Published on January 10th, 2020 | by Subhash Nair0
BMW 2 Series Gran Coupé Makes South East Asian Debut in Singapore
Introduced late last year to the LA Motor Show, the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupé has made its way to Singapore. At the ongoing motor show, BMW’s main highlight was the compact style-first four-door. The 2 Series Gran Coupé is a model with no legacy and builds on the all-new 1 Series’ front-wheel drive platform. The previous iteration of 2 Series products featured a rear-wheel drive 2-door coupé model and a couple of compact MPV models with front-wheel drive setups.
This new 2 Series Gran Coupé joins the outgoing 4 Series, previous 6 Series and current 8 Series families in its Gran Coupé styling, which involves frameless windows and a flattened 1-box style to go with its 4-doors. The 4 Series family has yet to be updated to match the current 3 Series generation. The 6 Series family no longer features a Gran Coupé body style, so the only other ‘modern’ Gran Coupé is the 8 Series.
Details on this model can be found in the press release below.
The first-ever BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe sees BMW bringing the four-door coupe concept that has already enjoyed great success in higher vehicle classes into the premium compact segment for the first time. This more dashing alternative to the classical sedan celebrates its arrival with a fresh dose of individuality, aesthetic appeal and emotional engagement, backed up by innovative control/operation and connectivity tech, excellent everyday usability and the dynamic capability for which BMW is renowned.
Like its four-door coupe siblings from the BMW 6 Series, BMW 4 Series and BMW 8 Series ranges, the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe reveals a strong focus on design with bold, sporty and emotionally rich lines, frameless side doors and a highly expressive, flamboyant appearance. And it combines these elements with a high level of everyday practicality, including excellent interior space and a large load compartment.
As its sporting looks imply, the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe establishes a new dynamic yardstick in its class. The underpinnings for this potency are provided by the advanced BMW front-wheel-drive architecture, which the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe shares – in addition to an array of other technological developments – with the new BMW 1 Series. Furnished with cutting-edge chassis technology and innovative systems, e.g. in the field of control system technology, the four-door coupe likewise raises the bar in terms of driving dynamics and agility, and is the perfect choice for young, urban customers for whom sportiness, cutting-edge connectivity and ample on-board space rank highly. And in BMW M235i xDrive form, it comes as standard with BMW xDrive all-wheel drive.
Dynamically stretched silhouette with exclusive details.
The BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe seamlessly transfers the elegant aesthetic championed by its larger stablemates into the premium compact class. The standout characteristic of the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe is its dynamically stretched silhouette which, like the four frameless side doors, is lifted from the classical coupe blueprint. The new Gran Coupe model also adds exclusive details such as contoured kidney grille bars with an eye- catching indentation, a mesh grille for the flagship BMW M235i xDrive and, most strikingly, the all-new design of the rear lights, which extend well into the centre of the rear end. They hand over to a High-gloss Black band, which runs up to and encircles the centrally located BMW badge. This combination of the rear lights and connecting element makes a horizontal statement and accentuates the width of the rear. The 2 Series Gran Coupe measures
4,526 millimetres in length and 1,800 millimetres in width, but stands just 1,420 millimetres tall. Despite its low-slung, sporty appearance, passengers are well catered for space-wise, thanks to the 2,670-millimetre wheelbase. Plus, the 430-litre load compartment can be expanded in various ways. All of which significantly increases the car’s range of applications in daily use.
Low, wide, sporty and with LED headlights as standard.
The BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe has a sporty, low and broad-set stance on the road. Its confident appearance stems from the dynamic front end with its fresh interpretation of classical BMW icons. Slightly angled headlights – which feature full-LED technology as standard with the option of an adaptive variant – form the prominent BMW four-eyed face and draw attention to the familiar BMW kidney grille. The grille takes the form of a large and connected element, as well as spreading out further to either side. In a styling tweak unique to the premium-compact four-door coupe, the kidney bars are contoured, an eye-catching vertical indentation in the bars providing a three-dimensional effect when the kidney bars are specified in Aluminium satinated. An exclusive visual identifier of the line-up’s sporting flagship –
the BMW M235i xDrive – is its striking grille design with pronounced three- dimensional mesh in place of the classical bars. The mesh design is inspired by racing cars and brings extra depth and perceived quality to the front end. The outer air intakes are also larger on the BMW M235i xDrive.
