The first-ever BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe (fuel consumption combined: 7.1 – 4.2 l/100 km [39.8 – 67.2 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 162 – 110 g/km) sees BMW bringing the four-door coupe concept that has already enjoyed great success in higher vehicle classes into the premium compact segment for the first time. This more dashing alternative to the classical sedan celebrates its arrival with a fresh dose of individuality, aesthetic appeal and emotional engagement, backed up by innovative control/operation and connectivity tech, excellent everyday usability and the dynamic capability for which BMW is renowned. The BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe will go on sale worldwide, the extrovert four-door coupe providing a particularly alluring gateway into the BMW product range.
Built exclusively in Leipzig, Germany, the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe represents the entry point to BMW ownership in the USA, and so it is fitting that the new model celebrates its world premiere at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November 2019. Around 20 per cent of 2 Series Gran Coupe models produced will find their way to the USA, while other key markets are China (from the end of 2020) with a target figure of 15 per cent and Europe, which should account for around a third of deliveries. Here, Germany (7 per cent) and Great Britain (6 per cent) are the major players. The BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe therefore has all the ingredients to fuel the enthusiasm of new, design-led customers in urban areas for BMW’s hallmark driving pleasure. It represents an appealing addition to the model line-up, in particular in markets where the sedan body style enjoys strong popularity.
The success story of four-door BMW coupes began in 2012 with the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe, which was followed two years later by the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe. The new BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe has been available since September 2019. And the market launch of the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe in early 2020 will complete the family line-up. Like its larger siblings, the 2 Series Gran Coupe reveals a strong focus on design with bold, sporty and emotionally rich lines, frameless side doors and a highly expressive, flamboyant appearance. And it combines these elements with a high level of everyday practicality, including excellent interior space and a large load compartment.
As its sporting looks imply, the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe has its sights set on establishing the dynamic yardstick in its class. The advanced BMW front-wheel-drive architecture, which the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe shares with the new BMW 1 Series along with an array of other technological developments, provides an outstanding toolkit for the job at hand. Furnished with cutting-edge chassis technology and innovative systems, e.g. in the field of control system technology, the four-door coupe raises the bar in terms of driving dynamics and agility. And in BMW M235i xDrive form (fuel consumption combined: 7.1 – 6.7 l/100 km [39.8 – 42.2 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 162 – 153 g/km*) it comes as standard with BMW xDrive all-wheel drive.
The BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe is the perfect choice for young, urban customers for whom sportiness, cutting-edge connectivity and ample on-board space rank highly. Market launch will get underway in March 2020, with prices in Germany starting at €31,950 for the BMW 218i (fuel consumption combined: 5.7 – 5.0 l/100 km [49.6 – 56.5 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 131 – 114 g/km*), €39,900 for the BMW 220d (fuel consumption combined: 4.5 – 4.2 l/100 km [62.8 – 67.3 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 119 – 110 g/km*) and €51,900 for the rangetopping BMW M235i xDrive.
Dynamically stretched silhouette with exclusive details
BMW is transferring its successful Gran Coupe concept from the BMW 6 Series, BMW 4 Series and BMW 8 Series ranges into the premium compact class for the first time. The new BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe seamlessly reprises the elegant, premium aesthetic championed by its larger stablemates and adds exclusive details such as contoured kidney grille bars with an eye-catching indentation, a mesh grille for the flagship BMW M235i xDrive and, most strikingly, the all-new design of the rear lights, which extend well into the centre of the rear end. They hand over to a High-gloss Black band, which runs up to and encircles the centrally located BMW badge. This combination of the rear lights and connecting element makes a horizontal statement and accentuates the width of the rear.
Classical coupe silhouette with frameless side doors
The standout characteristic of the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe is its dynamically stretched silhouette which, like the frameless side windows for the four doors, is lifted from the classical coupe blueprint. The 2 Series Gran Coupe measures 4,526 millimetres in length and 1,800 millimetres in width, but stands just 1,420 millimetres tall. Despite its low-slung, sporty appearance, passengers are well catered for space-wise, thanks to the 2,670-millimetre wheelbase. Plus, the 430-litre load compartment can be expanded in various ways. All of this significantly increases the car’s range of applications day in, day out. Large surfaces and the use of just a small number of crisp lines provide the latest evidence of the new BMW design language at work.
