New BMW 2-series: four-door Gran Coupe snapped

Published: 18 July 2019

► BMW confirms new 2-series
► Four-door Gran Coupe coming
► Will be revealed in November 2019

We've already had a few teaser images of the new BMW 2-series Gran Coupe, but now our spy photographers have snapped the baby four-door testing ahead of its LA motor show reveal. 

If you think this will be a smaller 4-series Gran Coupe – 10 points to you. You certainly won't confuse this for the 2-series Gran Tourer, as that’s a seven-seat people mover. The 2-series Gran Coupe is an altogether more agile thing. 

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 new BMW 2-series family?

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.

BMW 2 series gran coupe spy shot

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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