2020 BMW 2-Series Gran Coupe Shows Up In M240i M Performance Guise Snow Drifting

The 2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe has been spotted once again, this time on film during cold weather testing. The blue brake calipers, big wheels, and trapezoidal dual exhausts hint at this particular prototype being the M240i M Performance version. The new video and images have been added to below. (Update 3/15/2019)

It’s been more than a year since we spotted the first BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe prototypes, with only one other sighting reported in January of 2018.

So what happened since then? Well, the first ever 2 Series Gran Coupe has been spotted again recently featuring significant updates. As you can see in the photos, the Mercedes CLA rival is now wearing its production bodywork, although we can’t make much of it because of the heavy camouflage.

Furthermore, the prototypes also feature what appear to be production-ready headlights and taillights. The light units are still partially covered, of course, but they allow us to add some more pieces to the 2 Series Gran Coupe puzzle.

At the front, the headlights appear to have a teardrop shape and feature the familiar hexagonal rings. As for the taillamps, they definitely use LEDs, but their shape is a bit hard to decipher right now.

First rumored to feature a rear-wheel-drive platform, the 2 Series Gran Coupe has adopted the front-wheel-drive architecture of the upcoming 1 Series family. Of course, the xDrive AWD system will be offered as an option or as standard with the most powerful engines. BMW is said to have ditched plans for a RWD layout because that would have made the car too expensive and too similar to the 3 Series.

The 2 Series Gran Coupe is approximately 4.5-meters (177.1 inches) long, roughly the same length as the current 2 Series Gran Tourer. Bridging the gap between the 1 Series Sedan and 3 Series Sedan, the 2 Series Gran Coupe is also BMW’s answer to the upcoming Mercedes-Benz CLA.

When the 2 Series Gran Coupe debuts sometime next year, it will offer a range of 1.5-liter three-cylinder and 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines. Unlike the current 2 Series Coupe and Cabriolet, the five-door model won’t offer six-cylinder power plants.

The range-topping M235i (or M240i according to some sources), likely the one you see in these shots, will use the 2.0-liter turbo-four that recently debuted in the X2 M35i. As a result, the M235i Gran Coupe will offer 302 hp (306 PS) and 332 lb-ft (450 Nm) of torque.

 

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Photo credits: CarPix | S. Baldauf/SB-Medien for Carscoops

  • salamOOn

    even with those camo stickers its already vissible that this will look better than a new CLA….

    • Bash

      In my mind, everything looks better than the CLA.

      • Jason Panamera

        A Class sedan looks better than CLA.

        • Bash

          I agree. just add the word -Even- at the beginning of your sentence.

  • donald seymour

    I’m genuinely lost the placement of these lineup for this generation.

  • Pedro Batista Corrêa Gomes

    BMW line up is SO CONFUSING, hahah

  • Kyle Newberry

    One of my friends has a 4 series Grand Coupe, and they are pretty awesome. THis would be a cool option compared to a 3 series sedan.

    • Benjamin B.

      The new 2-series will be FWD only

  • SteersUright

    Proportions look more Hyundai than BMW. Probably the FWD architecture.

  • Kagan

    Shouldn’t be hard to beat cla!

  • SteersUright

    For a “gran coupe” this thing looks like a simply, ugly, typical awkwardly designed FWD compact/mid-size. Then again, so does the CLA and less so, the A3.
    All I care about is, does the arrival of this thing mean the eventual demise of the RWD M240i or will this awesome little coupe live on and get a new version based of the all-new 3-series chassis?

  • Yishay

    Over kill

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