The BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe is the most affordable BMW sedan in India based on a front-wheel drive platform. Here’s are five interesting things to know about the 2 Series Gran Coupe in India.
With the new 2 Series Gran Coupe, BMW has lowered the entry point to the brand’s lineup of sedans. BMW launched the 2 Series Gran Coupe in India last week for a starting price of Rs 39.3 lakh, going up to Rs 41.4 lakh for the top-end trim. It may be an entry-level BMW but the Bavarian carmaker certainly has not cut down on elements that make it a BMW. The new 2-Series Gran Coupe sits below the 3-Series in India. If size is not your outright priority, the 2-Series could very well be all the BMW you’ll ever need. Here’s 10 things you need to know about the most affordable BMW sedan in the country.
Variants and Their Differences
The new BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe is available in two variants- Sport Line and the range-topping M Sport. The Sportline variant gets 17-inch alloy wheels, ‘Illuminated Berlin’ interior trim with the option of five paint shades for the exterior. Meanwhile, the M Sport variant additionally gets adaptive suspension, larger 18-inch alloy wheels, and choice of six exterior color options.
It also brings in a M Sport body kit with sportier front and rear bumpers, side aprons, ‘M’ badges on the front fenders, gloss black trim around the windows and some chrome embellishment on the front grille. On the inside, the M Sport variant additionally gets M Sport steering wheel and sporty aluminum pedals.
Powertrain and Performance
The 2 Series Gran Coupe is powered by a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder, turbo-diesel engine as of now. It produces 190hp and 400Nm of torque and it comes mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. BMW claims a 0-100kph time of 7.5 seconds and that pretty brisk performance. Contrary to other BMW sedans which have a longitudinal engine layout and rear-wheel drive, the 2 Series Gran Coupe gets a transverse engine layout and a front-wheel drive setup.
BMW will also launch this car with 2.0-litre, four-cylinder, turbo-petrol engine at a later stage. The 2.0L turbo-petrol engine produces 192hp and 280Nm of torque.
Styling and Wow Factor
This four-door sedan has a low-slung look with a good balance of aggressive contours and clean lines, and you get a very attractive looking car. The 2 Series Gran Coupe has a styling that’s typically new-age BMW with a large kidney grille and aggressive LED headlamps.
The front and rear bumpers on the car are also very aggressively styled. The dual-tone alloy wheels and dual exhausts further add to the sporty quotient. The side profile is also characterized by a beautifully sloping roofline that ends in fastback like rear section. The pillar-less doors look extremely attractive, and it must be mentioned that no other car in this price point has this feature. The well sculped boot lied with slim LED tail lamps round off the look at the rear.
Interiors and Features
On the inside, the dashboard layout is pretty familiar with most modern BMWs and in fact, most of it has been carried over from the 3-series sedan. BMW’s i-drive system controlled by a swivel wheel on the center console remains one of the best in the business. The center console also gets the typical BMW gear lever but other elements inside the cabin are quite familiar. This might be an entry-level BMW but quality of materials and fit and finish are still very high.
Its also very well equipped for what is an entry-level sedan. Highlights include a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, 10.25-inch Digital Instrument Cluster, paddle shifters, auto headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, auto air conditioner, ambient lighting, head-up display, panoramic sunroof, powered front seats, lane departure warning, active cruise control, connected navigation, BMW digital key, parking assistant, rear view camera, and six airbags.
Price Comparison and Rivals
Quite surprisingly, BMW has priced the 2 Series Gran Coupe extremely close to the 3-series which starts from Rs 41.70 and goes up to Rs 48.50 lakh. The prices also overlaps the price of the BMW X1 which ranges from Rs 35.90 to Rs 42.90 lakh. Yes, it could have been priced a little lower but the petrol engine coming later is expected to bring down the entry-price by a small margin. As for its rivals, it will be pitted directly against the upcoming Mercedes-Benz A-Class Limousine and the updated Audi A3 sedan.