Reports Claim BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe FWD Model Will Arrive by 2021

2 Series, News | July 26th, 2017 by 22

Now that the refreshed 2 Series range has been unveiled, the clock is ticking, marking the days until the 2er will go out of production. According to our own sources, the 2 Series Coupe will go out of production in October 2020 while the Convertible will follow in 2021. However, while some have rushed to say that the 2 Series will be going FWD, our sources say that’s definitely not going to be the case. At least not for the entire range.

A couple of new reports from Germany claim that the BMW 2 Series range will be getting a new Gran Coupe model by 2021. The new car will have four doors and a hatch at the back, making a proper rival for the likes of Mercedes’ CLA-Class. However, the same reports claim that the new Gran Coupe will be based on the UKL platform and that it will be front wheel drive. According to our own source in Munich, that’s extremely likely to happen, under the F44 codename.

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I know that probably sent a shiver down your spine, thinking that the days of the RWD 2 Series models are numbered but fret not, that’s not the case. The 2 Series Gran Coupe Auto Bild is talking about will basically be the same car as the 1 Series Sedan that is currently sold in China. And while the 1 Series range will definitely migrate to the FWD platform, that’s not going to be the case for the 2 Series Coupe and Convertible.

A clear indication that confirms our claim is the fact that unlike the 1 Series range, which will wear the F40 and F41 codenames, the 2 Series models will be codenamed G42 and G43. That’s a clear sign that they will be built atop the CLAR architecture and will keep their RWD setup. Furthermore, the M2 will continue to be offered. As for the Gran Coupe 2er, it will be a proper alternative for the A3 Sedan and CLA-Class and it will probably show them how it’s done.

22 responses to “Reports Claim BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe FWD Model Will Arrive by 2021”

  1. Fritz says:

    Please kill me now.

  2. anotheran says:

    We all knew it was going to happen globally. It boils down to this:
    – BMW has a FWD platform
    – mini sales shrinking
    – ppl gobbling up the X1 on that FWD platform
    – Majority of American and Chinese not aware of what wheel drives their cars
    – There’s already a 1 series in China that’s cheaper to adapt
    – Won’t cannibalize an existing high margin North America vehicle

    • Terry Cowan says:

      Here in North America generations have been raised on fwd. If BMW are an engineering company looking to increase volume, why would they ignore a huge market segment? One obvious benefit is their fleet will downsize, while the 3 grows to midsize.

      • anotheran says:

        I agree they shouldn’t ignore the small vehicle market segment but couldn’t they have hit it with the CLAR platform and kept to the RWD tradition? Why not build the GC with the 2 series?

        • Terry Cowan says:

          I think the same reason X1 is UKL, rationalization of the range(s) and space utilization – GC can derive from existing sedan and have fwd. for passenger & hatchback volume. I’m just glad they’re keeping rwd. for the 2 doors, I thought the whole range was going fwd.

  3. raleedy says:

    This seems as if it’s going to be confusing: RWD 2-series 2-door coupe, FWD 2-series 4-door coupe?

    • Kaisuke971 says:

      Well there is already a two series 2 door coupe and two 2 series MPVs

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        • Kaisuke971 says:

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          • Icebreakerr says:

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    • bmw driver says:

      Exactly which is partly why it is wishful thinking. They will all be FWD UKL cars. There’s no way CLAR will work for such a small car, look at the size of the new 5er and G 3 series. After having been criticised for accurately predicting this over a year ago, it’s funny to see we’ve moved from denial, shut up! it won’t happen! To bargaining, it will happen but because of magic we can keep the RWD 2 series.

      Once again BMW have no new chassis to replace the RWD 2 series. CLAR won’t do it. There are no RWD 2 series test mules and the market doesn’t like the RWD 2 series as much as it likes the 2 series active tourer. For those of us who actually run businesses, it’s really obvious what’s going to happen.

      • Terry Cowan says:

        So no M2? I thought the existing rwds. were downsized from 3 Series? What about the Z4/5/Supra? Rwd. Though UKL would allow drivetrains to be downsized, they could be sold as awds., a la X1.

        • bmw says:

          It would mean no RWD M2. We’ve already seen testmules for a UKL M140i so I assume there would be a sedan version of that. I think it’s really important to understand the RWD 2 series is the only 2 door coupe in its class. Audi and MB both have 4 doors and BMW want a slice of those sales. The current RWD 2 series chassis is more closely related to the e46 than the f30, which is why it has to be replaced by something. Z4 is a 2 seater chassis and won’t work. Having driven the X1 and all the other UKL cars, none of them handle as well as their VAG counterparts, which is a serious problem if BMW mean to compete with their sporty variants. There’s no way I’d trade my M2 for some AWD thing. If I wanted an Audi, I would have bought one.

          • Terry Cowan says:

            They have announced more flexible platforms to accommodate electrifying their range, you may be underestimating them. Also, they’ve been producing Xdrive M’s for several years now.

          • bmw driver says:

            UKL and CLAR are the modular platforms to support electrification! BMW spend years developing them to get VAG MQB levels of efficiency. The RWD 2 series chassis cannot support electrification. And an X5 isn’t an M-car, anymore than a Cayenne is a Porsche.

          • Terry Cowan says:

            Hope they haven’t spent years developing their diesel to get VAG levels of efficiency, the fines and legal fees will be killer! There has already been an electric 1 Series, multiple X’s have been M’s, the next M5 is Xdrive.

    • Senne says:

      Let’s hope it will be “confusing” indeed and they won’t make the 2 Series Coupe/Convertible FWD as well. That would be a DISASTER!

  4. Horariu hororoira says:

    Another fwd? Bmw clearly decided to go the way they’ll regret to death in the future. Just like what Mercedes did in the 90s and early 2000.

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