BMW now has a competitor to the Mercedes-Benz CLA. It’s a small front-wheel-drive-based sedan called the 2-series Gran Coupe that will serve as the luxury brand’s price leader.
While the 2 Series Coupe and M2 Competition are beloved by enthusiasts, the new 2 Series Gran Coupe feels like a step backwards. It’s only available with all-wheel drive and the styling leaves a lot to be desired.
Autoblog revealed that there are two transverse engines available in the 2 Series Gran Coupe. The first powers the 228i xDrive and is a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four making 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque that will get the 228i to 60 mph in 6 seconds on the way to a maximum top speed of 151 mph with performance tires. It’s coupled to an eight-speed automatic and all-wheel drive, just like all 2 Series Gran Coupe models, and the all-wheel-drive system is front-drive biased, but can distribute up to 50% of power to either axle. The other engine comes in the M235i xDrive and is a modified turbocharged 2.0-liter engine with a bigger turbo, beefier internals and extra engine radiators. It makes 301 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque, and it can propel the M235i to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds on the way to a top speed of 155 mph. With the M Performance Package, it can do the sprint to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds.