The Mercedes-Benz CLA will soon have competition from a coupe-like sedan from BMW.
2021 BMW 2-Series Gran Coupe Debut
A prototype has been found for the upcoming 2-Series Gran Coupe, which is validated for a debut in November at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show. We’ll likely see it on sale next summertime as a 2021 model.
Its development may discuss why BMW has hesitated to sell its 1-Series sedan beyond China: for worldwide markets, a sharper-looking 2-Series Gran Coupe that focuses more on style than area makes more sense.
Compared to the 1-Series sedan, we can see that the 2-Series Gran Coupe’s roofline features a sleeker, fastback design. The hood also tapers more towards the nose while the rear overhang seems slightly longer.
The 2-Series Gran Coupe also sits on BMW’s latest front-wheel-drive platform, in this case, the FAAR style that debuted in May in a revamped 1-Series hatchback offered overseas. While the car will offer front-wheel drive in the majority of markets, the United States is most likely to get all-wheel-drive as standard.
2021 BMW 2-Series Gran Coupe Engine
The greatest engine BMW fits its front-wheel-drive cars is an inline-4 and the most powerful binding for the 2-Series Gran Coupe will be a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 delivering 306 horsepower. It will feature in an all-wheel-drive M235i xDrive, which will also include a standard 8-speed automated and limited-slip differential. Sadly, BMW M has no plans to work on BMW’s front-wheel-drive cars.
From the 1-Series hatchback, we understand the interior will feature a digital instrument cluster (perhaps offered) and a large infotainment screen. Managing the vehicle can be managed through buttons on the steering wheel and center console, or through the touchscreen capability of the infotainment screen or natural-speak voice activation or various hand gestures.
2021 BMW 2-Series Gran Coupe Competition
As pointed out above, the 2-Series Gran Coupe’s primary competitor is the Mercedes CLA. Other rivals in the premium compact sedan sector consist of the Acura ILX and Audi A3.
The bright side for fans of rear-wheel drive is that BMW is committed to using it in the next 2-Series coupe. And yes, the car will once again spawn an M2 version.
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