The all-new BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe has been revealed ahead of an Australian arrival in the first quarter of 2020.
Built on the same front-wheel-drive architecture that underpins the latest 1 Series hatch, the 2 Series Gran Coupe gives BMW a direct rival to the new Mercedes-Benz CLA.
Size-wise, the 2 Series Gran Coupe measures in at 4526mm long, 1800mm wide and 1420mm high with a 2670mm wheelbase.
It looks the part with a stretched silhouette, frameless windows and rear lights extending well into the centre of the boot lid, merging into a black gloss band that runs up to and encircles the badge.
BMW has released details of the 218i, 220d and the M235i xDrive, however, only the range-topper is confirmed to launch locally.
The M235i uses a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine to produce 225kW and 450Nm. An eight-speed automatic sends power to the adaptive M xDrive all-wheel drive system. We’ve seen this powertrain already deployed in the X2 and new 1 Series.
Dropping back to the 218i sees power supplied by a 1.5-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine developing 103kW and 220Nm. The torque is sent to the front axle through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission as standard.
Based on the market swing away from diesel passenger cars, it’s unlikely the 220d will be available locally. It uses a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel unit produces 140kW and 400Nm.
On the inside, the dash layout is lifted from the 1 Series which isn't a bad thing. BMW’s latest OS7.0 infotainment system comprising two 10.25-inch screens will be standard.
BMW says the boot capacity is 430L which can be expanded courtesy of a rear backrest which folds 40/20/40.
Local specifications and pricing will be confirmed closer to the launch date early next year.
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