After introducing new generations of the X1 and X2 crossovers, it’s now time for a new version of another small BMW.
The overall design of the new Gran Coupe appears to be evolutionary, retaining the steeply raked rear windscreen and sleek silhouette of the current car.
It appears this prototype may be wearing production tail lights. There are also quad exhaust outlets visible.
In late 2023, Kindel Auto posted images of a prototype’s interior. The image reveals a version of the BMW Curved Display, as well as the same steering wheel as the new X2.
This means the new 2 Series Gran Coupe will likely retain its front-wheel drive setup with all-wheel drive on certain variants. That’s in contrast with the unrelated 2 Series Coupe, which features a separate rear/all-wheel drive architecture.
It’s unclear what will power the new 2 Series Gran Coupe, but we expect a range of powertrains with 48V mild-hybrid assistance.
The current model is available with a choice of turbocharged three- and four-cylinder petrol engines locally. Turbo-diesel engine options are available in other markets.
The current 218i uses a 1.5-litre turbo three-pot with 103kW and 220Nm, while the 220i upgrades to a 2.0-litre turbo four with 141kW and 280Nm. Both use a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
The range is topped by the M235i xDrive, with a more powerful 225kW/450Nm 2.0-litre turbo four mated with an eight-speed automatic. It also features all-wheel drive.
The current-generation BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe was first revealed in 2019 and launched in Australia during 2020.
Last year, BMW sold 1132 examples in Australia, compared with 1755 examples of the related 1 Series hatchback.
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