Who knew a small front-wheel-drive-based sedan called the 2-series Gran Coupe would be BMW’s answer to the Mercedes-Benz CLA.
“It can be said that both the base 228i and the more powerful M235i version of the Gran coupe embraces the economy-car roots very proudly.”
Even though the 2er Gran Coupe is sharing its badge with the 2-series coupe and convertible, its similarities with the sporty rear-wheel-drive two-door counterparts are limited. In fact the Gran coupe rides on a front-drive platform that is shared with the marques’ X1, X2 crossovers and numerous 1- and 2-series hatchback models that are sold overseas. This explains why the car has such a tall stance and non-sporty proportions, which can be considered to be a rare combination for a BMW.
Powertrains are also similar to the ones found in the X1 and X2 siblings. The base 228i xDrive Gran Coupe has a turbo 2.0-liter inline-four making 228 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive. On the other hand the M235i xDrive coupe received the more powerful 2.0-liter turbo four with 301 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque that also comes with an eight-speed automatic and standard AWD.
Utilizing this setup, the X2 M235i turned out a quick zero-to-60-mph time of 4.6 seconds, which makes up for the not so sporty look. The M235i xDrive Gran Coupe also comes standard with enhancements including a front limited-slip differential, M Sport brakes and suspension along with 18-inch wheels and tires. All types of M trim pieces for both the exterior and interior are also available.
A fair amount of equipment also comes standard on the 228i. This includes navigation, Apple CarPlay, power front seats, and several driver-assist features. Numerous packages can also add desirable extras such as a digital gauge cluster, a panoramic sunroof, a Harman Kardon audio system, and various wheel and trim options for the exterior.
The authorized dealer for BMW in Dhaka, Executive Motors, has even hinted about the arrival of the new 2- Series Gran Coupe on its social media platforms. From what their Facebook and Instagram posts reveal they will be offering Free Registration and Gift Vouchers worth of BDT 25,000 from Executive Machines Limited for clients who are going to place a pre-booking on the new model before 30th July 2020.