2 Series Gran Coupe: BMW launches a new car and its not an SUV
But did they get the pricing right?
Finally! After months of witnessing jacked-up crossovers and bulky proportioned SUV get launched in the market, there’s an all-new sedan. And it comes from a German stable, enthusiasts are quite fond of.
BMW has unveiled its most affordable sedan for the Indian market and its called the 2 Series Gran Coupe. Priced at INR 39.3 lacs for the base variant, the 2 Series marks the entry point to the BMW portfolio. The only other trim spec available is called the M Sport and equips the car with sporty bits. More on that later.
First comes the design. Fortunately, the 2 Series Gran Coupe will not be sold in China which is why the kidney grille hasn’t been maximised to 500 per cent like in the latest 7 series and X7. The rear appears to be lifted from the coupe SUV duo of the X4 and the X6, and it looks rather odd here.
Then comes the driving pleasure. At launch, just the sole 220d variant is on offer. And that gets you a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine capable of churning out a modest 190hp and 400Nm of torques. On being mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox, the car can make the 0-100kph sprint in 7.5 seconds. Disappointed with the diesel powertrain? There’s a 192hp four-cylinder, turbo-petrol version named as the 220i variant, slated to arrive in the next one year.
BMW enthusiasts would be well-versed with the 2 Series’ cabin as it looks identical to its cousins. The dashboard gets a couple of screens - one for the instrument cluster and the other 10.25cm unit as the infotainment screen. Creature comforts in the BMW would comprise of cruise control, paddle shifters, auto headlamps, powered front seats to name a few.
If you opt for the sportier M Sport trim level, the cabin additionally gets an M Sport steering wheel along with aluminium pedals. On the outside, the front grille gets more chrome, the bumpers are more aggressive, M badges on the fenders and 18-inch alloys as opposed to the 17-inch ones provided in the standard Sport Line variant. BMW would retail all this sportiness at INR 41.40 lakh, and that’s exactly the problem.
The 2 series defies the traditional front-engined rear-wheel-drive setup seen on the current crop of BMWs as it comes with a front-engined front-wheel-drive layout. Plus, prices for the bigger and faster 3 series starts from INR 41.7 lacs which is a mere INR 30,000 more than the best 2 Series on offer. And even in the bottom end of product line-up, the X1 SUV undercuts the 2 Series by INR 3 lacs (approximately), and one certainly gets more space with that.
If the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe were priced around INR 32 lacs, it would’ve made more sense and more importantly, given its yet-to-get-launched rivals - the Audi A3 and the Mercedes A Class Limousine, something to scratch that heads upon.
PS: All pictures are global-spec so expect minute changes in the Indian variant