2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe Is Coming For Merc’s CLA As Your Economy Sports Sedan

Sedans might be a far cry from the dominant force they once were having fallen victims to the popularity of crossovers and SUVs, but BMW still thinks they’re worth their time. In fact, they believe in them so much so that they’ve expanded their range with not one but two premium small sedans, as after the four-door 1-Series, they’re now presenting the sportier 2 Series Gran Coupe.


And unlike the 1-Series sedan that’s not available on our shores (though, it did arrive in Mexico), this one will be sold in America and Canada, among other global markets, in 228i xDrive and M235i xDrive forms.

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The first two things you’ll need to know about the 2 Series Gran Coupe (GC) is that it’s a direct competitor to the Mercedes-Benz CLA and that it’s not related to the rear-wheel drive 2-Series Coupe and Convertible, but to the front-wheel drive 1-Series hatchback launched earlier this year, as well as the latest X1 and X2 crossovers. However, while other markets will get both FWD and AWD models, Americans will only get the xDrive all-wheel drive versions of the 2 GC.

About those looks

Even though BMW’s designers tried their best to draw (and apply) inspiration from the larger, more premium and sexier 8 Series Gran Coupe, there’s so much you can do with a car that has its roots on a front wheel drive hatchback as we’ve seen so many times in the past. The end result is a taller than usual body for a supposedly low-slung four door coupe model, not to mention awkward proportions from most angles that both affect its stance.

The Gran Coupe’s elongated profile measures 178.5 in. (4,526 mm) in length, 70.9 in. (1,800mm) in width and 55.9 in. (1,420mm) in height, with a 105.1 in. (2,670mm) wheelbase. You also get 15.1 cu.ft (430 litres) of boot capacity that can be further expanded thanks to the 40/20/40 split rear seat backrest.

A familiar place inside

Well, familiar if you live in a country that gets the new 1-Series hatch, that is, as the dashboard is common on the two models, as are other details in the cabin. Some notable highlights include a digital instrument display and the option of a 10.25in touchscreen that’s slightly tilted towards the driver and a 9.2in head-up display that supplies the driver with information without requiring them to take their eyes off the road.

As with the bigger 3-Series Sedan, the smaller Gran Coupe will be available with the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant that allows the driver to access various vehicle functions and obtain information simply by speaking. For example, you can say “Hey BMW, take me home” to operate the navigation system or “Hey BMW, I’m cold” which will prompt it to adjust the temperature inside the car accordingly and switch the seat heating on.

Even the base 228i gets plenty of standard kit ranging from sports leather steering wheel, park distance control, rear view camera, LED headlights and fog lamps to power front seats, Dynamic Cruise Control and Apple CarPlay compatibility.

Numerous safety features will be standard too, including Frontal Collision Warning with City Collision Mitigation Function, Active Blind Spot Detection and Lane Departure Warning system with active lane return that operates from 43 – 150mph (70 to 240km/h).

As for those delicious looking alcantara sport seats in the pictured M235i, those are for the European market, as the North American models will come with standard Oyster/Black Sensatec or Black Sensatec (BMW lingo for faux leather) on the 228i xDrive Gran Coupe or optional Dakota leather in either Magma Red, Mocha, Black with Blue highlights, Oyster or Back, and standard Dakota leather on the M235i xDrive Gran Coupe.

What are the power options in America?

At launch, Americans will get the same powertrains as the X1 and X2. The entry-level 228i xDrive comes with a 2.0-liter turbo four making 228 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque paired to an 8-speed automatic and all-wheel drive. 0-60mph is dispatched in 6.0 seconds while the 228i xDrive reaches an electronically limited top speed of 130 mph (209 km/h) when the vehicle is equipped with all-season tires and 151 mph (243 km/h) when fitted with performance tires.

Moving up to the sportier M235i xDrive gets you a tuned version of the 2.0L four delivering 301 hp between 5,000 and 6,250 rpm and 332 lb-ft of torque from 1,750 to 4,500 rpm, again paired to an eight-speed auto and standard AWD. BMW claims a swift 4.7 seconds for the 0-60mph (96km/h) or 4.6 seconds with the optional M Performance Package’s overboost function, and a top speed of 155 mph (250km/h) when equipped with performance tires.

The M235i gets an assortment of other goodies like M Sport body kit and interior, 18-inch wheels, upgraded suspension, steering and brakes, and a Torsen front axle limited slip differential.

And in Europe?

Europeans will eventually get a much greater selection of models and powertrains, but at launch, aside from the M235i xDrive, the range will comprise of the gasoline-fueled 218i with a 140hp 1.5L 3-cylinder turbo and the diesel 220d with a 190hp 2.0L four turbo.

How much will it cost?

The 2-Series Gran Coupe is BMW’s economy sedan and even though we don’t have official pricing yet, we expect it to start from the low-$30,000s and top around the mid-$40,000s in America for the two available variants, the 228i xDrive and M235i xDrive – before, of course, ticking any of the many available extras.

It will make its public debut at AutoMobility LA in November 2019 with production starting in January 2020. It will arrive in dealerships across America in March 2020.

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European specification BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe pictured

  • Dennis Scipio

    4 doors is a on a car is a sedan, not a coupe, no matter how you interpret it.

    • MRPRCAT

      Coupe = French for ‘cut’ or ‘short’. The term doesn’t actually mean anything about the number of doors.

  • Six Thousand Times

    Yes, carried over from the 1er…

  • TheBelltower

    Love the proportion and style of this sedan.

  • dolsh

    Front 3/4 view looks very Kia.

  • Ian Polo

    It looks like a KIA Cerato. New BMWs seem to have lost the design character BMWs used to have, be it interior or exterior.