Low, wide, sporty
The BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe has a sporty, low and broad-set stance on the road. Its confident appearance stems from the dynamic front end with its fresh interpretation of classical BMW icons. The slightly angled headlights with prominent BMW four-eyed face draw attention to the familiar BMW kidney grille. As on BMW coupes from higher up the model ladder, the grille takes the form of a large and connected element, as well as spreading out further to either side. In a styling tweak unique to the premium-compact four-door coupe, the kidney bars are contoured, an eye-catching vertical indentation in the bars providing a three-dimensional effect when the kidney bars are specified in Aluminium satinated. An exclusive visual identifier of the line-up’s sporting flagship – the BMW M235i xDrive – is its striking grille design with pronounced threedimensional mesh in place of the classical bars. The mesh design is inspired by racing cars and brings extra depth and perceived quality to the front end. The outer air intakes are also larger on the BMW M235i xDrive.
LED headlights fitted as standard
The BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe is equipped as standard with full-LED headlights, which lend the car an extremely modern expression. The transparent, hexagonal tubes of the daytime driving lights form a precise and technically striking interpretation of the signature BMW four-eyed front end. The “eyebrow” turn-signal indicators emphasise the width of the car, while the set-back headlight tubes exude dynamic performance. The upper section of the headlight housing has an aluminium look beneath the glass cover, while on the side is “BMW LED” lettering. The full-LED headlights can also be specified as an option in adaptive form.
Flowing roofline and prominent shoulders
Precise lines in the flanks of the new BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe, creating a fascinating interplay of light and shade, emphasise the agile proportions and hallmark elegance of a modern BMW coupe. The roofline has a graceful flow, the long window graphic visually reduces the weight over the rear end and, further down, the shoulderline extending well back to the rear has an elongating effect on the body. In addition, a distinct side taper at the C-pillar injects a feeling of sportiness into the shoulder section above the powerfully contoured rear wheel arches. This also highlights the width of the car when viewed from the rear and gives it a broad stance on the road. The slim, horizontally extending rear lights reinforce this impression, especially in tandem with the High-gloss Black element connecting the two-section lights at the centrally positioned BMW badge. Like the headlights, the rear lights are full-LED as standard. They provide an all-new take on the familiar BMW “L” shape with a single slim light element and a distinctive sweep to the side. Arranged around this element behind the red glass cover are the turn signal repeater, brake light and taillight, reversing light and rear fog light. The pared-back overall look lends the rear end a classy sense of modernity also exuded by the elaborately shaped tailgate with four-piece styling. Chrome exhaust tailpipes with a diameter of 90 millimetres (the BMW M235i xDrive has striking free-form pipes) set the seal on the sporting aesthetic.
Up to 19-inch light-alloy wheels and large panoramic roof
All variants of the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe will be fitted with light-alloy wheels with a diameter of at least 16 inches (entry-level model). Luxury Line and Sport Line cars come with 17-inch light-alloy wheels, the M Sport model and BMW M235i xDrive are fitted ex-factory with polished 18-inch light-alloy wheels, and polished light-alloy wheels with a 19-inch diameter are available as an option. A large panoramic roof is also available as an option. Featuring an infinitely variable outward-opening action and electrically actuated ventilation mode, the panoramic roof has a glass area of some 0.7 square metres. The opening in the headliner measures 74 x 72 centimetres and has an electrically operated roller blind to provide shading. A favourable acoustic environment can be maintained with the roof open thanks to a net wind deflector and a comfort position for the glass roof panel which keeps wind noise to a minimum.
