If you're a BMW fan - or purist, even - then you most likely cringed at the thought of your favorite manufacturer making front-wheel drive cars. But that isn't stopping the brand from Bavaria from rolling out even more of them. Yes, they're adding another one in the form of the 2 Series Gran Coupe.
With that, the total front-drive BMW count will be up to five. These consist of the 2 Series Active Tourer, 2 Series Gran Tourer, 1 Series sedan, the upcoming 1 Series hatchback, and the aforementioned 2 Series Gran Coupe. Like the other models mentioned, the 2 Series GC rides on the UKL platform, which also forms the basis of all Mini models, as well as the X1 and X2.
For now, BMW is showing a preview of the car. By the looks of it, it will essentially be a downsized version of the 4 Series Gran Coupe. The lone teaser photo shows a sweeping rear windshield, suggesting that it could be a liftback like its big brother. Also seen are the frameless windows, along with its LED tail light signature.
Engine specs meanwhile are still unknown, but it is possible that it will be shared with the existing Mini and UKL-based BMW lineup. That likely means it will be offered a three-cylinder, 1.5-liter turbo with 109 PS or 136 PS, and four-cylinder, 2.0-liter turbo making 192 PS or 231 PS. Diesels may also be offered in either three-cylinder, 1.5-liter or four-cylinder, 2.0-liter guises.
With the 2 Series' positioning in the market, it is set to go up against the Mercedes-Benz CLA, which also made its debut this year. With BMW adamant with the 1 Series sedan being a China-only model, the chances of the 2 Series Gran Coupe being sold in other markets is much higher.