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20 February 2019

The upcoming BMW 2 Series Gran Coupé has been pictured undergoing winter testing ahead of a planned reveal later this year.

The four-door liftback version of the 2 Series Coupé can be seen in our latest spy shots with camouflaged bodywork. Aside from revealing the shape of its body, with a raised rear roof section and rear doors, they also provide a closer look at the rear lip spoiler and larger brakes that will likely designate M Sport versions of the car. 

These photos closely match the previous spy images of the car seen testing in warmer climates, suggesting that development is reaching the final stages before launch.

The 2 Series Gran Coupé line-up will be headed by a 365bhp M variant, which will do battle with the Audi RS3 Saloon and Mercedes-AMG CLA 45.

The M2 relation 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.

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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 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.

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's halfway between the 2690mm span of the 2 Series Coupé and the 2810mm of the 3 Series saloon.

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Inside, the 2 Series Gran Coupé will sport a new interior layout that's 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 pair.

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

Like its two-door siblings, the 2 Series Gran Coupé will offer a choice of a standard six-speed manual or optional eight-speed torque-converter automatic gearbox, as well as optional xDrive four-wheel drive. However, the latter 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.

This model 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 with a standard six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.

Although it's still early days, the S55B30-designated engine is expected to provide the M2 Gran Coupé with similar performance to the M2, which has an official 0-62mph time of 4.4sec in manual form and a limited 155mph top speed.

The 2 Series Gran Coupé will be produced alongside the 2 Series Coupé and Cabriolet models at BMW's plant in Leipzig, Germany.

A plug-in hybrid model is also mooted. This 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 with an electric-only 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.

3 January 2019

The 4 Series Gran Coupe, unlike the bigger 6, has a liftgate instead of a decklid (which essentially makes it a low-roof version of the 3 Series Gran Turismo).

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

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3 January 2019
xxxx wrote:

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

 

People carrier...? Explain in detail exactly why this new car is in your opinion, classified with pc's, such as Ford Galaxy, VW Sharan, Seat Alhambra, Renault Grand Scenic..usuall tommyrot from a decrepit sofa driving , never-been -in- work, moron.

 

"describbe"...too busy eating cold pizza to reach for your DICKtionary?. TwIT, the w is silent, as you should be.

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