BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe
evo India|November 2020
Based on the Mini platform, this is your entry into the world of German luxury. But can a front-wheel-drive BMW deliver the Thrill Of Driving? And what do we make of its pricing?

WITH ALL THE STYLING conversations centred around the ever-larger kidney grille we tend to forget that BMW make some lovely coupes. The swoopy design language, those signature frameless doors and the low-slung profile have always made for head-turners, of late with an added element of usability thanks to the expanding ranks of 4-door coupes. If you count yourself a fan of the genre, I have news for you — the breed is set to become considerably more affordable with the introduction of the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe. We will come to the pricing in a bit, because that is both the 2GC’s trump card and the shocker but first, let’s look at what makes this BMW very, erm, un-BMW like. This is front-wheel-drive!

BMW sedans have always had one formula, longitudinally-mounted engines driving either the rear or all four wheels. The 2 Series Gran Coupe goes against the grain with a transversely mounted engine and front-wheel-drive setup, essentially a Mini platform, also seen on the X1 currently sold in India. What using this platform does, is make the car more affordable, spacious and to a certain extent practical too. But does this take away from the driver-focused experience that almost every BMW sedan has offered till date?

A genuine head-turner

The 2 Series Gran Coupe is an all-new model in the BMW lineup and the styling, among other things is what they hope will set it apart from most of its competitors, offering plenty of visual cues to the 8 Series Gran Coupe. And, thankfully, it doesn’t have the bling-bling grille upfront as this car is designed for the more sophisticated European and American markets, rather than China. You get the wider and chrome-festooned interpretation of BMW’s kidney grille that dominates the nose, but it does look really nice delivering a neat and aggressive stance. It also compliments the raked-back headlight with their double-barrel LED detailing, reminiscent of the Z4 sports car in BMW’s lineup. The aggressive design language continues on the bumper, which is again similar to that seen on the 8 Series, giving it a very premium touch.

Things get interesting when you walk over to the profile. The roofline is flowing, going with the Coupe in the name, and it ends in a fastback-like rear, sloping down sharply. Frameless doors allow for a lower roof and clean-looking overall silhouette. Things at the rear however, are very new and very funky with a very modern and sporty-looking rear end. It features a variation of BMW’s ‘L’-shaped LED taillights, which have now become a signature design element on all their latest cars. Dual exhaust tips go well with the busy design of the rear. Overall the design is pleasing and will appeal to the younger audience it’s targeted at, a lot of whom will be first time BMW owners. It looks especially good in this Misano blue shade of our test car, which is exclusively available on the M sport variant that rides on bigger 18-inch wheels, compared to 17s on the Sportline variant.

Loaded on the inside

This may be among the most affordable BMWs on sale in India, but you’d never say that while getting into the cabin. It feels just as nicely put together and premium as any other car in BMW India’s lineup. Yes, it is narrower and a bit tighter than the 3, but like most BMWs, the driving position is just spot on, you feel at one with the car, sitting nice and low. Seat comfort too is excellent, with plenty of adjustments to find just the right spot for you. The large front seats offer great side support and the cushioning strikes a nice balance between comfort and snugness, holding you in place nicely.

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