Classy looks and ample space
The interior of the first ever BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe combines sporting flair with exquisite materials and a use of space designed with both family life and long-distance journeys in mind. Innovative detail solutions such as the backlit trim strips underscore the modernity of the four-door coupe, while the interplay of different graining effects and texture elements behind the steering wheel, on the instrument panel and on the doors underscores the impression of dynamism and quality. Practical stowage areas further enhance the comfort and convenience factor. The various controls are geared squarely to the driver and grouped clusters make for easy operability. Access to the optional infotainment offering provided by the new BMW Operating System 7.0 – with optional gesture control – is via a large display grouping whose two large screens are available with a diagonal of up to 10.25 inches (with the BMW Live Cockpit Professional).
Generous rear kneeroom and a large load compartment
The BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe belies its elegant coupe form with generous levels of cabin space – for which the car’s front-wheel-drive architecture (with transverse-mounted engines and a lower centre tunnel) can take a lot of credit. Rear passengers will be welcomed by significantly easier entry and 33 millimetres of extra kneeroom over the BMW 2 Series Coupe. The seating position is 12 millimetres higher and there is 14 millimetres more headroom when the optional panoramic roof is specified. The boot holds 430 litres of gear (40 litres more than the two-door coupe) and this can be expanded further by folding down the 40/20/40 split rear seat backrest. The rear bench can be released fully from the load compartment. The tailgate opens automatically at the press of a button or – if the optional Comfort Access is specified – with the wave of a foot.
A cockpit focussed squarely on the driver
The BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe showcases itself as a genuine driving machine. The driver looks straight out to the (up to 10.25-inch) Info Display instrument cluster. The likewise 10.25-inch high-resolution Control Display is centrally mounted, touch-sensitive and angled towards the driver in customary BMW fashion; it is positioned perfectly in their line of sight. Together, the two screens form the BMW Live Cockpit Professional, a large display grouping which the driver can configure to their individual requirements. The full-colour 9.2-inch BMW Head-Up Display (optional) supplies the driver with information without requiring them to take their eyes off the road. The driver-focused layout is enhanced visually by trim strips which run towards the driver and by different graining effects and textures on the instrument panel and behind the steering wheel. Technical Orbis graining is used on the driver’s side in the cockpit area while leather-like Verona graining features on the passenger side, the two separated by contrast diagonal stitching, depending on the equipment line specified.
BMW Live Cockpit in modern design.
The base BMW Live Cockpit and BMW Live Cockpit Plus including Navigation, intelligent voice control and Apple CarPlay preparation both have two classic analogue dials and a 5.1-inch, 4:3 portrait-format screen which displays information such as the car’s speed, the status of the driver assistance systems and navigation instructions.
The form and arrangement of the digital BMW Live Cockpit Professional reference the signature BMW four-eyed face at the front end of the car. The rev counter runs anti-clockwise and, like the speedometer, has a new, up-to-date design. The space in the centre of the display shows navigation instructions, the current location of the vehicle and relevant information about the surrounding area for the rest of the journey. Alternatively, Assisted Driving View uses sensors integrated into the car to depict the area around it in real time; colour accents highlight activated driver assistance functions, such as the lane control assistant or Active Cruise Control (ACC). The displays showing the entertainment and radio station listings, the navigation and orientation maps and the new onboard computer read-out can be configured by the driver according to taste. The layout of content on the central Control Display, which is optimised for touch control but can also be specified with optional gesture control, can be personalised by adjusting the configuration of two to four pads per page. The pads at the highest level of the display show real-time data, so that the most important information can be absorbed at a glance.
As well as determining the colour and display content of the BMW Live Cockpit Professional, the Driving Experience mode selected now repeats the trick for the Control Display, creating a consistent appearance. Among the special details benefiting from this change is the personalised Welcome Scenario, with which the BMW Live Cockpit Professional greets the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe driver. This feature can now include, as an option, the actual colour and equipment line of the car they are driving. The same goes for the display when calling up information on fuel consumption or fuel level via the “Car” menu item.
