BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe confirmed, gets UKL2 FWD platform

March 21, 2019

BMW is getting ready to unveil its first-ever 2 Series Gran Coupe to the world, and has sent out this teaser image to stir some excitement.

Set to follow in the footsteps of the 4 Series Gran Coupe and the 6 Series Gran Coupe, the 2 Series GC will showcase a cool, four-door coupe design profile. This body style hasn’t been applied to the 1 or 2 Series as yet, despite arch rival Mercedes offering the CLA for quite some time.

BMW says the new model will come in as a “particularly design-oriented model” for the urban and modern market. It says the car “sets new accents in individuality, aesthetics and emotion” for the premium compact car segment.

Underpinning the 2 Series Gran Coupe will be BMW’s latest front-wheel drive platform which will be shared with the upcoming 1 Series. This is a departure from the existing rear-wheel drive architecture applied to the 1 and 2 Series – except for the 2 Series Active Tourer (FWD).

We suspect there will be a ‘hot’ version on the way too, borrowing the 2.0-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder engine that was recently introduced with the X2 M35i. The engine in that is a tuned version of BMW’s B48 unit, enhanced by M Performance. It produces 225kW and 450Nm.

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Since the new Gran Coupe will be based on a similar platform as the X2, which uses what’s called the UKL2, it means all-wheel drive is certainly a possibility. We suspect the base models will be front-wheel drive however, to help with fuel economy.

The company confirms the 2 Series Gran Coupe will make its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November. BMW also confirms the next-gen 1 Series will “be presented during the course of 2019”.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.