All-New BMW 2 Series Spied On California Highway

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It should be a much more likable car than the new 4 Series.

When we said goodbye to the E46 BMW 3 Series in the mid-2000s, it felt like the end of an era. It was the last 3 Series with genuinely classic styling, only naturally-aspirated gas engines, and an old-school but refreshingly simple control layout before iDrive arrived.

There's that same sense of wanting to hang onto the current 2 Series Coupe for as long as possible. Unlike many other new BMWs, it looks good, doesn't feel overly sanitized from behind the wheel, and sends power to the right axle. A new spy video of a camouflaged 2 Series Coupe indicates that we may not have to fear this new small BMW, though.

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In October last year, the 2 Series was spotted at the Nurburgring and the latest video confirms that the offensive grille on the bigger 4 Series won't make it onto the 2. Rather, there appears to be a more traditional, horizontal kidney grille that looks proportional to the coupe's dimensions.

Unlike the new 2 Series Gran Coupe that we never really warmed to, the 2 Series Coupe will be offered with a rear-wheel-drive layout that should see it retain the sparkling dynamics of the current generation. Other little details seen in the latest clip - apparently filmed in California - include new door handles, a power bulge on the hood, and dual tailpipes at the back.

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The taillight clusters appear to be less stretched than those on the new 4 Series. Last year, very authentic-looking spy shots of the new 2 Series' head- and taillights gave us our best look yet of the new coupe. While somewhat controversial, it looks as if this will once again be one of the better-balanced BMWs from a styling perspective.

The cabin has also been spied previously and will be familiar to anyone who has sat inside the 3 Series. Here's hoping that the new 2 Series Coupe retains the driving enjoyment of the current version while not chasing too many people away with its fresh new look.

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