BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe launched

Coupe styling trickles down to the BMW 2 Series model line up

Reuben Van Niekerk
BMW 2 Series
BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe
BMW

The first ever BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe sees BMW bringing the four-door coupe concept that has enjoyed great success in higher vehicle classes into the premium compact segment for the first time.

The more dashing alternative to the classical sedan celebrates its arrival with a fresh dose of individuality, aesthetic appeal, and emotional engagement.

Like its four-door coupe siblings from the bigger ranges, the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe features a strong focus on design with bold, sporty and emotionally rich lines, frameless side doors and a highly expressive, flamboyant appearance. These elements are combined with a high level of everyday practicality, including excellent interior space and a large load compartment.

As its sporting looks imply, the BMW Gran Coupe establishes a new dynamic yardstick in its class. The underpinnings of this potency are provided by front-wheel-drive architecture, which the 2 Series Gran Coupe shares with that of the popular 1 Series.

The 2 Series Gran Coupe raises the bar in terms of driving dynamics and agility and is the perfect choice for young, urban customers for whom sportiness, cutting-edge connectivity and ample interior space are important.

 

Dynamically stretched silhouette

The BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe seamlessly transfers the elegant aesthetic championed by its larger stablemates into the premium compact class. Apart from the obvious dynamically stretched silhouette this model features exclusive details such as contoured kidney grille bars with an eye catching indentation, a mesh grille for the flagship BMW M235i xDrive and newly designed rear lights, which extend well into the centre of the rear end.

Despite the low-slung sporty appearance, passengers are well catered for space wise while the 430-litre load compartment can be expanded in various ways, all of which significantly increases the car’s range of applications in daily use.

 

Low, wide and sporty

The BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe has a sporty, low and broad-set stance on the road. Its confident appearance stems from the dynamic front end with its fresh interpretation of classical BMW icons. Slightly angled headlights, which feature full LED technology as standard, form the prominent BMW four-eyed face and draw attention to the familiar BMW kidney grille.

The roofline has a graceful flow, the long window graphic visually reduces the weight over the rear end and the shoulder line has an elongating effect on the body.

 

Spacious interior and driver focussed cockpit

The interior combines sporting flair with exquisite materials and a use of space designed with both family life and long-distance journeys in mind. The 2 Series Gran Coupe belies its elegant coupe form with generous levels of cabin space, welcoming rear passengers with significantly easier entry and 33 millimetres of extra knee room compared to the 2 Series Coupe.

The various controls are geared squarely to the driver and grouped clusters, such as heating, air conditioning and the different driving functions ensure ease of operation. The high-resolution control display is centrally mounted, touch-sensitive and angled towards the driver, who can configure the large screen combination to their individual requirements.

 

Five equipment lines

Customers can choose from an array of individualisation options in the form of a basic variant and five other equipment lines. These include the Luxury line and three levels of sporting focus. The M Sport model takes owners a step closer stylistically to the flagship BMW M235i xDrive, courtesy of a front apron with specially sculpted air intakes, high-gloss black trim elements and a M rear apron. Exclusive styling cues and colour accents underscore the status of the BMW M235i xDrive as the sporting spearhead in the line-up.

 

Under the bonnet

From launch this model will be available with one diesel and two petrol engines from the BMW EfficientDynamics family. The three-cylinder unit in the 218i offers 103kW while the two-litre four-cylinder diesel in the 220d offers 140kW. The line-up is spearheaded by the BMW Group’s most powerful four-cylinder engine, whose output of 225kW endows the BMW M235i xDrive with the performance that allows it to sprint from standstill to 100km/h in 4.9 seconds on its way to a top speed of 250km/h.

Power is transferred to the front wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox while the seven-speed steptronic and eight-speed steptronic sport are available as options.