The idea of an entry-level luxury sedan has been met with success by consumers. The Mercedes-Benz CLA and Audi A3 Sedan are basically the pioneers of the segment that now includes this all-new BMW 2 Series GranCoupe. First making its debut at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show, the “four-door coupe” version of the BMW 1 Series officially makes its ASEAN debut at the 2020 Singapore Motor Show, with sales first commencing in the small city-state.
As it shares the same front-wheel-drive (FWD) platform as the all-new BMW 1 Series, the BMW 2 Series GranCoupe shares quite a few design details as the hatchback, and this starts with the wide kidney grilles, which are then flanked by LED headlights as standard. While BMW did its best to apply many of the design cues of its beautiful BMW 8 Series GranCoupe, there’s only so much that could be done to a much shorter body of an FWD car. Measuring at 4,526 mm in length, 1,800 mm in width, and 1,420 mm in height with a 2,670 mm wheelbase, the 2 Series GranCoupe looks taller than the 8 Series. As with all of these “four-door coupes”, the 2 Series GranCoupe utilizes frameless doors. The rear fascia, meanwhile, features a similar LED taillight graphic as seen in the BMW 8 Series GranCoupe.
The fundamental interior design and layout is also very similar to the BMW 1 Series hatchback. As with every new BMW, the 2 Series GranCoupe comes with the latest version of iDrive, which comes with the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant. There’s also BMW’s fully digital instrument cluster as well as a large 9.2-inch color head-up display. In some markets, the BMW 2 Series GranCoupe comes with plenty of standard features, ranging from power-adjustable front seats, Sensatec (faux leather) interior, sports leather steering wheel, Apple CarPlay, among other features.
For the Singaporean market, the BMW 218i GranCoupe M Sport is fitted with a 1.5-liter inline-3 turbocharged petrol engine that produces 138 hp and 220 Nm of torque. As mentioned, power is sent to the front wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission. In this configuration, the 218i M Sport can sprint from zero to 100 kph in a respectable 8.7 seconds.
The BMW 2 Series GranCoupe will go on sale in Q1 2020 in Singapore, while we predict that a Philippine launch will happen within the year.