2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupé: what we know so far

New four-door coupé will get up to 302bhp and a new interior design – here's everything you need to know...

23 July 2019
BMW 2 Series Gran Coupé side

On sale: Early 2020 | Price from: £28,000 (est)

In the same way that you can walk into a shop and be baffled by the sheer variety of denim jeans on offer, the car industry loves spinning out multiple models based on the same fundamental underpinnings. And when it comes to the 2 Series, BMW has been busy. As well as the basic BMW 2 Series Coupé – itself based on the 1 Series hatchback – there's the 2 Series Convertible, the M2 sports car, the 2 Series Active Tourer people carrier, the 2 Series Gran Tourer even-larger-people carrier, and now this 2 Series Gran Coupé too.

Envisioned as a sleek four-door coupé to rival the Mercedes CLA, the 2 Series Gran Coupé has more space between its front and rear wheels than the latest 1 Series – a move designed to free up rear leg room (by 34mm) and allow space for two extra doors. It also comes with a 450-litre boot

BMW 2 Series Gran Coupé rear

2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupé interior

The 2 Series Gran Coupé is set to get a new interior layout which will eventually be adopted by the rest of the 2 Series range. We're yet to see it, but you can bet that BMW's iDrive infotainment system will play a big part. In the latest BMW models, including the new 1 Series, the iDrive system is supplemented by a digital dashboard which puts information such as the sat-nav map directly in front of your eyes. The iDrive system itself can be controlled by touch, gestures, natural speech or via a rotary dial on the centre console.

BMW 2 Series Gran Coupé front

2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupé engines

The 2 Series Gran Coupé's engines will be borrowed wholesale from the 1 Series, so a three-cylinder 134bhp 1.5-litre petrol will kick off the range, followed by a 2.0-litre petrol with 302bhp in the range-topping M235i. Drivers who cover enough miles to justify a diesel will have 1.5 and 2.0-litre engines to choose from, with power outputs initially ranging from 148bhp to 187bhp.

While the 2 Series Gran Coupe uses the same front-wheel drive layout as the 1 Series, BMW's xDrive four-wheel drive system will be offered on some models. Gearbox options will be a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic.

A plug-in hybrid model (likely badged as the 225e) is expected to arrive later, and would use a 1.5-litre petrol engine and electric motor to provide a zero-emissions driving range of up to 31 miles.

BMW 2 Series Gran Coupé side

2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupé price

Sandwiched between the existing BMW 2 Series Coupé and the 3 Series saloon, the new 2 Series Gran Coupé is expected to cost from £28,000, making it cheaper than the rival CLA. Discounts could lower that price significantly, though – as an example, What Car? New Car Buying can currently save you up to £3241 on the 2 Series Coupé.

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The 10 most fuel-efficient coupés, convertibles and sports cars

If the idea of a new BMW 2 Series Gran Coupé has got you thinking about a new coupé, then you'll want to know which are the most fuel-efficient in real-world conditions, and which will drain your wallet each time you visit the pumps. In this next story, we've used data from our True MPG tests to reveal the most (and least) efficient coupés, as well as convertibles and sports cars.

10. BMW M2

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True MPG 31.4mpg

The M2 is effectively a steroid-enhanced version of the BMW 2 Series. Under its bonnet lies a turbocharged 3.0-litre engine that pumps out 365bhp – enough for a 0-62mph time of 4.4sec with the standard six-speed manual gearbox. Yet you can still get 31.4mpg out of the car when you drive it more gently.

Read our full BMW M2 review or see what discounts are available

9. Porsche 718 Cayman

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True MPG 34.4mpg

Both this entry-level version of the Cayman and the more powerful Cayman S swapped their flat six engines for turbocharged four-cylinder units back in 2016 in order to reduce fuel consumption and emissions. The downside is that they no longer sound as special as they did.

Read our full Porsche 718 Cayman review or see what discounts are available

8. BMW 43oi Convertible

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True MPG 34.9mpg

Fractionally more efficient than the Cayman is the BMW 430i Convertible, despite it being a four-seater with a folding metal roof, so considerably heavier.

Read our full BMW 4 Series Convertible review or see what discounts are available

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