BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe rumored to be front-wheel drive

Rumors | August 10th, 2016 by 25
BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe photoshop 750x500

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.

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.

BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe Rendering 750x499

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.

25 responses to “BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe rumored to be front-wheel drive”

  1. darex says:

    Sounds like he drove an Audi that cribbed its dash design from a C-Klasse.

  2. Senne says:

    What would be the point of a 2 Series GC if it won’t be RWD?? Then they can just bring the 1 Series Sedan to the rest of the world. They HAVE to make it RWD. For some cars it makes totally sense. But for a smal 4 door coupe???? Doesn’t make sense at all. I really hope this is just a stupid rumor. :(

    • TheJorgon23 . says:

      totally agree.

    • TheBingoBalls says:

      It’s the way BMW position their vehicles and the chassis. CLAR platform for 3er and up while everything else being based on the MINI. Kind of sucks but what can you do.

    • James says:

      FWD hasn’t affected CLA sales. I’m sure they would have loved to keep it RWD, but you need to understand production costs and decisions made to be competitive.

      • Senne says:

        Yes of course, because many people don’t even know they’re driving a RWD/FWD car. But for the enthusiasts, it is VERY important. Even if the costs are higher, they won’t sell less cars if they make it RWD. They never compromised, now almost every new model they introduce have FWD. It’s cheaper, roomier blah blah. All crap. We want RWD in our BMW’s! Especially if they’re coupes. :( I understand for the X1, 2 Series AT/GT (they’re basically vans so yeah who cares that it’s FWD, it’s still best handling in class), but not for a possible 2 Series GC! And also the 1 Series Hatch (which will be called 2 Series for the next gen?) should remain RWD as it’s the only Hatch with RWD and it’s for many people the reason to buy it over a Mercedes A Class, Audi A3 or whatever… So yeah I’m still hoping that all the future 2 Series (except 2 AT/GT) will be RWD. Hope springs eternal. :)

  3. Griffin says:

    Lol they’re doing a design study in LA and apparently it’s as big as the 3 series….

  4. John says:

    BMW still messing around with the 1 and 2 series designations??? *SIGH*

  5. Fritz says:

    I think the 3 Series will lose the RWD. In favor of a 2 & 4 Series RWD (Gran) Coupé.

  6. Verntallat says:

    Hi everyone
    I am very interested in the model
    BMW 2 Grand Coupe
    I wonder if it will be identical to its big brother the Series 4
    That is, if the concept 4 doors and tailgate will liftback type or make a change in the tailgate as do the Series 3
    I will be attentive to your comments
    Verntallat from Barcelona

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