Flowing roofline and prominent shoulders.
Precise lines in the flanks, creating a fascinating interplay of light and shade, emphasise the agile proportions and hallmark elegance of a modern BMW coupe. The roofline has a graceful flow, the long window graphic visually reduces the weight over the rear end and, further down, the shoulderline – extending well back to the rear – has an elongating effect on the body. In addition, a distinct side taper at the C-pillar injects a feeling of sportiness into the shoulder section above the powerfully contoured rear wheel arches. This also highlights the width of the car when viewed from the rear and gives it a broad stance on the road. Like the headlights, the wide, slender rear lights are full-LED as standard. They provide an all-new take on the familiar BMW “L” shape with a single slim light element and a distinctive sweep to the side. The pared-back overall look lends the rear a classy sense of modernity also encapsulated by the elaborately shaped tailgate with four- piece styling. Chrome exhaust tailpipes with a diameter of 90 millimetres (the BMW M235i xDrive has striking free-form pipes) set the seal on the sporting aesthetic. All variants of the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe will be fitted with light-alloy wheels, with diameters ranging from 16 inches on the entry- level model to 18 inches for the polished items on the M Sport model and the BMW M235i xDrive. Polished light-alloy wheels with a 19-inch diameter are available as an option, as is a large, electrically operated panoramic roof.
Interior boasts sporting flair and impressive spaciousness.
The interior of the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe combines sporting flair with exquisite materials and a use of space designed with both family life and long-distance journeys in mind. Its modernity is underscored by innovative detail solutions, such as the backlit trim strips available as an option – or as part of higher equipment lines – with a choice of six different colours.
The BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe belies its elegant coupe form with generous levels of cabin space, welcoming rear passengers with significantly easier entry and 33 millimetres of extra kneeroom over the BMW 2 Series Coupe. The seating position is 12 millimetres higher, too. The boot holds 430 litres of gear (40 litres more than the two-door coupe) and this can be expanded further by folding down the 40/20/40 split rear seat backrest. The rear bench can be released fully from the load compartment. The tailgate opens automatically at the press of a button or – if the optional Comfort Access is specified – with the wave of a foot.
Cockpit with keen focus on the driver.
The various controls are geared squarely to the driver and grouped clusters – for instance, for heating, air conditioning and the different driving functions – make for easy operability. Access to the optional infotainment offering provided by the new BMW Operating System 7.0 – with optional gesture control – is via a display grouping whose two large screens are available with a diagonal of up to 10.25 inches (with the BMW Live Cockpit Professional), while the form and arrangement of the BMW Live Cockpit’s design reference the BMW four-eyed face. The high-resolution Control Display is centrally mounted, touch-sensitive and angled – in customary BMW fashion – towards the driver, who can configure this large screen combination to their individual requirements. The full-colour 9.2-inch BMW Head-Up Display (optional) supplies the driver with information without diverting their eyes off the road.
Operation by means of iDrive Controller, touch, voice or gestures.
The BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe allows the user to combine various operating options according to the situation at hand and their preferences. In addition to the usual buttons on the centre console and steering wheel, other frontline control elements include the iDrive Controller – with touchpad from BMW Live Cockpit Plus upwards – and the standard 8.8-inch Control Display with touchscreen functionality. BMW Live Cockpit Plus also adds a navigation system and intelligent voice control with online speech processing. Finally, there is the optional BMW Live Cockpit Professional, which also includes the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant and is based on the new BMW Operating System 7.0. BMW Live Cockpit Professional brings together the fully digital display and operating system (including two 10.25-inch displays) with maximum connectivity and customisability. Standout features include an adaptive navigation system and a hard-drive-based multimedia system.
The optional gesture control comprises seven different gestures, two of which can be assigned to functions of the customer’s choosing.