BMW's more practical M2 will arrive in 2019 and come with next-generation infotainment technology
2 February 2018

BMW is working on a Gran Coupé version of the 2 Series that will be headed by a 365bhp M variant, which will do battle with the Audi RS3 saloon and Mercedes-AMG CLA 45.

Due in showrooms in 2019, the M2 coupé sibling will retain a longitudinally mounted engine and rear-wheel drive, making it a unique offering compared with its rivals, which use transversely mounted engines and four-wheel drive.

BMW’s intention is that this format will provide the new M car with more engaging driving traits than its Audi and Mercedes competition — a move that has already made the M2 coupé a big hit among enthusiast drivers. The company believes there is sufficient scope within its future line-up to accommodate an additional model riding on its widely used rear-wheel-drive platform, hence the introduction of the 2 Series Gran Coupé.

New pictures of a 2 Series Gran Coupé development car show how the bodyshape will look. It gets rear doors and a raised rear roof section to create a five-door liftback shape, which, in M2 Gran Coupé form, promises to be a more practical performance offering than the regular M2.

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The need to accommodate two conventional front-hinged rear doors and sufficient rear seat leg room is said to be behind the decision to give the new car a wheelbase that is halfway between the 2690mm span of the 2 Series Coupé and the 2810mm of the 3 Series saloon.

Inside, the 2 Series Gran Coupé will sport a new interior layout that is also set to be adopted by the successors to today’s 2 Series coupé and cabriolet, which are due in 2020.

The turbocharged three-cylinder and four-cylinder engines for the 2 Series Gran Coupé will mirror those of the existing 2 Series coupé and cabriolet.

On the petrol side, expect a 134bhp 1.5-litre three-cylinder unit in the 218i Gran Coupé, together with 181bhp and 242bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinders in mid-range 220i and 225i models and a 326bhp 3.0-litre six-cylinder in the 235i. Among the diesels will be 148bhp, 187bhp and 221bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinders in 218d, 220d and 225d models.

As with its two-door sibling, buyers of the 2 Series Gran Coupé will have a choice of a standard six-speed manual or optional eight-speed torque-converter automatic gearbox, as well as standard rear-wheel drive or optional xDrive four-wheel drive. However, four-wheel drive will be offered in combination with only a limited range of engines.

The highlight of the new line-up, though, will be the M2 Gran Coupé.

It will use the same 365bhp turbocharged 3.0-litre in-line six-cylinder engine as its highly lauded two-door sibling. It will be offered in combination with a standard six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.

Although it is still early days, the S55 B30-designated engine is expected to provide the M2 Gran Coupé with similar performance to the M2 coupé, which has an official 0-62mph time of 4.5sec in manual form and a limited 155mph top speed.

The 2 Series Gran Coupé will be produced alongside the coupé and cabriolet models at BMW's Leipzig plant.

A 2 Series Gran Coupé plug-in hybrid model is also mooted. It is expected to use BMW’s turbocharged 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine and an electric motor mounted within the forward section of a standard eight-speed automatic gearbox.

In combination with a lithium-ion battery pack positioned within the floor of the boot, this is intended to provide the 225e Gran Coupé with an electric range of up to 31 miles.

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6 June 2016
So a saloon then.

6 June 2016
"Until recently, senior BMW officials were undecided whether to follow the direction already taken with the 4 Series and 6 Series GranCoupés (a traditional four-door design) or to favour a more radical five-door liftback proposal for the 2 Series GranCoupé."

The 4-Series GC is a hatchback, not a 4dr.

6 June 2016
Dont confuse the GT with the GC. The GT is a 5 door hatch back. The GC is the 4 door version of the 2 door which is a 2 door version of the 4 door 3 series. Clear as mud.

6 June 2016
themangood wrote:

Dont confuse the GT with the GC. The GT is a 5 door hatch back. The GC is the 4 door version of the 2 door which is a 2 door version of the 4 door 3 series. Clear as mud.

Nope. 6 GC is four door sedan. Both 3 GT and 4 GC are liftbacks. Just google "bmw 4 gc boot".

6 June 2016
Dont confuse the GT with the GC. The GT is a 5 door hatch back. The GC is the 4 door version of the 2 door which is a 2 door version of the 4 door 3 series. Clear as mud.

6 June 2016
It's still not a coupé.

6 June 2016
80sXS wrote:

It's still not a coupé.

Coupé simply means 'cut'. No-one ever said anything about the -number of doors. It's a cut-down version of an existing car for a less utilitarian look. In the modern vein, BMW have chosen to cut some height from the roof-line instead of length from the wheelbase.

See the Rover P5 coupé from the '60s for details.

6 June 2016
The 2 series gt is more of a people carrier, BMW describbe it, 'for people who need more space'. Who Said the Germans were logical

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

6 June 2016
"hit UK showrooms in 2019". I'd be surprised if the GranCoupe is based on the current 2 Series Coupe as that car would be 6 years old come 2019. I suspect the GranCoupe will be a spin off of the next generation 2 Series Coupe.

6 June 2016
BMW really need to sort out their badging. Having the 4 series being based on the 3, and 6 series based on the 5 makes sense. Having a RWD 2 series when the 1 series will go FWD looks awkward, and even worse when they have a FWD 2 series AT and GT as well!


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