BMW Reveals 2020 2 Series Gran Coupé
The front-wheel drive all-wheel drive BMW 2 series is here.
Munich’s current propensity for applying ever-larger kidney grilles to their wares is seriously walking the entire lineup to morphing into a caricature of Bugs Bunny. Still, someone must like the things, as the company is continuing the styling direction apace. The latest recipient of der neue dental work? This 2 Series Gran Coupé, fresh for the 2020 model year.
Back when naming conventions meant something, BMW cars starting with an even number had just two doors. Now, the appending of a Gran Coupé suffix creates a four-door machine with a fast and sleek sloping roofline. If that isn’t enough to enrage disciples of the roundel, this car will also be based on a front-wheel drive platform.
Fear not, though, and put images of BMWs frying their front tires out of your mind. The two variants of this 2 Series Gran Coupé to be sold in Canada will both bear xDrive badges on their trunklids. This means power will be sent to all four wheels using the brand’s BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive system. The system’s control logic varies the distribution of power between the front and rear wheels automatically in response to accelerator pedal position, engine torque, speed, and steering angle. It can split power 50:50 if necessary.
Two models will be available at launch. The 228i xDrive will be powered by a 2.0L four-cylinder version of BMW’s B modular engine family, delivering an output of 228 horsepower and 258 lb.-ft of torque. The latter is wholly online at just 1450rpm. Gearheads will want to sample the M235i xDrive, packing 301 horsepower and 332lb.-ft of twist. The 228i should scamper to 100km/h from rest in 6.1 seconds while its more powerful M235i brother should turn the same trick in a fleet 4.8 seconds.
The M235i includes a newly developed standard mechanical Torsen limited-slip differential, which is said to give the car a sharper dynamic edge by creating a locking effect between the front wheels. This should help put down that extra power generated by its larger-than-228i turbocharger, featuring a built-in exhaust manifold and integral diverter valve to increase engine output. Some internals were beefed up to handle the extra grunt, including a reinforced crank and new pistons.
For now, the sole transmission choice is an 8-speed automatic, one whose description alarmingly includes more details about its performance in relation to the car’s adaptive cruise control and auto start-stop than its performance characteristics. And so the world turns.
BMW is making plenty of noise about the platform’s rigidity, citing the use of high-strength steel and extra bracing on the M235i. The optional M Sport suspension lowers the car by 10mm, while an optional Dynamic Damper Control allows drivers to fiddle with shock settings.
Production is scheduled to begin in December with a market launch planned for Spring 2020. As for Bugs, he’s calling his attorney for advice on copyright infringement.