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Published on October 15th, 2019 | by Subhash Nair

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BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe to be Shown Shortly, Rival to CLA

At a press conference earlier this year, BMW announced that the first 2 Series Gran Coupe was being developed for launch in mid-2020. They also said that the car would be shown at the Los Angeles Auto Show this November… Well, it looks like we’ll have a full picture of the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe a little earlier than expected.

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That’s because new information indicates BMW is keen to send out press images of the 2 Gran Coupe later today! For now, what we have are additional teaser images. The one shown above is from the first announcement back in March.

2020 BMW 2 Series front fascia teaser

The front fascia is reminiscent of the BMW 1 Series hatchback, which was globally revealed in May 2019.

2019 BMW 1 Series front fascia

Around back, we see that the 2 Series Gran Coupe takes on the new design language BMW sets for its coupes and SAV coupes. This is characterised by a couple of traits: namely the license plate being moved lowed down to the bumper section, the BMW badge being placed on the same level as the tail lights, and a more horizontally stretched look on the tail lights with less emphasis on the L-shape.

2020 BMW 2 Series rear teaser
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We also know from the aforementioned press conference, that the 2 Series will be built on the front-wheel-drive platform of the 1 Series. It will also share many technologies with the 1 Series. Like other Gran Coupes in the BMW stable, the 2 Series Gran Coupe is imagined as a 4-door coupe alternative to the standard sedan variants available. Think of it as a direct competitor to the Mercedes-Benz CLA, which is also front-wheel-drive and built on the same fundamental building blocks as the A-Class hatchback.

For now, that’s all we have on the upcoming 2 Series officially. Here’s a transcript from the March press conference.

PRESS RELEASE

BMW consistently continues to pursue the brand’s current model offensive whilst developing an innovative vehicle concept for the premium compact segment.  During the annual results press conference, BMW AG CEO Harald Krüger will announce the presentation of the first BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe. With the sporty and elegant four-door coupe, the premium automobile manufacturer is adding to its range in the compact segment a particularly designoriented model for modern, urban target groups. The concept of a four-door coupe, already successful in higher vehicle classes, will in future combine a dynamic charisma and an expressive design with a high degree of everyday suitability also in the premium compact segment. The first BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe will make its word debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November 2019, with the worldwide market launch beginning in the spring of 2020. 

The BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe sets new accents in individuality, aesthetics and emotion in the premium compact segment. It combines an emotive design with sportiness and the latest innovations in operation and connectivity technology. Therefore, the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe offers the ideal prerequisites to attract new target groups to hallmark BMW driving pleasure. BMW already offers a unique range of compact models for various different requirements and target groups that is unmatched within the competitive environment. The BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe will once again create fresh impulses in this class. It builds on the latest BMW front-wheel drive architecture and shares a multitude of technological developments with the new BMW 1 Series, which will also be presented during the course of 2019.

The BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe has been conceived as a global offering that constitutes an attractive enrichment, especially for markets in which car buyers show a strong affinity for notchbacks. As an exclusive alternative to the classic saloon, the four-door coupe addresses all target groups that prefer a sophisticated design and a self-assured look in the compact segment as well. 


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