BMW is currently developing a 2 Series Gran Coupe that will rival the Mercedes-Benz CLA and Audi A3 sedan. Our spy photographers have captured a 2 Series Gran Coupe test mule conducting cold weather testing. Here’s what we know.
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A new 4-door BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe is in the works and is expected to go on sale in 2019 with a possible debut rumoured for late in 2018. It will slot in below the 3 Series in BMW’s lineup and will be offered primarily as a front-wheel-drive model, but BMW’s xDrive all-wheel system may be offered as an option too. The model will be built on BMW’s front-wheel drive UKL platform that will underpin the next 1 Series.
The test mule you see here is heavily wrapped in camouflage but it’s clear that the front-end will feature an assertive grille with large air intakes. Its sloping roofline and short rear overhang further add to the overall design. The blue brake callipers and twin exhaust system further suggest that this mule is of a higher pedigree.
In terms of engines, we speculate that the 2 Series Gran Coupe will likely be powered by 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder engines in both turbopetrol and turbodiesel guise and with a 3-cylinder 1.5-litre turbopetrol engine also being a possibility for select markets. The details at this point become juicy as the spy photographers claim that this model you see here had big exhausts and blue brakes, signifying a performance version.
Let's cut straight to the point. It's looking increasingly likely that BMW will be making an M240i or even an M2 GranCoupe to rival the Audi RS3 sedan and Mercedes-AMG CLA45. There's talk of BMW using a new front-wheel-drive platform for the next generation of its compact hatchbacks, but we'd expect the M Performance version to retain its rear-wheel drive.