The 2-series Gran Coupe models come with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 228 horsepower in the 228i and 301 horsepower in the M235i. All-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission are standard with both engines. The 2-series Gran Coupe hasn’t reached our offices for testing but we expect the performance of the 228i model to rival the new A-class and the A3. The hotter M235i may be even quicker than the X2 M35i with the same powertrain, which managed a zero-to-60-mph time of 4.6 seconds during one of our recent comparison tests.
With a spacious interior and a host of modern touches, the new 2 Series Gran Coupé takes comfort and control to amazing levels. Quality materials and craftsmanship can be seen and felt throughout, with the M Sport model featuring Sport seats in Dakota leather, headlining in Anthracite and illuminated Boston accent trims. Experienced all together, it elevates the journey on every level.
The in-your-face exterior design may not be to everyone’s taste, but BMW’s newest four-door coupe certainly stands out. The Gran Coupe was saved from an obnoxiously large grille and the acceptably-sized kidneys are flanked by full-LED headlights with signature four-eyed halos serving as daytime running lights. The rear end is also graced with LED lighting in the form of slim, sharped-edged taillights and traditional round exhaust tips grace the 228i, while rectangular tips are housed in an M Sport diffuser on the M235i xDrive. 17-inch wheels come standard on the 228i, and the M235i receives bigger 18-inch bi-color wheels.
|VEHICLE LAYOUT||Front-engine, AWD, 5-pass, 4-door sedan|
|ENGINE||2.0L/301-hp/332-lb-ft turbocharged DOHC 16-valve I-4|
|CURB WEIGHT||3600 lb (mfr)|
|LENGTH X WIDTH X HEIGHT||178.5 x 70.9 x 55.9 in|
|0-60 MPH||4.6 sec (mfr est)|
|EPA CITY/HWY/COMB FUEL ECON||23/32/26 mpg|
|ENERGY CONSUMPTION, CITY/HWY||147/105 kW-hrs/100 miles|
|CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB||0.74 lb/mile|