SMC Asia Car Distributors Corp. (SMC ACDC), the distributor of BMW in the Philippines, is set to debut the first-ever BMW 2 Series GranCoupe–an entry-level compact “four-door coupe” that aims to compete with the Mercedes-Benz CLA. The public live Facebook launch is set to happen on June 20 at 8 pm.
While even-numbered models usually come as two-door coupes and convertibles in BMW’s naming structure, the 2 Series line-up is actually a hodgepodge of different body styles. The 2 Series line-up consists of an MPV, an actual two-door coupe and convertible, and for the first time, a “four-door coupe.” The BMW 2 Series GranCoupe is essentially the sedan version of the front-wheel-drive (FWD) BMW 1 Series, as reflected by its similar styling. 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 similarity with the 1 Series continues inside, and it’s not exactly a bad thing since the interior is very luxurious and upmarket. All variants will come with the latest version of iDrive 7, though the standard screen size is likely smaller on lower variants. There’s also an optional 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 power-adjustable front seats, sports leather steering wheel, Apple CarPlay, among other features.
Globally, the BMW 2 Series GranCoupe can be had with four engine choices, though it is likely that ours will be offered as a base 218i and range-topping M235i. This is the same engine choices that are found in the Philippine-spec BMW 1 Series.
The base 218i is powered by a 1.5-liter inline-3 turbocharged petrol engine that produces 138 hp and 220 Nm of torque. The most powerful offering is the M235i xDrive, which has 2.0-liter inline-4 turbocharged petrol engine that produces 301 hp and 450 Nm of torque, letting the car sprint from zero to 100 kph in just 4.7 seconds. As its name denotes, the M235i xDrive gets AWD, while both variants utilize an 8-speed automatic.
Stay tuned to Go Flat Out PH to know more about BMW’s latest offering in the Philippine market.