BMW will bring a four-door Gran Coupe variant of the subcompact 2 Series to market in 2019, according to a report from Autocar. The new bodystyle will also spawn an M2 Gran Coupe model.
The new four-door BMW M2 Gran Coupe will better compete against the four-door Audi RS 3 and Mercedes-AMG CLA45 sedans. Like other BMW M cars, the M2 Gran Coupe will feature a longitudinally-mounted engine and rear-wheel drive.
BMW hasn’t said whether the new 2 Series Gran Coupe would offer a trunk like the midsize 6 Series Gran Coupe or a lift-back rear opening like the compact 4 Series Gran Coupe. With the next-generation BMW 3 Series sedan expected to grow in size (yet again), the new 2 Series Gran Coupe is expected to have a wheelbase between that of the 2 Series Coupe (105.9 inches) and current 3 Series sedan (110.6 inches).
The new body style is also said to debut the redesigned interior for the next-generation 2 Series coupe and convertible expected for the 2020 model year. Expect powertrain options to mimic those of other 2 Series models, including a turbocharged 1.5-liter I-3 (outside of the U.S.) and turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4 and 3.0-liter I-6 engines. Turbodiesel engines will also be offered in certain markets.
Expect six-speed manual and eight-speed automatic transmissions to back the engines. All models will be rear-drive with xDrive all-wheel drive offered on certain models.
The M2 Gran Coupe will be powered by the automaker’s 365-hp TwinPower Turbo 3.0-liter I-6. Transmission options will include a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch.
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We Hear: BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe in the Works