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BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe Has The Mercedes CLA In Its Sights

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We’ll get a better look at the new 2 Series Gran Coupe next week according to BMW.

Last month, BMW lifted the wraps off the gorgeous 8 Series Gran Coupe, which is hands down one of the best looking BMWs in recent years. Another Gran Coupe model is just around the corner, however, as the 2 Series is also getting the four-door coupe treatment to compete with the Mercedes CLA.

Our spies have discovered a 2 Series Gran Coupe prototype wearing a colorful body wrap instead of conventional camouflage, giving us a clear look at the stylish four-door coupe. Our attention was immediately drawn to the web address on the doors.

Accessing the website (www.bmw.com/2-series-gran-coupe) reveals a teaser website with the message: "Take a first glance at the all-new BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe from July 24th on this page." This could mean the first-ever BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe will break cover next week, but we suspect it will be a more revealing teaser since the public debut is penciled in for November at this year's 2019 LA Auto Show, while the market launch is slated for spring 2020. That said, this prototype looks practically production-ready.

The BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe will share the same platform as the new BMW 1 Series revealed back in May. Being based on this platform means front-wheel-drive will be the standard setup, but all-wheel-drive will likely be optional.

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Visually, the headlights, grille and front bumper appear to have been carried over from the M135i, so we're probably looking at a prototype of the range-topping M235i xDrive model. If this is the case, power will be sourced from the same 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine as the X2 M35i and M135i that produces 306 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque. This setup enables the M135i hot hatch to do the 0-62 mph sprint in 4.8 seconds, so the M235i should deliver similar performance, although its extra weight may slow it down slightly.

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