Gran coupe. The one automotive colloquialism that I can never agree that is a thing. But what the hell, it’s just marketing mambo jumbos anyways. Since it is thing (not by my choosing. I digress), I will take it that it is understood to be a sporty vehicle of higher classes.
In other words, they may be more compact than its regular counterpart, but it’s ‘grand’. However, BMW, the marque that threw us into confusion surrounding the ideology of ‘coupe’, has done it again. This time with this: the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe. Yes. Believe it. It is a small gran coupe.
Fancy marketing wordplay aside, the 2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe actually looks kinda fun, or adorable even. Love the idea. Love the sloping roofline which, btw, I prefer to call it as a fastback.
Standout features include the obvious stretched silhouette, the four frameless side windows and the rear lights extend to the center of the rear and seemly melts into a high-gloss black band which in turn runs up to and encircles the BMW badge.
The 2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe will be offered in one diesel and two petrol engines at launch: a 190 HP 4-pot diesel unit (BMW 220d), and a 140 HP 3-cylinder gasoline unit (BMW 218i) and a 306 HP 4-cylinder variety (BMW M235i xDrive).
There will be an additional 2L 4-pot unit with 231 horses, designated BMW 228i xDrive available only in stateside.
The 2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe will make its world premiere at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November 2019, but market launch will not happen until March 2020.
Prices in Germany start at €31,950 for the BMW 218i, €39,000 for the BMW 220d and the range-topper BMW M235i xDrive starts at €51,900. It is not clear how much the U.S.-only BMW 228i xDrive will cost.
There are more details in the infographics below.
All images courtesy of BMW AG.