3-Series BMW’s are dime-a-dozen, look-a-like, Barbie, Ken or Hipster lease specials flooding the roads. Not impressed. Thanks, but… no thanks.

    ps: No matter how much it’s pushed today, a sedan is not a coupe. Grrrr

  • avatar

    What kind of idiots think that 4 doors=a coupe???????

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  • avatar

    So it’ll be a competitor to the terrible Mercedes CLA-class.

  • avatar

    Bleh. Maybe they’re just trying to democratize getting rid of the bad water pumps, gaskets, blower motors, window regulators and everything else that fails on these things prematurely. I mean, why save all the fun for the SUV owners. Sorry, SAV owners.

  • avatar
    healthy skeptic

    The green in the photo is one sexy color.

    Not to worry, though. By the time they produce it, it will only be offered in shades of gray. Like virtually every other car for the past 15-20 years.

  • avatar
    Roberto Esponja

    This company is going full absurd in the number of models.

    My neighbors across the street have an X1 and an X3, both white. You have to really look to tell that they’re both different vehicles. Ridiculous…

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