  • eb110americana

    It’s probably for pedestrian impact standards, so the leading edge of the hood doesn’t cut into pedestrians once the bumper compresses. A lot of cars seem to have them these days (somehow certain crossovers/SUVs can get by without the high cutline), and it looks hideous to me as well.

    • Zandit75

      Good points!

    • driv3r

      Yep, its about pedestrian safety. Crossovers/SUVs don’t need them as their front in total is much higher therefore the front bumper works as the main impact point/area. Sportscars and compact cars have a much lower front which decreases the impact area and therefore the front bumper gets raised to a certain point into the “hood area”. Extending the hood down to the grille and designing the lower end of the hood up to pedestrian impact standards wouldn’t be financially viable in the compact car class.

    • vaybach khan

      i dont see it on sports cars or 5 series or merc..
      its on A class but much better executed, this is hideous ..

  • eb110americana

    I think it looks pretty good–until you get to the hood. The cowl height is too high, and the hood curves too much, like many Audis, so the nose looks more like Corolla. If the cowl were lower, and the hood flatter, it would improve looks a lot. If they need space for the engine, a bulge would have been much better than that rounded nose.

  • Patrick

    Reminds me of Ford Focus sedan

  • lapirk

    I just spit out my coffee. This is horrible

  • SteersUright

    Its ugly and worse yet, looks entirely like an economy car and nothing befitting a BMW badge. You’d have to be a fool to spend premium money on this crap. Lord, this is one awful looking car.

  • pcurve

    One must really want a BMW…

  • AMG44

    Nice BMW corolla

    • dumblikeyou2

      I heart you.

      • AMG44

        I heart❤️you too

  • AxlRock

    I prefer the A-Class Sedan to this. By a large margin.

  • HG504

    Looks awful, the CLA and A Class saloon look miles better. Even the Hyundai Fastback-N looks better. That design doesnt work for the small form factor.

  • EMRE IŞIKYILDIZ

    why does it look like as if the back of the car is raised?

  • Rivaldo

    If 2 series active tourer sells well, for a minivan, I don’t see why 2 series GC wouldn’t sell well too.

  • R55

    Another ugly BMW.

  • YUDHA BAGASKARA

    merc’s design is better

  • Nowan

    what about the next M2 ?

  • Jay

    Not a fan of small cars but it’s not bad looking.

  • Mark Hawthorne

    I’ve owned the original 135i Coupe and the first generation 240i Coupe. Fun to drive, great size, well built. This could be better in all those aspects but it looks like an Asian copy of a BMW. It’s so bland. The Gen 2 X1 started the blandness trend and it’s just continuing. if the cars aren’t bland they are blighted with the world’s ugliest grill. What the heck has happened in Munich? This really isn’t well done at all.

  • ME

    The metal slot grill is nicer than the M package version. Where will this be built?

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Christ, this looks depressing. The worst BMW ever to disgrace my eyes. It being an FWD sellout only multiplies the disdain I have for their new “direction” as a brand.

  • DaruniaG

    I can’t unsee that line now lol

  • Marc Gruben

    Wow! Looks like BMW and Kia are merging their grille designs. This looks very similar to the Forte and Stinger in overall shape

    • Joe E

      The Z4 is another example of the BMW-Kia merging aesthetic. Who would have ever thought?!

  • Some ol’ bloke

    A very marmite car – in the sense you either love it or you hate it

    • Croppo

      I hate it. No doubt. And everybody should hate it too.

      • Andrewthecarguy

        Hahahaha

  • DetrinKD

    It looks like they stuck the rear-end of a Coupe SUV on the back of a compact car… CLA takes the win here for sure.

    • Andrewthecarguy

      BMW cannot do what Merc does here. People see the 3 pointed star and they just buy it. BMW badge does not have the same cache unfortunately. It actually has to look good too.

  • Dennis James

    The most non-BMW looking car that BMW ever released.

    • Andrewthecarguy

      Along side the Active Tourer and Grand Tourer

  • dumblikeyou2

    Something tells me this will end up holding its value better than the 3-series.

    • Andrewthecarguy

      I highly doubt it

  • Mark Collison

    This has to be the ugliest production car BMW has ever designed

    • Honda NSX-R

      Even the 2 Series Gran Tourer looks better

      • Mark Collison

        Agreed

    • Alberto Barrales

      The 5 series GT would like to have a word with you sir.

      • Mark Collison

        Nope, not even slightly

  • Joe E

    Cadillac CT4 doesn’t look so bad all of a sudden…

  • Tumbi Mtika

    4 Series GC?

    • Ilbirs

      Thanks for reminding me. That part in which we have this:

      The 2 Gran Coupé is also the first Bimmer with a quarter window…

      Must be read as this:

      The 2 Gran Coupé is also the first Bimmer sedan with a quarter window…

      • Tumbi Mtika

        True, true.

  • ksegg

    It’s…………..really ugly. I can’t even imagine how bad the next generation M2 is going to look now.

    The car looks too……..pudgy and fat.

  • Steve Cohn

    This car is a dead ringer for the now discontinued Buick Verano.
    BMW should also have the FWD version in the U.S.
    It would still handle great & be a lower cost, but of course less profits for BMW.

  • sidewaysspin

    BMW’s used to be discreet and tasteful, now look at it, it’s kind of ridiculous with all the bling attachments.

  • Wandering_Spirit

    Korean knock-off. Sides and back are markedly Asian, not in a good way. The front is a disgrace.

  • Is it me or does that 2-series GranCoupe have some Chevy Malibu’s vibe?

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/dcda83f3787e6185ca500f18a58b81ffdb554c1ae7e22254714610d7081aaf4c.jpg

  • JRP

    I don’t understand what is wrong with this. It looks better than any previous-year BMW, which all looked so bland.

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