Currently reading: New 2022 BMW 2 Series Coupe drops disguise for latest tests
Two-door 2 Series will retain rear-wheel drive by using different platform to front-wheel-drive siblings
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28 April 2021

BMW is stepping up testing of the upcoming 2 Series Coupé ahead of its market reintroduction early next year, with new spy images giving us a clearer look yet at the firm's smallest two-door model.

Lighter camouflage means we get a better look at the new two-door, four-seat coupé. Visible links to the shape of the latest 4 Series are apparent, in particular the long bonnet and wide rear stance, although at the front BMW appears to have grafted the face from the 2 Series Gran Coupé onto it, rather than borrow the controversial upright grille from the 4 Series. 

Due to be produced at the firm’s San Luis Potosí plant in Mexico, the 2 Series Coupé is known internally under the codename G42 and is scheduled for an unveiling towards the end of 2021. 

Significantly, the new coupé shares very little of its architecture with the 2 Series Gran Coupé as it will be rear-wheel drive. Shunning BMW’s front-driven FAAR platform, it will instead utilise an evolution of its versatile CLAR platform. As well as underpinning BMW’s largest saloons and SUVs, the architecture is also found underneath the current Z4 and its Toyota Supra sibling. 

That allows for the G42 2 Series to use a similar mechanical layout to today’s model, with a longitudinal engine mounting instead of the transverse layout found in the four-door 2 Series. 

Details of what will power the new 2 Series variant at launch have yet to be confirmed, although expect to see three- and four-cylinder petrols, and possibly the return of a diesel, for the mainstream models. The main reason the new 2 Series Coupé is RWD, however, is that it allows BMW to reheat the much-loved recipe of the current M2

Unlike the four-cylinder M135i and M235i Gran Coupé, Autocar understands that the full-fat M2, expected in 2022, will keep a six-cylinder powertrain. Specifically, it will use a detuned version of the S58 3.0-litre unit found in the latest M3 and M4

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Insiders hint that the M2 will offer at least 420bhp in its standard form - a 16bhp increase over today’s M2 Competition - to usurp the 416bhp Mercedes-AMG A45 S hot hatch. However, the CLAR platform provides the basis for a 48V electrical architecture, meaning the M2 is likely to feature mild-hybrid technology during its life cycle.

As before, the M2 should also retain a manual gearbox option, along with select variants of the standard 2 Series Coupé line-up. However, there won’t be a new generation of the 2 Series Convertible alongside this as BMW looks to streamline its model portfolio and focus resources on electrification.

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Peter Cavellini 28 April 2021

Your buying the car, you have your choice of what you buy, your into BMW's, you have your budget, the choice of which model, what extras you want on and in it, this new car, albeit on camouflage doesn't look that bad, it's neat looking in fact, I've seen the new interior, it's solid built, trad BMW , they've only tried to update it, make it more current, if you don't like the seats for instance, then you must've taken the car and thought, I'll get used to them, and judging by the amount of BMW's I see on the roads just now, the two series is quite popular.

Bob Cat Brian 28 April 2021

I'm not sure 'grafting on the nose of the 2series gran coupe' is any better than that of the 4series. Lets hope this looks far better than both

Thekrankis 3 December 2020

Most recent BMW's look far better with camouflage wrapping.