The New 2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe is BMW’s first front wheel drive based sports sedan designed for the world stage – including the US. Based on the same front wheel drive architecture that underpins everything from MINIs to the the X1, the new 2 Series Gran Coupe represents a bold move for BMW in offering a four door under its iconic 3 Series.

While we don’t expect it to have the classic rear wheel drive dynamics that have defined the BMW brand, it does have a solid pedigree given the critical success of the cars it’s based on. How that translates into actual driving experience will remain to be seen.

BMW M235i xDrive:
Fuel consumption in l/100 km (combined): 7.1–6.7
CO2 emissions in g/km (combined): 131-123


Power and Performance

The BMW 228i xDrive model is powered by the 2.0-liter four-cylinder version of BMW’s B modular engine family, delivering an output of 228 hp @ 5,000 – 6,000 rpm and 258 lb-ft of torque @ 1,450 – 4,500 rpm. Torque is transferred through the standard 8-speed Sport automatic transmission and BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive system to the wheels. The 228i xDrive Gran Coupe accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 6.0 seconds and reaches an electronically limited top speed of 130 mph when the vehicle is equipped with all-season tires and 151 mph when equipped with performance tires.

The BMW M235i xDrive Gran Coupe ups the performance quotient by delivering 301 hp @ 5,000 – 6,250 rpm and 332 lb-ft of torque @ 1,750 – 4,500 rpm from a tuned version of the 2.0-liter 4-cylinder modular engine. A reinforced crankshaft featuring larger diameter main bearings, new pistons and modified connecting rods allow the engine to handle the higher levels of power. A larger turbocharger featuring a built-in exhaust manifold and integral diverter valve increases engine output. Modified fuel injectors are fitted to increase the flow volume. The capabilities of the cooling package is improved with an independent transmission oil cooler that is separated from the engine’s coolant circuit, an electric 850- watt fan, two remote coolant radiators in the wheel arches and an enlarged expansion tank, ensuring that the BMW M235i xDrive is able to display its performance capabilities even under the most demanding conditions. A new dual-branch exhaust system with minimal backpressure assists with expelling the exhaust gasses. The M235i xDrive Gran Coupe accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds (4.6 seconds with the optional M Performance Package’s overboost function) and reaches a top speed of 155 mph when equipped with performance tires.

BMW Performance Control with ARB

The new BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe adopts technology from the BMW i3 in the form of the near-actuator wheel slip limitation (ARB) system. This control system significantly improves traction when cornering or accelerating on wet or icy conditions, and allows wheel slip to be controlled, precisely and quickly. ARB uses a slip controller positioned directly in the engine control unit rather than in the control unit for the DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) system. Reducing the signal path distance means that information is relayed three times quicker, while the driver perceives wheel spin being brought under control with reaction times that are 10 times quicker. Near-actuator wheel slip limitation also works closely with the DSC system to significantly reduce power understeer without the need for corrective DSC inputs.

ARB is assisted in its task by a yaw distribution system called BMW Performance Control. Standard on the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe, this feature increases agility by intelligently applying the brakes at the wheels on the inside of the bend before the wheel spin occurs. This suppresses any initial understeer and gives the car a neutral steering behavior. Drivers can deactivate the DSC system if they wish to take over full control of the car’s sporty handling abilities.

When the DSC system is switched off, the EDLC (Electronic Differential Lock Control) function uses brake applications to simulate the effect of a mechanical limited-slip differential. Braking the unloaded front wheel on the inside of the bend prevents it from spinning and shifts drive power to the wheel on the outside of the bend, resulting in far greater grip when accelerating out of corners.

Alternatively, there is the option of the DSC system’s Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) setting, which allows a greater degree of slip at the driven wheels. Intervention to stabilize the car becomes more muted, enabling it to pull away more effectively on slippery or loose surfaces and during sportier driving. This lets the driver control and enjoy the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe without any assistance until defined limits are reached.


BMW xDrive all-wheel drive and M235i xDrive Torsen Limited-Slip Differential

ARB (Actuator-related wheel slip limiter) technology and BMW Performance Control work hand-in-hand with the standard BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive system. The system’s control logic varies the distribution of power between the front and rear wheels automatically and dynamically in response to the accelerator pedal position, engine torque, speed and steering angle. It can split drive 50:50 if necessary and is designed to ensure predictable handling in all driving situations. This applies even if the Driving Experience Control switch is set to Sport mode, DTC is selected or DSC is deactivated. In Comfort or Eco Pro mode, drive is apportioned as required, while keeping fuel consumption as low as possible. Fuel economy is therefore improved without any discernible impact on driving dynamics or traction.

