While BMW planned to show us the new 2-Series Gran Coupe later tonight, the interwebs had a different idea and spoiled the surprise.
Posted on the 2addicts forum, the images reveal the entry-level sedan will have an aggressive front fascia with a prominent grille and sweptback headlights. Further below, we can see large air intakes typical of an M Performance model.
The sporty styling continues further back as the M235i has lightweight alloy wheels which are backed up by a high-performance braking system with blue calipers. The model also has prominent character lines, contrasting mirror caps and aerodynamic side skirts. Other notable features include a rakish windscreen, an upward sweeping beltline and a steeply sloping roof that will likely limit rear seat headroom.
Continuing to the rear, the M235i has a ventilated bumper and a dual exhaust system with tips on either side of a small diffuser. We can also see slender taillights and a tacked on rear spoiler.
Unsurprisingly, the interior largely carries over from the 1-Series. Full details will be announced later tonight, but we can expect a digital instrument cluster and an infotainment system with displays that measure up to 10.25-inches diagonally. We can also see illuminated trim, gloss black accents and familiar switchgear. The range-topping M235i adds a handful of unique styling details including alloy pedals and a leather-wrapped M steering wheel.
Under the hood, we can expect an assortment of different engines. In the United States, there will be 228i and M235i variants which both come standard with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. The 228i is slated to have around 228 hp (170 kW / 231 PS) and 258 lb-ft (349 Nm) of torque, while the M235i should boast 302 hp (225 kW / 306 PS) and 332 lb-ft (450 Nm) of torque.
While US-spec models will come with all-wheel drive, the 2-Series Gran Coupe is actually based on the front-wheel drive UKL platform. Fans have already complained about this decision, but the company has previously said the car will deliver a typical BMW driving experience.
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