The sky is falling, the apple is ending, and doom is approaching for us all! The 2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe, set to go on auction in America aboriginal abutting year, uses a front-wheel-drive platform. Just badinage about the doom and gloom—it’s not absolutely that big of a deal. You apperceive the accepted BMW X1 and X2 crossovers are front-drive-based already, right?
Sure, this is the aboriginal FWD-based BMW car to accomplish it to the U.S., but the drivetrain blueprint is hardly surprising—especially back we’ve already apprenticed the pre-production prototype. Despite its name, the new 2 Series Gran Auto isn’t accidentally accompanying to the accepted rear-drive bunched 2 Series auto that’s been on auction actuality back 2014. This is a alternative of the UKL belvedere that’s activate beneath the new 1 Series auto awash overseas, the above babyish SUVs, and Mini’s lineup, and is aimed absolutely at yanking sales abroad from Mercedes’ CLA and Audi’s A3.
At launch, the new itty-bitty Bimmer is accessible in both 228i and M235i trims, anniversary packing the aforementioned 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, admitting with altered outputs. The 228i offers up a bold 228 application and 258 lb-ft of torque, and is acceptable for a zero-to-60-mph time of 6.0 abnormal and a top acceleration of 130 mph. All-wheel drive is standard, as is an eight-speed automated transmission, while Vmax can be added to 151 mph via an option.
The M235i xDrive is predictably meatier. Here, the aforementioned 2.0-liter churns up 301 application and a tenderizing 332 lb-ft of torque, bottomward the zero-to-60 dart to 4.7 abnormal and adopting top acceleration to 155 mph with the alternative achievement tires. If you’re still not satisfied, you can cut the 60-mph dart to 4.6 abnormal with the alternative M Achievement Package that includes an overboost function. To eke out that added gumption, BMW fits the 2.0-liter with a able crankshaft, bigger capital bearings, uprated pistons and abutting rods, a beyond turbo, high-flow injectors, and an upgraded cooling system.
At 3,534 to 3,603 pounds, the new 2 Series GC isn’t featherweight, but BMW did its best to cut weight area it could, offsetting the use of high-strength animate with aluminum awning and block panels. There’s affluence of ambush accouterments beneath the bark to accumulate things composed, including a multilink rear suspension, alternative M Sport Suspension, alternative electronically adjustable dampers, and accepted near-actuator wheel-slip limitation (ARB)—the closing actuality a adorned way of adage the ECU handles the absorption control, rather than the abstracted stability-control unit.
It absolutely looks the allotment of the babyish Bimmer. Really, it’s absolutely what you would apprehend from BMW’s CLA competitor; a hardly squished, scaled bottomward 3 Series. There some hints of Toyota Corolla or alike Subaru Impreza auto in its proportions—which isn’t absolutely abundant for a exceptional product—although your eyes are aboriginal fatigued to the signature branch grille and angular BMW taillights. Of course, aluminum auto and chrome trim are present, too.
Inside, admirers of accepted BMW architecture accent will be pleased. The cockpit is about a archetype and adhesive of the interiors and consoles from beyond BMW sedans, admitting with altered abstracts and hardly altered design. Happily, BMW hasn’t shied abroad from an absorbing blush palette, so anniversary 2 Series GC is offered in a best of brownish hues like Melbourne Red, Mineral Grey, Seaside Blue, and Storm Bay. M Sport bales are additionally accessible in Misano Dejected Brownish and Snapper Ricks Dejected Metallic. Inside, Magma Red, Mocha, atramentous with dejected highlights or Oyster covering is offered as an advancement over the accepted Sensatec material.
Look for the new 2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Auto to accomplish its official accessible admission after this year at the Los Angeles auto show, and for assembly to activate that aforementioned month. Pricing should be appear afterpiece to the on-sale date.
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