BMW has been pushing and pushing their model lineup relentlessly over the last 3 years. Adding more and more models to their arsenal and ensuring that there is a BMW out there for every buyer, regardless of their demands. There’ll be something to fit the bill.
The latest model will come in November of 2019 and it will be called the 2 Series Gran Coupe. It’s an interesting one, this. The 2 Series Gran Coupe will occupy a vacancy in the relatively popular premium-compact segment. Think of the 4 Series Gran Coupe, just a bit shorter and narrower, that’s what we’re loosely expecting for the new 2 Series Gran Coupe.
All we can do is speculate for now though, as there haven’t been any official photos released and we’re yet to see any leaked demo cars out on the roads. BMW has seen the success of their larger Gran Coupes, in the 4 Series and 6 Series.
Of course, the new 2 Series will don all the new styling cues that BMW will roll out across their range. You can see the majority of these with the new 8 Series and Z4, which both have particularly shapely rear-ends and angular waistlines. Around the front, the BMW 7 Series and X7 now boast frighteningly large kidney grilles, but it’s very unlikely that grilles of this size will make it on to the 2 Series, expect a more subtle pair of nostrils.
The first official exhibition of the 2 Series Gran Coupe will be at the Los Angeles auto show in November 2019, with the worldwide launch beginning in Spring 2020.
From the little we know about the 2 Series Gran Coupe, we can’t really think of who it will compete with. Perhaps the Mercedes-Benz CLA? It’s tricky to say because the only image we have to go off is a shady rear quarter shot which only shows the roofline, so it’s largely guesswork. BMW says that the new 2 Series Gran Coupe will “set new accents in individuality, aesthetics and emotion” - which sounds to me like they’re saying there are no real competitors out there just yet. BMW goes on to say that the 2 Series Gran Coupe will ‘once again create fresh impulses in this class.’ So yes, it sounds very niche, but it also sounds very desirable. Interesting.
What’s more interesting is that this will be a model built on BMWs front-wheel-drive architecture. It will share a lot of technology with the new 1 Series, which is also front-wheel-drive. Initially, we weren’t sure how we felt about this. BMWs are famous for being epic handling rear wheel drive cars, but now that the powered wheels have changed, will the experience be hampered? Only time will tell, but we’re confident the engineers at BMW won't ever produce a boring car.
No word on prices, engines, specs or tax rates yet as the car is so far down the line, but keep an eye on our news section for more news as it comes.