BMW is on the compact car offensive. It started with the 2 Series Active Tourer, followed by its longer counterpart, the Gran Tourer. Then there was the X1 and, after that, the X2. More recently, BMW debuted the third-generation 1 Series, not to mention the China-only 1 Series sedan. Now, we're at this, the first-ever 2 Series Gran Coupe.
One look and you can see that it bears absolutely no resemblance to the current 2 Series models. For starters, it's now front-wheel drive. While the Active and Gran Tourer are front wheel drive, the Gran Coupe isn't an MPV, far from it.
The front styling treatment is largely similar to the 1 Series. There's the large, upswept headlights seen on the hatch, as well as the big, wide kidney grills you see on modern BMWs. There's a different bumper design in the 2 Series Gran Coupe with a more aggressive design compared to the hatch. It's a subtle difference but the windshield is more rakish than the 1 Series. Fenders and doors are the same as the hatch, but that's where the similarities end.
From the center all the way to the rear, the 2 Series Gran Coupe is a totally different car from the 1 Series. It's longer than the hatch, and the tail end forms a smooth, flowing design. In line with the 'coupe' theme, the 2 Series Gran Coupe has pillarless doors, much like its big brother, the 4 Series Gran Coupe. As for the rear, there's the 8 Series-inspired tail lights with its slim look and subtle L-shape.
As you'd expect, the interior is exactly the same as the 1 Series, from its dash design to door panels. Features are the same too, coming with the latest iDrive infotainment system software. There is, however, one interesting option. That's the integrated ambient lights on the door trims. Despite the rakish exterior, there's heaps more practicality compared to the 1 Series thanks to its liftback design, allowing for more space in the cargo area.
On to engines and there are three to choose from. It starts with 218i with its turbocharged 1.5-liter, three-cylinder mill making 140 PS and 220 Nm of torque. Sitting in the middle of the range is the 220d, powered by the tried and tested 2.0-liter turbodiesel that powers most of the BMW range. The diesel is good for 190 PS and 450 Nm of torque, just like the 320d and 520d. At the top is the M235i xDrive performance model and that one pulls 306 PS and 450 Nm of torque with power sent to all four wheels.