Because RWD coupes still matter.
We already reported that the next-generation 2 Series will remain RWD but we've yet to see what it'll look like. Until now, that is. A pair of leaked images of the new coupe's front and rear end have arrived, courtesy of wilco blok on Instagram. Although the new 2 Series pictured here, internally called G42, is mostly covered, we can still make out several design details.
First off, the kidney grille has not adapted the massive look that'll be featured on the upcoming 4 Series that'll arrive later this year. The headlights feature somewhat of a sweptback look and there are large triangular vents beneath them. If you look closely, there also appears to be an M logo on the lower radiator grille section.
So, is this the next M2? Probably not as we'd bet our money on the M Performance model, the M240i. This is further evidenced by the large dual exhaust openings out back along with a trunk lid spoiler and the "M240i' logo next to the right taillight. The next-generation M2 will probably arrive about a year after this car's debut. BMW has already begun expanding its entry-level model lineup with the all-new BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe. Well, it's actually a four-door coupe, hence the name 'Gran Coupe,' but it also differs from its coupe and convertible siblings. They're really only half-siblings because they share a number.
While the new Gran Coupe is based on a front-wheel-drive platform (though it has standard all-wheel drive), the coupe and convertible are rear-wheel-drive only.
However, there's a strong likelihood the convertible body style is being discontinued for a couple of reasons: slow sales and internal competition with the BMW Z4. It's a bit unusual for us to see a leaked image (or two in this case) of a vehicle that we've yet to see camouflaged spy shots, but we expect for those to begin arriving very soon.
BMW has not set a firm a launch date for the G42 2 Series, though sources indicate that will happen sometime in 2021.