Meet the new sedan-shaped entry point into BMW ownership.
That noise you hear is auto enthusiasts gnashing their teeth. That’s because despite sharing its even numeral with the current rear-drive coupe and convertible, the 2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe is based off a front-drive platform.
Not that most North American buyers will notice. When the 2 Gran Coupe touches down in early 2020, it will only be available with BMW’s xDrive all-wheel drive system. Both 228i and M235i models utilize the BMW family 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder in different states of tune. The 228i spits out 228hp — how appropriate — and 258lb-ft of torque, while the M235i bumps those figures to 301hp and 332lb-ft, respectively. The sole transmission option is an eight-speed automatic.
BMW is promising a sporty driving experience, thanks to a mix of aluminium in the structure to keep the 2GC both light and stiff. An actuator-related wheel slip limiter and yaw distribution system help put power to the ground effectively. The 228i bolsters these with an electronic differential, while the M235i uses a Torsen-style mechanical limited-skip diff.
Add it all up and the 0-60mph dash will disappear in only 4.6 seconds for the M235i with the available overboost option. The 228i Gran Coupe competes the run in 6.0 flat.
The exterior features BMW’s trademark kidney grille framed by a suitably squinty set of headlights. Around back there’s a thin pair of taillights snuggled under a strip of chrome. With the proportions of the front-drive platform, it gives the 2 Series Gran Coupe a passing resemblance to other BMWs: the X4 and X6.
The base 228i comes with 17-inch wheels and all-season tires: 18s and 19s are options. Meanwhile the M235i starts on 18-inch items, with the bigger wheels and summer tires as options. Sport suspension — standard on the M235i, optional on the 228i — drops the body 0.4 inches to the ground.
Buyers will have a few choices for the interior as well. Old-fashioned analog gauges are stock, or they can upgrade to a 10.25″ digital display behind the wheel as part of the BMW Live Cockpit Professional package. This bumps the center console display to the same measurement, up from 8.8″. Every trim includes iDrive, plus BMW’s Intelligent Personal Assistant, which is only a “hey BMW” away. Standard safety features include lane departure warning, pedestrian warning, local speed limit info, and rear cross traffic alert.
The new 2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe will make its debut at the Los Angeles International Auto Show later this month. Deliveries will begin March 2020.