Part of a lineup reshuffling in 2019, the 1 Series and 2 Series families will join forces and give birth to new variants, while losing others. One of those new models is a 2 Series Gran Coupe, a four-door coupe as a competitor to the Mercedes-Benz CLA. Yet one of the biggest unknowns were the platform of choice for the new Gran Coupe.
Some rumors put a rear-wheel drive in the 2 Series Gran Coupe, while others said the new model is based on the BMW 1 Series Sedan, hence riding on the front-wheel drive architecture.
An unverified report posted on online by someone who’s seen the 2 Series Gran Coupe says that BMW has opted for the front-wheel drive option.
“Because I own a 228i, got selected to go to a auto consumer research event to day to look a new model cars. So the primary car they had us evaluate was a prototype of a new 2 series 4 door Grand Coupe. Sorry, no cell phone were allowed, so no pictures.
Other than the obvious of it being longer and having 2 more doors, the front and rear had an all new design. Rear design kind of took some design features from the new 7 series, but moves the license plate to bumper, off the deck lid, giving the rear a cleaner look. Taillights almost go accross rear deck lid, with black trim piece, with logo in the center. Very nice look. Dual exhaust with pipes coming out from both left and right side.
Interior was all new design. Instrument cluster is now LCD and has been merged with Connected Drive LCD, for one continuous LCD from front of driver to center of dash. Start button has been moved down next to gear selector and there is an electronic parking break. Gear selector has gotten smaller and shorter, giving the center console a clean look. There was also a new frameless rear view mirror. Sunroof was enlarge to open to rear seat.
Bad news is new 2 Grand Coupe is front wheel drive.
For the 2 Grand Coupe evaluation we also evaluated a MB CLA, Audi A3, and BMW 3 Series next to it for comparison.”
If the rumor indeed turns out true, it will be a sad day for the diehard BMW fans who have come to love and appreciate the handling and driving dynamics of the 2 Series Coupe with its power sent to the rear-wheels.