Written by- Neehan Rashid

Pictures- Ayan Rahman Khan

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 in the design of a BMW.

Powertrains are also similar to the ones found in the X1 and X2 siblings. The base 218i Gran Coupe has a turbo 1.5-liter inline-four making 140 horsepower and 220 lb-ft of torque, paired with a seven-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. On the other hand, the M235i xDrive coupe received the more powerful 2.0-litre 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 can do 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 218i. 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.

At the end of the day, this is a budget-friendly BMW and is expected to drive well. It also has everything needed to survive the gruesome Dhaka traffic hence, you can smile with your family and friends while driving it. However, the looks are still questionable in my opinion but then again this is coming from a guy who would choose a classic BMW over any of the new ones.

The following car shown above is the base model 218i Gran Coupe

Specs are as follows;

Engine: 1.5-liter Twin Power Turbo 3-cylinder (140 HP, 220 Nm)

Transmission: Seven-speed dual-clutch Steptronic, FWD

Safety: 5 airbags, ABS with EBD and Brake Assist, ESP, Traction Control, BAS, first aid kit, park assist, rearview camera.

Features: “Illuminated Berlin” ambient lighting, panoramic roof, daytime running lights with LED front lighting, BMW i-Drive infotainment system, multifunctional leather steering wheel.

Price: Starting from Tk 68,00,000.  For further details, contact Executive Motors Ltd.