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Old 09-30-2017, 08:58 AM   #1
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Default SPY PICS: BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe

Spy shots reveal a four-door version of the BMW 2 Series coupe being tested

New spy shots have revealed BMW is looking to beef up its 2 Series lineup with an all-new addition in the shape of a 2 Series Gran Coupe. A four-door version of BMW's baby coupe it will be a future rival for the Mercedes CLA and should arrive in 2019.

The shots taken in Germany of the camouflaged BMW reveal noticeable changes between this model and the existing 1 and 2 Series ranges. The most prominent difference is the two additional doors, making the car in question a four-door coupe, a model which is not offered in today's range.

As the Gran Coupe will launch in conjunction with the next generation 2 Series it will adopt a new exterior design over todays model - most of which is hidden under the heavy disguise. The upcoming coupe and Gran Coupe will also switch to a new front-wheel drive platform, shared with X1 SUV.

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The Gran Coupe name has already appeared in the BMW 4 Series range. In 2019 we can also expect to see an 8 Series Gran Coupe, which will serve as a more svelte and spacious alternative to the 8 Series coupe. Gran Coupe models also carry a price premium over the two-door models they are based on.

Earlier on this year, BMW released the limited edition M240i with a production run of just 750 units; indicating that the lifecycle of the current 2 Series is coming to a close.

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That thing is front wheel drive based. Thus very likely only destined for the Asian markets. LOL to only 750 M240 units as well. This article is crap.
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Old 09-30-2017, 09:13 PM   #3
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I use to be such a BMW fanboi but I find it hard to get excited about any of their new vehicles. The last vehicle they made that tickled me inner BMW boner was the 1M. I really want to like the 2 series line up but I just dont and the M3/M4 just doesn't do it for me.
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Old 10-01-2017, 10:34 AM   #5
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I use to be such a BMW fanboi but I find it hard to get excited about any of their new vehicles. The last vehicle they made that tickled me inner BMW boner was the 1M. I really want to like the 2 series line up but I just dont and the M3/M4 just doesn't do it for me.
ditto. These days you can get cars like the WRX or Golf R that are more fun and a lot less money, plus keep their value.

BMW's cheap leases kill the resale.
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Old 02-28-2019, 07:38 AM   #6
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BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe to Arrive Later This Year as 2020 Model

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There's nothing wrong with a 4x4 300-hp compact sedan, right?

Earlier this month, we spied one of BMW’s new models testing out in the cold. The M235i Gran Coupe will become the range-topper in the 2 Series Gran Coupe lineup once it debuts later this year. And, according to a new report, the small four-door coupe/sedan will be sold exclusively with all-wheel drive in the United States.

Citing “sources in Munich,” BMW Blog says the American market will be given only AWD versions of the stylish compact vehicle, at least initially. The 2 Series Gran Coupe is going to be based on an FWD-platform and will be also available with just the front axle driving the car in some markets including most of the European countries.

Our colleagues also claim the vehicle will debut later this year as a 2020 model and its premiere might come at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. We’ve seen a number of prototypes with production bodies testing on public roads which indeed hints at an imminent debut.

As far as the M235i flagship version is concerned, it will share its hardware with the X2 M35i. This means a 2.0-liter turbo engine will work under the hood generating 302 horsepower (225 kilowatts) and a peak torque of 450 Newton-meters (332 pound-feet) – or something along those numbers.

Mated to an eight-speed automatic from Aisin, the motor will send power to all four wheels thanks to BMW’s xDrive system with a torque-vectoring front axle. This powertrain configuration should enable acceleration from 0 to 62 miles per hour (0-100 kilometers per hour) in less than five seconds.

And while the 2 Series Gran Coupe will arrive at U.S. showrooms, the situation is different with the next generation 1 Series hatch. The smallest model from Bavaria won’t reach our shores at all – or at least that’s what we know so far.
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Why must all of these manufacturers call a sedan a coupe? Why can we not just call them what they are? Do they really think they are tricking people into thinking that incorrectly calling a 4 door car a coupe somehow makes it sportier?
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Usually Gran Coupe for BMW means a 5 door hatchback. I don't think it's a sedan.

It also looks like a Kia Rio or something. Meh.
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Usually Gran Coupe for BMW means a 5 door hatchback. I don't think it's a sedan.

It also looks like a Kia Rio or something. Meh.
It has 4 doors for occupants. Coupe not found.
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It has 4 doors for occupants. Coupe not found.
Yeah, I meant that BMW came up with Gran Coupe to mean a 5 door sedan, so they could avoid scary words like Hatchback.

