The time for the reveal of BMW’s new 2-Series Gran Coupe draws closer as test cars appear on public roads with a more eye-catching and thinner camouflage wrap.
The new images come only two days after our first scoop, giving us the best look to BMW’s smallest Gran Coupe model to date. BMW’s online campaign promises a first official glance on July 24.
The new BMW 2-Series Gran Coupe is based on the same FWD platform with the new 1-Series, and will be positioned against models like the Mercedes CLA.
Design highlights include the broad shoulders and the sharper styling up front, giving it a rather sporty presence on the road. The rear end is dominated by the slim taillights and the integrated spoiler on the boot lid.
The test car pictured here features an aggressive body kit, with sharper-looking bumpers, deeper side sills and dual exhaust pipes, leading us to believe that this is the range-topping M235i xDrive, complete with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 302hp (306PS) and 331lb-ft (450Nm) of torque.
The rest of the engine range is expected to be shared with the new 1-Series, meaning a wide selection between petrol and diesel models, with three- and four-cylinder units under the bonnet. The M235i won’t be the only all-wheel drive model in the family, as BMW is expected to offer it in the more powerful diesel models as well.
There has been a confusion around the next-generation 2-Series model recently, with some reports suggesting that the whole model family would retain BMW’s rear-drive architecture while others -including us- saying that the Gran Coupe is indeed based on the FAAR architecture.
Apparently BMW is said to have two separate plans for the 2-Series; two-door coupe and convertible versions will remain rear-driven and feature at least one six-cylinder option while the rest of the bodystyles, including the Gran Coupe, are switching sides to the more cost-efficient FWD platform.
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