Another day, accession Gran Auto from BMW. The ancestors grows with the accession of this: the 2 Series Gran Coupe. It comes in two flavors, the 228i xDrive Gran Auto and M235i xDrive Gran Coupe. Let’s booty a added dive.
Yes, I apperceive the names are complex. Remember back BMW’s abounding calendar was 3, 5, 7, Z4, Z8, and X5? Those were simpler times.
This 2 Series isn’t absolutely based on the aforementioned belvedere as the accepted two-door 2 that we get in the U.S. market. That little champ is a rear-wheel-drive adventurous coupe, but this smaller-than-a-3-Series four-door is absolutely based on a front-wheel-drive Mini platform.
In adjustment to accomplish the alteration amid RWD architectonics and FWD architecture, BMW is ablution the new 2 with AWD alone for the time being.
Both the 228i and the M235i will be delivered to Americans with four apprenticed wheels. Will it advice affluence the pain? We’ll see.
Both 2 Series Gran Auto models are powered by the aforementioned 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, backed up by the aforementioned eight-speed automatic, and carrying ability to all four auto through the aforementioned xDrive system.
It’s a abuse abashment that this little AWD demon doesn’t alike accede alms a chiral transmission. That could be its one extenuative grace, abnormally in the M-ish archetypal variant.
The 228i will advance from stop to sixty in six abnormal flat, while the M235i cranks that bottomward to 4.6 seconds. The non-M acme out at 130 mph, while the sorta-M will abide on to 155 mph. The M235i makes its added ability with a beyond turbocharger, a able alternating assembly, college breeze injectors, a beneath akin bankrupt system, and bigger cooling with two added radiators against the 228i.
That translates to 301 HP and 331 lb-ft of torque, but adds an added 80-ish pounds to the 2 Series’ weight. The abject 228i comes with a appealing stout 228 horses and 258 torques in a 3,530-pound package.
Despite the car’s differences from the admirable 2 Series coupe, this Gran Auto archetypal looks appealing abundant like a BMW and shares a lot of DNA with the two-door half-sibling. It’s bright they allotment a parent, but not both parents.
The architecture is a little overwrought, but it’s not adamantine to attending at, abnormally in M guise. And by best accounts, the AWD Minis aren’t too bad a belvedere from which to abject this thing.
Similarly, the central of the car looks BMW enough, but acutely isn’t absolutely the aforementioned as the added 2 Series.
Pricing hasn’t yet been announced, but the AWD 230i xDrive auto starts at $37,300, and the M240i xDrive auto starts at $47,800. I’d apprehend both of these four-door models to attenuate their two-door not-quite-counterparts by a few bucks, but we won’t apperceive for abiding how abundant until BMW clearly launches the car abutting month.
Production is accepted to activate in January with deliveries to U.S. barter after in Q1.
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