BMW 2-Series Gran Coupe to launch on the 15th of October

BMW's most affordable sedan is here.

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Think you need to break the bank to gift yourself a luxury car? Well, you could own one for same price as a Skoda Superb in India. BMW will be launching the first ever 2-Series Gran Coupe in India on the 15th of October and will go head on against the upcoming Mercedes-Benz A-Class Limousine and Audi A3.

Slotting under 3-Series in the Bavarian carmaker's sedan range, expect a slightly fastback like silhouette rather than a conventional 4-door sedan. Noteworthy exterior design elements feature raked headlamps, cavernous kidney grilles, beefy haunches and frameless doors. It is built on the same platform as the X1 crossover. The on-paper figures suggest that at 4,526 mm, it is 23 mm shorter in length than the A-Class sedan planned for India. However, it racks up brownie points by tipping the scales at 1,800 mm in width. Its wheelbase stands at 2,729 mm and also offers a commodious boot at 430 litres. However, note that the India-spec model will also get the spare-tire loaded in the boot area which is likely to impede some space.

Albeit this is the most affordable BMW, it follows BMW's signature interior design with a lot of resemblance to the 3-Series. Just don't expect it to offer a voluminous interior headroom given its coupe outline which doesn't bode well with the headroom.

BMW has always delivered on driving mannerisms and taking into consideration the engine that is going to power it at the time of its launch, it should mean frolic for all the petrolheads of the country. That is delivered via a 2.0-litre twin-power turbo diesel engine which will churn out 190 hp and a peak torque of 400 Nm. This spec will be christened the 220d. Also expect a 220i or a 2.0-litre petrol engine to join the gamut in the following months.

BMW has the opportunity to tap the potential and steal the entire slice of the pie until the competition gears up. However, the 2-Series will have to be priced competitively to do just that. With a price prognosted at INR 35 Lakh for the base model, it offers the luxury car experience to first timers and those with a small budget. Will it create a stir in the entry-level luxury car market in India?

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