Nearly a month after its official presentation, the new 2-Series Gran Coupe has entered production at Leipzig, Germany.
Joining the new-gen 1-Series, 2-Series Coupe and Convertible, 2-Series Active Tourer and M2 Competition, Munich’s challenger to the likes of the Mercedes-Benz CLA is the ninth model made at the plant from BMW’s current range.
“We are proud to produce the new four-door coupe at the Leipzig plant for the entire world market”, said factory manager Hans-Peter Kemser. “This new vehicle leads to a significant increase in volume.”
When it goes on sale next spring, the first-ever 2-Series Gran Coupe will be offered with a choice of one diesel and two petrol engines. Europeans will get the 190 HP, 2.0-liter diesel in the 220d, as well as the 1.5-liter three-pot petrol with 140 HP in the 218i. The M235i xDrive will be the range-topper, with an output of 301 HP and 332 lb-ft (450 Nm) of torque. The AMG CLA 35 rival will sprint to 60 mph (96 km/h) in as little as 4.6 seconds with the M Performance Package and max out at 155 mph (250 km/h).
On the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, Americans will be able to buy the M235i xDrive as well as the 228i xDrive, which packs a 228 HP and 258 lb-ft (350 Nm) of torque 2.0-liter turbo-four. This model does the 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) in 6.0 seconds and has a 151 mph (243 km/h) top speed.
BMW will bring the 2-Series Gran Coupe to the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show, which opens next week.