The BMW 2-Series Gran Coupe will be front-wheel-drive

Spy shots reveal a distinct lack of driveshaft.

The BMW 2-Series Gran Coupe will be front wheel drive. The fastback four-door has been spied, and photos of the undercarriage show a distinct absence of a driveshaft.

It appears that BMW plans to further muddy the 2-Series lineup waters. Currently, in Europe BMW already sells the 2-Series Active Tourer, a minivan-like MPV that is front-wheel-drive. However, the BMW 2-Series Coupe is still staunchly rear- or all-wheel-drive, with a longitudinally mounted engine that many enthusiast consider the last vestige of classic BMW ethos.

As seen on spy shots published on Autoblog, the 2-Series Gran Coupe has no driveshaft, indicating a transversely-mounted engine driving the front wheels. Likely, it will be a 2.0-liter inline-four. This means BMW's luxury compact sedan falls in line with rivals like the Audi A3 and Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class, and will be a sad revelation for BMW fans hoping for a traditional rear-wheel-drive BMW sedan in this class.

The 1-Series will be the next to switch to front-wheel-drive, but reportedly BMW is committed to keeping the 2-Series Coupe and M2 rear-wheel-drive.

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