BMW has officially launched the 2 Series Gran Coupe (2GC) in Singapore.
The 2GC is the brand’s smallest “four-door coupe” model. It is currently available in front-wheel-drive 218i and M235i xDrive (all-wheel-drive) variants.
BMW calls the 2GC a “dashing alternative to the classical sedan”.
Technically, the BMW 2GC is a sedan. There is no such thing as a “four-door” coupe.
The BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe is the most compact sedan in BMW’s lineup. Though BMW is unlikely to say it, many buyers are likely to see the 2GC as the sedan version of the 1 Series hatchback.
If you think that the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe looks familiar, you won’t be alone. That’s because its front end looks identical to the 1 Series hatchback’s.
The 2 GC has compact proportions. It stands 4526mm long, 1800mm wide and is 1420mm tall. The car’s wheelbase measures 2670mm.
This makes the 2GC smaller than its two key rivals from Mercedes-Benz – the CLA Coupe and A-Class Sedan.
The CLA, which is also marketed as a “four-door coupe”, also has a significantly longer 2729mm wheelbase.
The BMW 2GC’s styling is unique. No other car on the road looks like it (apart from the 1 Series, when viewed head on).
BMW kept the car’s profile clean and free from too many lines, which is a good thing. But the rear end’s design is likely to polarise opinions.
Both the 218i and M235i variants are relatively well-equipped. Standard kit includes LED headlights, 17-inch or 18-inch wheels (19-inches optional) and BMW Live Cockpit Professional.
The latter consists of a pair of 10.25-inch displays for the instrument panel and infotainment system. Drivers can also take advantage of the Intelligent Personal Assistant, which is activated by saying “Hey BMW!”
BMW’s Driving Assistant package is also standard. This suite of features includes Lane Change Warning, rear collision warning and crossing traffic warning.
PRICE AND SPECIFICATIONS
BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe 218i
ENGINE 1499cc, 12-valves, inline-3, turbocharged, front-wheel-drive
MAX POWER 140hp at 4600-6500rpm
MAX TORQUE 220Nm at 1480-4200rpm
GEARBOX 7-speed dual-clutch with manual select
0-100KM/H 8.7 seconds
TOP SPEED 213km/h
CONSUMPTION 16.9km/L (combined)
PRICE INCL. COE From $160,888
AGENT Performance Motors
BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe M235i xDrive
ENGINE 1998cc, 16-valves, inline-4, turbocharged, all-wheel-drive
MAX POWER 306hp at 5000-6250rpm
MAX TORQUE 450Nm at 1750-4500rpm
GEARBOX 8-speed automatic with manual select
0-100KM/H 4.9 seconds
TOP SPEED 250km/h
CONSUMPTION 13.2km/L (combined)
PRICE INCL. COE $248,888
AGENT Performance Motors