Some parts of the United States may now experience unusually warm weather, but are still very cold and snowy near the Arctic Circle. It’s also where our spy photographer captures the upcoming 2-Series Gran Coupe for the BMW Winter Test. Of course, a small car is not X5, but despite the presence of snow on the ground, the prototype seems to be handling ice and snow.
This is not the first time we’ve seen a 2 Series Gran Coupe. Last year, we conducted a test on the public roads in Europe. Based on the blue brake calipers that both cars have, we are willing to bet that both of the prototypes are somehow higher performance. Earlier rumors showed that BMW also plans to launch a M2 Gran Coupe, but at the time we thought it would be based on the rear-wheel drive platform. Recent news shows that the four-door 2-series will carry the UKL front-wheel drive borrowed by BMW from Mini. This makes the real version of M is unlikely.
Earlier rumors showed that the United States can only get a 2 Series Gran Coupe through a BMW 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and eight-speed automatic transmission. Our sources believe that BMW will also provide a three-cylinder option, but the engine may only be sold in Europe. On the other hand, we expect all-wheel drive is definitely an option to help the 2 Series Gran Coupe ride the Mercedes CLA and the Audi A3.
A few years ago, we questioned whether the front-wheel drive BMW can succeed in the United States. But now the X1 is already on the same platform, while BMW announced the front-wheel drive X2. The Mini seems less controversial based on the 2-Series Gran Coupe. And because our sources think it will be sold as a 2019 model, finding BMW before the end of the year will be officially announced.