Here's what you will pay for 301 horsepower.
After many years of only offering the 2 Series as a rear-wheel-drive based coupe or convertible, BMW finally caved into the pressure of offering a front-wheel-drive entry-level sedan to compete against Mercedes-Benz and Audi. Called the 2 Series Gran Coupe, BMW has already announced it will be offered in two trim levels for the US market, both of which will come with all-wheel-drive as standard.
The 2 Series Gran Coupe has already entered production and BMW has even posted a configurator for the UK market though strangely, pricing in the US has remained a mystery. Until now. BMW has just revealed pricing for the 2 Series Gran Coupe and although it is cheaper than the equivalent X2, it does cost a bit more than the base Mercedes-Benz CLA.
Pricing for the 228i xDrive Gran Coupe starts at $37,500 plus a $995 Destination fee. This gets you a 228 horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission good for 0-60 mph in 6.0 seconds. BMW does offer a FWD X2 sDrive28i for $36,400 but the equivalent xDrive28i model with AWD is a bit more expensive than its sedan counterpart at $38,400.
If you want the faster M235i xDrive Gran Coupe, it starts at $45,500 (plus $995 destination fee). For your extra $8,000, the 2.0-liter four-pot is tuned up to 301 hp and the 0-60 mph time drops to 4.6 seconds. As with the less powerful model, the equivalent X2 M35i is a tad pricier at $46,450.
The Mercedes CLA is the 2 Series Gran Coupe's closest rival and it starts at $36,650 for the base CLA 250 model with FWD. This is a bit less than the BMW but if you want the AWD CLA 250 4Matic model, the Mercedes is actually more expensive at $38,650. It is also worth noting the CLA only produces 208 hp from its 2.0-liter four-cylinder, which is 20 hp less than the BMW. With production already underway, BMW is targeting a market launch of March 2020.