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The BMW 2-Series Gran Coupe Is A FWD Niche-Filler

BMW has revealed a new 'Gran Coupe' version of the 2-series, based on the same front-wheel drive architecture of the new 1-series

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A more practical, four-door version of the 2-series sounds quite appealing, doesn’t it? A compact, rear-wheel drive car to fill the gap left by the bigger-than-ever-3-series could be a breath of fresh air in what’s becoming an SUV-dominated line-up.

But before you get excited, although BMW has made something similar to this, the 2-series Gran Coupe is - under the skin - a closer relative of the 1-series hatchback rather than the 2er coupe.

The BMW 2-series Gran Coupe is predominantly front-wheel drive, although the next regular 2-series will be rear-driven
The BMW 2-series Gran Coupe is predominantly front-wheel drive, although the next regular 2-series will be rear-driven

As anticipated, the 2-series Gran Coupe - first teased earlier this year - sits on the same ‘UKL’ platform as the 1-series. That means it’s predominantly front-wheel drive.

But as with the 1er, that means more space inside for people and people accessories. And should the thought of a front-wheel drive BMW make you shudder, it’s worth pointing out some GCs will have the rear wheels powered as well as the fronts.

Does the 1-series work aesthetically when stretched into the saloon form of the 2-series Gran Coupe? We'll let you thrash that out in the comments...
Does the 1-series work aesthetically when stretched into the saloon form of the 2-series Gran Coupe? We'll let you thrash that out in the comments...

The GC is about the same width as the current 1-series and the wheelbase is identical, but it’s around 200mm longer and a smidge lower. At the back, the saloon-style boot opening reveals 430 litres of space - plenty for whatever the average Gran Coupe owner wants to carry. Probably something golf-related.

From launch, the car will be available with three engines. The two petrols - the 218i and M235i - are shared with the 1-series. The base 218i uses a 1.5-litre inline-three turbo producing 138bhp, making the 0-62mph sprint possible in a respectable 8.7 seconds. Then there’s a huge performance gap to the all-wheel drive M235i, which kicks out 306bhp from a turbocharged inline-four and hits 62mph in 4.9 seconds, a tenth slower than the M135i.

BMW - The BMW 2-Series Gran Coupe Is A FWD Niche-Filler - News

The halfway house is the 220d, which uses a diesel engine pinched from the existing 2-series range. Go for the oil-burner, and you’ll have 187bhp and 295lb ft of torque available, making for a 0-62mph time of 7.5 seconds.

The cabin gives off a sense of deja vu strong enough to give Morpheus a nose bleed, as it’s lifted straight from the 1-series. Should you go for either the M235i or an M Sport trimmed version of one of the other two, you’ll get BMW’s Live Cockpit Professional 10.25-inch digital instrument binnacle, paired with an infotainment screen of the same size.

BMW - The BMW 2-Series Gran Coupe Is A FWD Niche-Filler - News

The 2-series Gran Coupe available now, with prices in the UK starting at £25,815, rising to £37,255 for the M235i. This, or a Mercedes CLA?