► BMW confirms new 2-series
► Four-door Gran Coupe coming
► Will be revealed in November 2019
BMW has confirmed it’s building a new 2-series, and we’ll see it at the 2019 LA motor show. The first teaser has dropped already, showing off the baby four-door’s new C-pillar.
If you think this will be a smaller 4-series Gran Coupe – 10 points to you. It might be easy to confuse this for the 2-series Gran Tourer, but that’s a seven-seat people mover.
After the reveal in November 2019 in Los Angeles, the 2-series is planned to go on sale in the spring of 2020.
What do we know so far about the 2-series?
It’ll use the UKL2 front-wheel drive platform like the new 1-series, X1 and X2 SUVs and the Mini Countryman. Although it’s primarily designed as a front-wheel drive car, there will be the option of BMW’s xDrive all-wheel drive system. We’re afraid the rear-driven layout will be no more from this generation.
The BMW 2-series Gran Coupe reportedly carries the model codename F44, and will be approximately 4.5 metres in length – similar to that of the Audi A3 Saloon. While the camouflage doesn’t give much away, a ‘two-eyes’ headlamp design reminiscent of the classic BMW 2002 has been rumoured.
In a statement, BMW also makes note of ‘fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and electric power consumption figures’ have been done in the usual EU regulation format. The mention of electric consumption could hint at plug-in or electric variants. Given the 2-series will be on the same platform as the Mini Countryman, a plug-in 2er like the Countryman Cooper S E ALL4 hybrid could be offered.
Hot models to feature all-wheel-drive
The majority of the pictures in the gallery are of what appears to be a base model, but our spies have also spotted what’s believed to be a development car for the M Performance package on test, pictured below, with lower bumpers, hungrier air intakes and bigger wheels.
The car pictured is also likely to be fitted with a more powerful engine, with larger oblong exhaust outlets in place of the regular car’s round tailpipes.
Expect racier 2-series GC variants to come with xDrive-branded all-wheel drive, but not necessarily a six-cylinder engine as seen in the current BMW M140i – sadly, it’s unlikely to physically fit in a transverse, front-drive orientation.
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