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BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe 2020: engine specs, prices and UK release date

The Week logo The Week 20/03/2019 Cameron Tait
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BMW has released a preview image of its upcoming 2 Series Gran Coupe, a four-door version of its entry-level sports car. 

Due to be unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November, the new 2 Series appears to adopt the same sculpted wheel arches and ultra-thin tail light design as its big brother, the 8 Series Coupe. 

The teaser picture also suggests that the 2 Series could be a high-performance model, with what looks to be a carbon-fibre roof like that on BMW’s track-honed M cars. 

And with the standard two-door model approaching its fifth year on sale, the newcomer may serve as a reference for the design of the next generation of that car, too.

Although the shadowy preview picture is the first official image released by the German carmaker, a number of camouflage-clad 2 Series Gran Coupe development cars have been spotted testing in recent months, says CarBuyer.

The spy shots indicate that the car will “feature a swooping roofline and smooth lines” that make it look like a “mini version of the BMW 3 Series”, the motoring magazine reports.

Here’s what else we know about the new 2 Series Gran Coupe: 

Release date

The covers will come off at the Los Angeles Auto Show, which runs from 22 November to 1 December, before sales open in the UK in early 2020. 


With the current two-door 2 Series models starting at around £25,000, the four-door model is expected to cost between £28,000 and £30,000. 

What engine will it have?

The petrol range is tipped to include a 134bhp 1.5-litre three-cylinder model badged the 218i, as well as 181bhp and 242bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder units in the 220i and 225i cars respectively, says Autocar. A range-topping 235i with a 326bhp 3.0-litre six-cylinder motor is also on the cards.

The diesels will all be powered by the same 2.0-litre four-cylinder motor as the current models, available in 148bhp, 187bhp and 221bhp power outputs. 

Will there be an M2 version? 

There’s no official word from BMW on a M2 version of the Gran Coupe. 

However, Auto Express says the model tuned by M Division could feature in the future, possibly with a four-wheel drive system and a “powerful” 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine.

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