[UPDATE] A press release has been published, and attached at the end. BMW says it will unveil the 2 Series Gran Coupe in production guise in November at the Los Angeles Auto Show and will have the car on sale globally by mid-2020. The press release goes on to reiterate the next-gen 1 Series hatchback is due to be revealed later this year.
After several batches of spy shots and our own speculative render, time has come to have a first official look at the 2 Series Gran Coupe. BMW’s belated answer to the Mercedes CLA is shaping up to be “sporty, elegant, extravagant” according to the Facebook post published on the company’s official page. Finished in a rather lovely turquoise shade, the niche model isn’t willing to reveal much just yet, but we do get to see those sleek taillights.
The spoiler lip indicates this isn’t an ordinary version of the 2 Series Gran Coupe, but a sporty one that could be of the M Performance variety. The biggest piece of the puzzle is represented by the car’s status – whether it’s a production model or only a concept. After all, BMW did preview its bigger brother, the 8 Series Gran Coupe, with a concept, so it would make sense for the new kid on the swoopy saloon block to be shown first as a concept before morphing into a road-going car.
Gallery: BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe spy shots
As you have probably heard by now, the first-ever 2 Series Gran Coupe will have something in common with the two MPVs also from the 2 Series lineup, the Active Tourer and the Gran Tourer. We’re talking about a front-wheel-drive platform (although not the same one) whereas the coupe and cabriolet versions are expected to soldier on with a RWD architecture.
Latest intel suggests the higher-spec model will be offered with xDrive. The hottest of the bunch will allegedly be an M235i model with a little over 300 bhp, AWD, and an eight-speed automatic transmission as standard equipment as seen in the X2 M35i small crossover.
We’re expecting the 2 Series Gran Coupe to be shown next month, presumably in concept form, either at Auto Shanghai in China or during the New York Auto Show.
The smallest Gran Coupe from BMW is almost here:
Sporty, elegant, exclusive: The first BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe
BMW continues the current model offensive and announces innovative vehicle concept for the premium compact segment – world premiere in November 2019, worldwide market launch in the spring of 2020.
Munich. BMW consistently continues to pursue the brand’s current model offensive whilst developing an innovative vehicle concept for the premium compact segment. During the annual results press conference, BMW AG CEO Harald Krüger will announce the presentation of the first BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe. With the sporty and elegant four-door coupe, the premium automobile manufacturer is adding to its range in the compact segment a particularly designoriented model for modern, urban target groups. The concept of a four-door coupe, already successful in higher vehicle classes, will in future combine a dynamic charisma and an expressive design with a high degree of everyday suitability also in the premium compact segment. The first BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe will make its word debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November 2019, with the worldwide market launch beginning in the spring of 2020.
The BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe sets new accents in individuality, aesthetics and emotion in the premium compact segment. It combines an emotive design with sportiness and the latest innovations in operation and connectivity technology. Therefore, the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe offers the ideal prerequisites to attract new target groups to hallmark BMW driving pleasure. BMW already offers a unique range of compact models for various different requirements and target groups that is unmatched within the competitive environment. The BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe will once again create fresh impulses in this class. It builds on the latest BMW front-wheel drive architecture and shares a multitude of technological developments with the new BMW 1 Series, which will also be presented during the course of 2019.
The BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe has been conceived as a global offering that constitutes an attractive enrichment, especially for markets in which car buyers show a strong affinity for notchbacks. As an exclusive alternative to the classic saloon, the four-door coupe addresses all target groups that prefer a sophisticated design and a self-assured look in the compact segment as well.