BMW reveals 2 Series Gran Coupe
The M235i gets to 60 mph in just 4.6 seconds.
BMW has revealed the 2 Series Gran Coupe, positioned as the brand's entry-level model in certain markets and its smallest Gran Coupe.
The compact sedan has been adapted from BMW Group's small front-wheel-drive platform, taking the form of a sleek sedan with a coupe-like profile that serves as a more direct rival to the Mercedes-Benz CLA.
The 228i xDrive base model is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, delivered to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission. Drivers can expect to hit 60 mph in 6.0 seconds and reach 131 mph with all-season tires or 151 mph when the car is equipped with optional performance tires.
The range-topping M235i xDrive edition is powered by a modified version of the 2.0-liter engine, with a new turbo and other upgrades that deliver 301 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. Acceleration to 60 mph is cut to 4.7 seconds, or 4.6 seconds with the optional M Performance package, while top speed is capped at 155 mph with performance tires.
For now, there is no four-door equivalent to the M2 Competition Coupe, which rides on a rear-wheel-drive platform with a turbocharged inline-six and is nearly a half second quicker to 60 mph.
The small Gran Coupe employs the BMW i3's near-actuator wheel slip limitation (ARB) technology that positions the slip controller directly in the engine control unit. A shorter signal path reduces reaction time by a factor of 10, while working with the DSC system to reduce understeer.
The M235i package adds a standard mechanical Torsen limited-slip differential that coupes the front wheels and allows full peak torque to be used in first and second gear. The M variant also benefits from additional chassis stiffening, lowered suspension, and standard M Sport steering and brakes.Inside, the sedan aims to impress with quality materials and modern design including backlit trim and differing grain effects. Buyers can choose from several upgrades, including a Live Cockpit Pro 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster, 9.2-inch head-up display, and a 10.25-inch touchscreen mounted above the center console.
The 2 Series Gran Coupe will begin rolling off the assembly line in November. Pricing will be announced closer to launch, with a likely starting point around $35,000.