Just don't look for the RWD option.
As you probably know, the Germans love giving us a ton of options. Between colors, trims, optional tech packages, and how intensely you want your headlights to blind other road users, there's a bewildering number of ways to customize your latest purchase. Now, the 2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe has joined the fray, with the model's online configurator rolling out in various markets before we've even had time to fully digest that rather dramatic rear-end.
At the time of writing, BMW USA merely lists a range of exterior colors to play with, but the UK site is fully kitted out with available trims and options. While we won't necessarily get the same choices here, this configurator does give us an idea of what to expect.
In the UK, you can choose between Sport, M Sport, and M trims. There's a choice of manual, dual-clutch, and sport automatic transmissions, but to avoid extreme disappointment, don't go scratching around for a box labelled "real-wheel-drive" - it doesn't exist. The UK market will start off with the 103-horsepower 218i and stretch to the M235i xDrive with 306 hp, but the US will start off with the more powerful 228-hp 228i xDrive (would you look at that? A BMW badge that actually relates to what's happening under the hood in some plausible way!).
Cheaper trims will use a combination of cloth and Sensatec upholstery, although there is available colorful stitching that's more youthful than we typically see from BMW. You're also probably going to want to specify alloys bigger than the standard 17-inch items, which look a bit lost in the arches.
Back to the interior, if you look closely, you'll see a pair of traditional dials ahead of the driver, with BMW's Live Cockpit Professional a pricey option. A wide range of premium kit that you'll find on more expensive BMWs is also available here, from comfort access to gesture control, a head-up display, high-end sound systems, and safety gear like BMW's driving assistant. We also like the extended light package which, once again, seems to have been applied with more flair on the 2 Series Gran Coupe. Available packages are reflective of the latest generation of BMW driver-assist features and technologies, with the Technology Package including high-beam assistant, head-up-display, and an advanced parking assistant.
We configured an M235i xDrive in Black Sapphire Metallic with Magma Red leather and 19-inch alloy wheels, which we think looks pretty nifty. Again, these are UK-specific options that may or may not be available here.
With this being the smallest BMW sedan to hit the local market, the 2 Series Gran Coupe seems to be a match for the Mercedes CLA and Audi A3 sedan on the technology front. Even more intriguing - for those who miss the compact nature of the E36 and E46 3 Series models - could a generously optioned 2 Series Gran Coupe be an appealing alternative to a lower-rung 3 Series? We'll have to wait and see.