Guess they could have said Gran Sedan, but it's too rhymey.
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My M6 Gran Coupe is a four door, not a hatch. The 4 series GC is a hatch though. That 2 series GC is hideous.
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That’s pretty awful BMW. Shame on you again.
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Good god, that car looks bland and generic as can be. I’d rather a 3 series than 2 grand coupe.
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Is this BMWs solution to the ever increasing size of the 3 series?
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Is this BMWs solution to the ever increasing size of the 3 series?
What's the over/under on how long it'll take for the 2 series to balloon and bloat to the size of the 3? It certainly didn't take long for them to fatten up the 3.
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What's the over/under on how long it'll take for the 2 series to balloon and bloat to the size of the 3? It certainly didn't take long for them to fatten up the 3.
if that happens, they would have to bring the 1 series back to take over the current 2 series space.

Bring back the 135
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if that happens, they would have to bring the 1 series back to take over the current 2 series space.

Bring back the 135
That’s the last BMW I remember desiring.
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Yeah, I meant that BMW came up with Gran Coupe to mean a 5 door sedan, so they could avoid scary words like Hatchback.

Guess they could have said Gran Sedan, but it's too rhymey.

the Gran Coupes are 4 doors built on the 2 door body. The sedans are built on a 4 door body. So basically they take a coupe, shorten the front doors (and add a b-pillar), slap on some rear doors and call it Gran coupe. The results are the sleeker roofline with less headroom for rear seat passengers compared to the normal sedan.
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the Gran Coupes are 4 doors built on the 2 door body. The sedans are built on a 4 door body. So basically they take a coupe, shorten the front doors (and add a b-pillar), slap on some rear doors and call it Gran coupe. The results are the sleeker roofline with less headroom for rear seat passengers compared to the normal sedan.
Years ago manufacturers did that all the time, and appropriately called them a sedan and a coupe... My complaint is more with the need to invent terms like "gran coupe" as if they're doing something special. It's a ****ing sedan with a liftback. It's pure semantics, but pisses me off. Like when the guys with DSG transmissions try to say their car is a manual because there's a clutch in it...
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It has been several months since BMW teased us with a shadowy image of the new 2 Series Gran Coupe, but now more details about the compact saloon have emerged. A recent interview with BMW’s chief engineer Klaus Fröhlich suggests that, contrary to previous suggestions, the new model might keep a rear-wheel drive layout.

It was previously thought that the next 2 Series, due on sale in 2020, would use an extended version of BMW’s UKL front-wheel-drive architecture shared with the 1 Series hatch and the current MINI. However, speaking at the NextGen 2019 event in Munich recently, Fröhlich suggested that it might use the brand’s CLAR underpinnings.

When questioned about the structure of the upcoming i4, Fröhlich responded, “This is our Cluster Architecture. This is in our rear-wheel drive cars; from the 2 successor [and] up to the X7.”

With the CLAR structure, the only common component is the bulkhead: the rest can be moved around to allow for varying wheelbases, track widths and floors which can accommodate batteries for electrified drivetrains. This will open up the possibility of plug-in 2 Series Gran Coupe models, too.

The 2 Series Gran Coupe will be an entirely new model for BMW, taking the place of the previous two-door model and forming part of its growing ‘Gran Coupe’ family. This will also include both the new 8 Series Gran Coupe and a 4 Series variant in 2020. This 2 Series version will act as a style-focused alternative to the recently-revealled 1 Series hatchback.

BMW 2 Series: design and platform

We’ve spied a few prototypes undergoing testing, all of which sport heavy camouflage. Our exclusive images give a better idea of how the production version will look. From the front, the 2 Series Gran Coupe will look almost identical to the 1 Series hatch, with BMW’s signature kidney grille flanked by a pair of LED headlamps.

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The 2 Series Gran Coupe’s rakish roofline separates its design from the 1 Series. It will sit between the 1 Series hatch and 3 Series saloon in terms of size, with rear legroom being more generous than BMW’s entry-level model, thanks to its slightly extended wheelbase.

Specifications for the new model are yet to be announced but, riding on CLAR will give a very wide scope for engine choices. The BMW 3 Series, for example, uses a range of four and six-cylinder engines - so the possibility of a hot M2 model cannot be ruled out in future.

