BMW's Got a New Entry-Level Model: The 2 Series Gran Coupe

by Member - Evanwritescars on October 16, 2019, 10:11 am

This is the new BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe. A transverse-engine, four-cylinder BMW not-a-coupe that's probably going to quickly become the brand's best-seller in the US.

It's a stylish compact sedan, one that's not as coupey as most of BMW's Gran Coupes. And while like the rest of the GCs it's longer than the standard coupe, it's got a shorter wheelbase. So while BMW says it has 3er-like rear legroom, we'll have to wait and see just how useful those rear doors will be.

The 2GC will come with a pair of four-cylinder engines, both turbocharged, and both displacing 2.0 litres. But while the 228i version will get 228 hp, the M235i boosts the engine to 301 hp. Both get an eight-speed auto, and both will have xDrive AWD in the US, but the M235i will have a new mechanical limited-slip diff for the front wheels that's integrated into the gearbox.

Both will get the i3's new traction control system that puts the slip controller in the ECU. So it can act more quickly. There's also an active yaw control that applies brakes to individual wheels to reduce understeer.

An M Sport suspension will come with the hotter version and is optional on the 228i. It's lower and stiffer. Dynamic dampers are optional on both with comfort and sport settings.

The roofline is the big deal here, along with the two doors that come with it. There's a massive panoramic roof on the options list, and LED headlights with halo-light DRLs.

Inside, there's an 8.8-inch infotainment display standard with a larger one optional. There's also a digital instrument cluster on the options list and a head-up display. The dash uses different graining for driver and passenger for...reasons.

It will also come with optional parking assistance that can self-park in certain situations, a back-up assistant that can help you out of spaces, and standard Active Driving Assistant with frontal collision warning, blind spot detection, and pedestrian detection. It'll also steer you back into your lane as needed.

The 2 Series Gran Coupe is set to arrive at dealers early next year._a2_

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