It’s no secret that BMW plans to expand is lineup of Gran Coupe models with the smallest model yet.
The first ever such model will be based on the FWD/AWD platform that also underpins the recently-unveiled new 1-Series hatchback. In keeping with BMW’s nomenclature, the model will be called the 2-Series Gran Coupe and will represent the Bavarians’ answer to the 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLA.
We’ve seen several camouflaged prototypes over the past two years, but this latest sighting is the most revealing of all. That’s because BMW has switched from monochromatic camouflage to a colored layout that also includes a QR code and a link to the automaker’s website, from which we learn that the car will be revealed on July 24.
We’re obviously looking at the finished item here and there are quite a few design similarities with the new 1 Series, like the headlights, grille and front bumper, as well as the side profile from the nose to the rear doors.
The rear end is its most distinctive part and features horizontal LED taillights with a bar that unites them with the BMW roundel. The bumper looks sporty and has a diffuser in the middle flanked by two wide exhaust pipes.
Taking into account the sharp side skirts, kidney grille mesh and aggressive looking front bumper, this is most likely the range-topping M235i xDrive. That means it packs a 2.0-liter turbocharged four making 306 PS (302 hp) and 450 Nm (332 lb-ft) of torque.
This engine is mated as standard to an eight-speed Steptronic Sport automatic transmission and xDrive all-wheel drive. The M135i xDrive manages to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.8 seconds and hit a top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph), so we can expect similar figures for the M235i as well.
The rest of the engine lineup will be shared with the 1-Series and will consist of three- and four-cylinder gasoline and diesel units with outputs ranging from 116 PS (114 hp) to 306 PS (302 hp). Since the model will be unveiled next week, an official world debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show looks almost certain.