By LARRY LEE
17 October 2019
At launch BMW will offer three versions the 2 Series Gran Coupe(GC).
There will initially be three variants of the 2 Series Gran Coupé. The entry-level 218i features a 138bhp, 1.5-litre petrol unit and the 220d is powered by a 188bhp, 2.0 diesel. The 218i gets a seven-speed automatic gearbox but other models have an eight-speed auto.
The range-topping M235i xDrive (pictured here) gains all-wheel drive along with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder twinturbo petrol engine producing 302bhp. BMW claims a 0-100kmh time of 4.9sec with a limited top speed of 250kmh.
The 2 Series Gran Coupé has the same mechanical underpinnings as the 1 Series, with the M235i featuring a Torsen limited-slip differential, BMW’s ARB traction control system, M Sport brakes and extra bracing for stiffness. The new four-door coupé is 4526mm long and 1800mm wide, making it 94mm longer and 26mm wider than the 2 Series Coupé, although the 2670mm wheelbase is 20mm shorter. It is 183mm shorter and 27mm narrower than the current 3 Series.
The 2 Series Gran Coupé gets its own version of BMW’s kidney grille, which is wider than the one on the 1 Series and designed to reflect those used on other Gran Coupé models. It features horizontal slats on lower-end models and a mesh grille on the M235i. The range-topping model also has enlarged air inlet surrounds, along with bespoke rectangular exhausts at the back.
LED lights are standard front and rear and are designed to slightly wrap around the corner edges of the car. The side of the bodywork features two ‘character lines’ to add a sculpting effect. Wheels range in size from 16in to 19in, although 17in will be the smallest size offered.
At the rear, BMW’s designers have used horizontal lines and positioned the numberplate low down to make the vehicle appear wider and lower. The wide tailgate opening is both to add character and to increase access to the 430-litre boot, which features a two-step design with a lower storage section to boost practicality, along with a 40/20/40 folding rear bench.
Buyers of the 218i and 220d get front-wheel drive while the M235i is all-wheel drive. But this is no ordinary xDrive system, BMW says. The 2 Series borrows traction tech from its i3 hybrid, particularly the near-actuator wheel slip limitation system. It manages slip by applying light braking to the inner wheels and works together with the standard xDrive all-wheel-drive system to improve grip.
The M235i, naturally, is the sportier of the three models. It offers additional bracing, a standard sport suspension system that reduces the ride height by 10 millimetres, and an optional dynamic damper control system with two settings: Comfort and Sport. The M235i also gets sharper M Sport steering and grippier 235/35R 19-inch performance tyres wrapped around multi-spoke wheels as an option. A set of 18 inchers are standard on the M235i.
Of course, the 2 Series GC personifies the term “four-door coupe” with styling elements like flared haunches in the rear, a sloping roofline, frameless windows, and LED running lights. Inside, it's all upscale. The optional BMW Live Cockpit carries over, and includes a 10.3-inch touchscreen, a matching 10.3-inch digital instrument cluster, and active safety features like lane-keep assist and adaptive cruise control. There's also an optional 9.2-inch head-up display.
Available to order now priced from just SGD153,800 with Singapore deliveries in March 2020
2020 BMW 2 Series GC VS MERCEDES CLA Coupe
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