And it isn't like the 2 Series you've come to love.
The BMW 2 Series Coupe and its more performance-oriented sibling, the M2 Competition, are among our favorite driver's cars on the market today. But good things aren't meant to last forever and we knew BMW was working on a new front-wheel-drive-platformed Gran Coupe Model based on the European 1 Series hatchback. While the next-generation M2 should remain unapologetically rear-wheel-drive, the new 2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe will only be available in the US with all-wheel-drive.
The 2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe arrives with 228i xDrive and M235i xDrive trim levels. Both are powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 228 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque in the 228i and 301 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque in the M235i. Those familiar with the BMW lineup may notice these are the same figures (minus one horsepower in M235i trim) found in the X2 crossover.
Power from both engines goes out through an eight-speed automatic transmission to an xDrive AWD system. 0-60 mph in the 228i takes a respectable six seconds on the way to a top speed of 135 mph (151 mph with performance tires). Those looking for a bit more performance should opt for the M235i model. The more potent 2.0-liter mill is equipped with a reinforced crankshaft, new pistons, connecting rods, a larger turbocharger, and modified fuel injectors to boost output. All of these changes amount to a much quicker 0-60 mph time of 4.7 seconds (4.6 seconds with the optional M Performance Package's over-boost function) and a top speed of 155 mph.
BMW has also included technology from the i3 in the form of a near-actuator wheel slip limitation (ARB) system. This system precisely controls wheel slip and improves agility while helping to eliminate understeer. The ARB technology works in tandem with a Torsen limited-slip differential on the M235i model, which can split the power 50:50 between the front and rear.
BMW says the 2 Series Gran Coupe is a "low-slung, sporty four-door coupe with frameless windows and a wide stance." While we tend to agree with this description for most BMW Gran Coupe models, this one is a bit too stubby. This design looks far more charming in hatchback form and (although we hate to admit it), it looks prettier as a crossover as well. And unlike some previous BMW Gran Coupe models, this one features a regular trunk rather than a liftback, so it only offers 12 cubic feet of storage.
The 228i will be available in two standard nonmetallic paints and a choice of eight optional metallic colors. These include Alpine White, Jet Back, Black Sapphire Metallic, Melbourne Red Metallic, Mineral White Metallic, Mineral Grey Metallic, Seaside Blue Metallic, and Storm Bay. Opting for the M Sport Package unlocks two additional colors, Misano Blue Metallic and Snapper Rocks Blue Metallic. Meanwhile, the M235i model is available with all of those colors.
Inside, standard Oyster/Black Sensatec or Black Sensatec comes standard while Dakota leather finished in Magma Red, Mocha, Black with Blue highlights, Oyster, or Black are available as options. Dakota leather is standard on the M235i xDrive Gran Coupe. An M Sport steering wheel is included in the M Sport Package or as-standard on the M235i model. Illuminated trim is standard on all models while ambient lighting is available as an option on the 228i xDrive or standard on the M235i xDrive model.
The 2 Series Gran Coupe includes passive and active safety features such as adaptive cruise control with stop and go, frontal collision warning, lane departure warning, park distance control, blind-spot detection, and back-up assistant. US production will begin in November 2019 with pricing to be announced closer to the market launch.