Wide choice of seats and upholstery
There are three different front seats and a broad selection of covers – from cloth to leather – for the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe. In base specification, the seats are upholstered in Anthracite-coloured Grid cloth. Options include sports seats with covers in Cloth/Sensatec and Sensatec in Black or Oyster (not available in Germany), or part-perforated Dakota leather in Magma Red with grey accents. Dakota leather with part-perforation in Black with grey highlights, Mocha with walnut-coloured accents and Oyster with grey highlights can also be ordered for the sports seats and standard seats. Sport Line cars include sports seats with Cloth/Sensatec covers in Anthracite with grey highlights, or the highlights can also be specified in Orange as an option. The sports steering wheel in Sport Line cars has a decorative aluminium-look insert. The sports steering is also included in the Luxury Line model, whose standard seats or optional sports seats are upholstered in Dakota leather. Standard features of the M Sport model and the BMW M235i xDrive are the M Sport steering wheel and the Trigon/Sensatec sports seats in Black or a variant with special BMW M piping and contrast blue stitching. M Sport seats with upholstery in Trigon cloth and Alcantara, plus integral head restraints and extendable seat cushions, can be ordered as an option for the M Sport model and BMW M235i xDrive. The M Sport seats are also available with perforated Dakota leather in Black or Magma Red, plus grey contrast stitching in each case.
MODEL VARIANTS AND EQUIPMENT LINES
The freedom of choice: from luxurious to sporty
Luxurious or sporty – the dynamic new BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe offers customers an array of individualisation options in the form of a basic variant and five other equipment lines. The Luxury Line model focuses primarily on comfort and the sophisticated looks of the elegant four-door premiumcompact coupe. And there are three levels of sporting focus, the Sport Line and M Sport models leading up to the flagship BMW M235i xDrive.
An overview of the various models:
Basic and Advantage models
The basic version of the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe already captures the imagination with its dynamically drawn lines. The BMW kidney grille surround comes in High-gloss Chrome, while the grille bars have a High-gloss Black painted finish. The front air intakes and window graphic surround in matt Black provide an appealing contrast. The exterior mirror caps and rear apron are painted in body colour. The Advantage model adds Park Distance Control (PDC), extended storage and cruise control with brake function (DCC) to the basic variant. These functionally effective equipment features are already included in the other models.
Sport Line model
The BMW kidney grille surround of Sport Line cars is also in gleaming Chrome, while the grille bars, the air intakes in the front apron and – as a no-cost option – the exterior mirror caps come in High-gloss Black. The window graphic surrounds are in BMW Individual High-gloss Shadowline, with a rear apron finished in Black.
Luxury Line model
Design elements in Aluminium satinated underscore the exclusive character of the Luxury Line. These include the BMW kidney grille bars and window graphic. The air intakes feature special trim in Aluminium satinated and High-gloss Black, the mirror caps are painted in body colour.
M Sport model
The M Sport option takes the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe closer stylistically to the range-topping BMW M235i xDrive. Particularly eye-catching are the front apron with specially moulded air intakes and High-gloss Black trim elements, as well as the BMW M rear apron in Dark Shadow. Larger outlets channelling air from the rear wheel arches are also integrated into the rear bumper. As on Luxury Line cars, the BMW kidney grille surround is in Chrome, the grille bars are in Aluminium satinated and the mirror caps are painted in body colour. The window graphic surrounds have BMW Individual high-gloss Shadow Line trim.
BMW M235i xDrive
Exclusive visual cues and colour accents in Cerium Grey reinforce the status of the BMW M235i xDrive as the sporting flagship of the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe range. This is the only model variant to feature a distinctive mesh design for the BMW kidney grille. The grille surround and three-dimensional mesh elements are in Cerium Grey, as are the additional bespoke bars in the outer air intakes and mirror caps. The other areas of the exterior mirrors and the BMW M rear apron come in High-gloss Black, and the window graphic surround adopts BMW Individual High-gloss Shadowline trim. The twin tailpipes with free-form embellishers and BMW M rear spoiler in body colour on the tailgate ensure the rear of the car cuts a striking figure.