Transmission options will consist of a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic, while some versions will be offered with the option of xDrive four-wheel drive.
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Dunno which car he's talking about at this point. He would certainly know better than I, but along with the previous reports, I will say that yellow car pictured above certainly doesn't look to have traditional BMW RWD proportions. I could definitely be wrong though.
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The baby Bimmer sedan is hours away.

Mercedes and Audi have been selling compact premium sedans for a number of years, but it’s only now BMW is joining the fray with the 2 Series Gran Coupe. Well, there’s the 1 Series Sedan, but it’s available in very few markets. Essentially a sedan version of the new front-wheel-drive-based 1 Series hatchback, the smallest of the “four-door coupes” from Bavaria will be unveiled later today, but not before this final batch of teaser images.

Judging by the funky pattern of the kidney grille, it appears we’re looking at the top dog in the 2 Series GC family – the M235i. BMW’s belated answer to the CLA 35 and S3 Sedan will borrow the turbocharged 2.0-liter gasoline engine from the mechanically related M135i hot hatch, so expect 302 horsepower and 332 pound-feet (450 Newton-meters) of torque.

An xDrive system will be standard, and so will an eight-speed automatic transmission. Performances should mirror those of the hatchback, therefore we’re expecting the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) to take around 4.8 seconds en route to a top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h).

The main attraction of the baby Gran Coupe will be its sleeker rear-end design compared to the regular five-door hatch, and these final teasers allow us to see the wide taillights, a trunk lid spoiler, and a set of “vents” at the corners of the rear bumper. The swoopy roofline makes it pretty obvious that BMW is going after the CLA by following the coupe-ified sedan recipe.

Following its online debut in a few hours, the UKL2-based 2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe will make its first public appearance at the Los Angeles Auto Show in the second half of November. While the 1 Series is not coming to the U.S., this one is. The M235i will be sold alongside a lesser 228i model with 231 hp and 258 lb-ft (350 Nm), with both to essentially borrow the interior cabin from the 1 Series.
Teaser: BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe to be unveiled this week

https://www.bmwblog.com/2019/10/14/t...led-this-week/

BMW has just published the first teaser photos of the upcoming BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe. The new four-door compact coupe will be unveiled tomorrow …

BMW has just published the first teaser photos of the upcoming BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe. The new four-door compact coupe will be unveiled tomorrow and it’s now featured in these teaser photos.

The four-door premium compact coupe has been rumored for years and it is now almost ready for primetime. During my June’s trip to Munich for the #NextGen event, BMW invited me to sample a nearly-ready for production 2 Series Gran Coupe model, in two guises – the 228i and the top of the line M235i xDrive.

BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe teaser 1 830x830

The 2 Series Gran Coupe will cater to customers wanting a smaller sedan than the 3 Series and in some markets, might even be a replacement for the 1 Series. It will be a front-wheel drive car at its core, but with all-wheel drive on offer as well, which is similar to what the new 1 Series brings to the table.

Design wise, the new 2 Series Gran Coupe is exactly what you’d expect from a car in this class – a compact four-door coupe with an attractive roofline, and of course, a shorter bonnet due to the FWD architecture. The front-end resembles the one seen on the new 1 Series, so not many surprises there, but with a few light touches that will differentiate it enough from its smaller brother. Just like the 1 Series’ M135i model, the M235i will have a mesh grille, as opposed to the vertical bars on the 228i.

Arguably, the rear-end is the star of the 2 Series Gran Coupe, thanks to a very sleek boot and a subtle spoiler. The car is also quite wide in the rear, so it has a great stance when seen from behind. Only for visual purposes, a set of small vents sit behind the rear wheels.

BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe teaser 3 830x830

The taillights retain the typical BMW L-shape, just not as pronounced as on larger models. They are sleek, narrowish and with some great graphics. The frameless windows certainly make the side view more attractive and it’s not a staple on BMW’s Gran Coupes.

Overall, the design of the 2 Series Gran Coupe is quite attractive and it should bring new customers to the brand. The interior is also premium enough to justify its price tag which will likely be above the 1 Series, but below the 3er.



As always, stay tuned to the BMWBLOG social media channels (IG, FB and Twitter) for additional images coming up this week.






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Ugh. Looks like they took the M2C’s awesome grille and botox’d it.
Awful.
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Ugh. Looks like they took the M2C’s awesome grille and botox’d it.
Awful.
Looks just like the new 3 Series grille without the chrome.
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More honeycomb. Lexus is the leader in this space
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