BMW 220i Gran Coupe announced for Australia, new mid-level variant

June 30, 2020

BMW Australia is expanding its 2 Series Gran Coupe range with the introduction of the 220i. It comes in as an intermediate variant, slotting between the existing 218i and M135i.

The new 2 Series Gran Coupe is BMW’s all-new four-door coupe model. It’s based on the company’s UKL2 platform, which is predominantly front-wheel drive like the latest 1 Series (xDrive AWD is available on some). Up until this point only two variants were available in Australia; the entry 218i featuring a 1.5-litre turbo three-cylinder (103kW/220Nm), and the M135i performance version using a 2.0-litre turbo with all-wheel drive (225kW/450Nm).

Now, buyers can opt for the medium-level 220i. It comes with a 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder engine that produces a respectable 141kW of power and 280Nm of torque. This is fed through a seven-speed dual-clutch auto transmission with front-wheel drive. BMW claims 0-100km/h takes 7.2 seconds, which is very near proper hot-hatch speed. Fuel consumption figures for Australia haven’t been confirmed yet.

The 220i Gran Coupe comes with the M Sport pack as standard in Australia, showcasing 18-inch M Light alloy wheels in 819 M Bicolour design, a discreet aero package including unique front and rear bumper bars, along with sports seats inside wrapped in cloth/Sensatec with BMW Individual headlining in Anthracite.

BMW’s latest 10.25-inch multimedia screen is also standard, with another 10.25-inch digital screen for the instrument cluster. These run the latest 7.0 operating system, and support Apple CarPlay. Wireless phone charging, head-up display, and a host of advanced safety technologies are also standard (lane management systems, autonomous emergency braking, and rear cross-traffic alert).

The BMW 220i Gran Coupe goes on sale from $53,990, with deliveries scheduled to commence later in the third quarter. This price point sits in between the $49,990 218i GC and $72,990 M135 GC (all excluding on-road costs).

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.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.