The BMW M235i xDrive includes a newly developed standard mechanical Torsen limited- slip differential, which gives the car an even sharper dynamic edge by creating a locking effect between the front wheels. The differential is integrated into the 8-speed automatic transmission. The Launch Control function allows the full peak torque of 332 lb-ft to be available in first and second gear.

8-Speed Sport Automatic transmission

Intelligent connectivity enables the standard 8-speed Sport automatic transmission to adapt its shift strategy according to the planned route and driving situation. If the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe is equipped with optional Active Cruise Control with Stop and Go function top the transmission will factor in the data from the navigation system to avoid unnecessary gear changes and always be in the correct gear for upcoming road conditions such as downshifting when approaching a turn or a slower vehicle ahead.

The coasting and Auto Start-Stop functions also take their cue from the data supplied by the navigation system, the front-mounted camera and the sensors for the driver assistance systems. The coasting function, available with the Driving Experience Control switch set to COMFORT mode as well as in ECO Pro mode, will decouple the powertrain in situations where performance and comfort are not compromised. If the driver suddenly lifts off the accelerator, the powertrain stays connected so that engine braking can be used. Inefficient engine shutdown by the Auto Start Stop function when stopping briefly at junctions or roundabouts is also avoided.

Exterior Design

The BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe is a low-slung, sporty four-door coupe with frameless windows and a wide stance, traditional design features of two-door coupes. The slightly angled headlights with BMW four-eyed halo daytime running lights draw attention to the traditional BMW kidney grille, which is a large connecting design element of the front of the new car.

The standard full-LED headlights feature hexagonal tube daytime running lights and form an angled, wrap around shape which ties the front fenders, front hood and bumper together. The aluminum-look headlight housing features “BMW LED” lettering.

The roofline has a graceful flow while the shoulder line extends upwards towards the back of the car finishing in an upswept rear trunk. Slim, full LED, L-shaped rear taillights are placed high above chrome 90mm exhaust tips, with the M235i xDrive model replacing the round tips with a free-form design set inside a contoured rear diffuser panel.

A large, optional panoramic roof can be specified and features a 29.1-inch by 28.3-inch interior opening with an interior electric roller blind for shading. The glass opens outward and also includes a ventilation mode.

The 228i xDrive Gran Coupe come standard with Sport line trim including a highgloss black finish for the kidney grille slats and a black finish for the front air intake surrounds (air inlet covers in body color) lower mirror caps, door trim surround and rear diffuser panel. When the M Sport Package is selected, these trim components are finished in High Gloss black with a Dark Shadow finish for the rear diffuser panel. The M235i xDrive Gran Coupe features a Cerium Grey finish for the Kidney grille surround and slats, front air inlet surrounds, side sill inserts, mirror caps and free form tailpipe finishers.

Interior Design

The interior of the first ever BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe combines a sporting focus, upscale materials and a use of space designed with exhilarating drives on your favorite twisty road and family life and long-distance journeys in mind.

Details such as backlit interior trim and differing grain effects between the steering wheel, instrument panel and doors and contrast seams on the dashboard add modern and premium quality touches to the four-door coupe. Controls are geared to the driver and grouped together in clusters for easy operability.

The driver is delivered all information via the Info Display instrument cluster (up to 10.25- inches). The 10.25-inch high-resolution Control Display is mounted above the center console, touch-sensitive and angled towards the driver in customary BMW fashion. When the optional BMW Live Cockpit Professional is selected, the two screens form a large display grouping which drivers can configure to their individual requirements. The full-color 9.2-inch BMW Head-Up Display (optional) supplies the driver with information without requiring them to take their eyes off the road. The driver-focused layout is enhanced visually by trim strips which run towards the driver and by different graining effects and textures on the instrument panel and behind the steering wheel. Technical Orbis graining is used on the driver’s side in the cockpit area while leather-like Verona graining features on the passenger side, the two separated by contrast diagonal stitching, depending on the equipment line specified.

The Start/Stop button and gear selector lever also located in the lower area of the center control panel with all the controls relating to driving functions clustered around. To the right is the iDrive Controller – or the iDrive Touch Controller if the optional BMW Live Cockpit Professional is specified. In front of the selector lever is a practical storage area which can be equipped with optional Wireless Charging for smartphones.

The BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe’s low-slung form does not mean a lack of generous cabin space. Rear passengers are welcomed by legroom almost equaling that of the 3 Series Sedan. The 12 cubic foot trunk with storage package can be expanded by folding down the 40/20/40 split rear seat backrest. The rear bench can be released fully from the load compartment. The tailgate opens automatically at the press of a button or, with the standard Comfort Access, with the wave of a foot under the bumper.

The standard illuminated Boston trim is supported by six different colors for the lighting effect. As well as choosing their preferred color, the driver can adjust the brightness of the ambient lighting to their tastes. The lighting is activated when the vehicle is unlocked.


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