With this in mind, it comes as no surprise that BMW will work its Gran Coupe styling down the line to its new 2 Series in the next few years. A new report suggests the German automaker is plotting a 2 Series Gran Coupe for release in mid-2018.
For those of you who were upset that the traditionally rear-wheel drive marque had gone front-wheel drive with new models like the 1 Series and 2 Series Active Tourer, fear not, for the 2 Series Gran Coupe will be rear-wheel drive, with the possibility of an X-Drive all-wheel drive variant down the road.
Why another Gran Coupe, you might ask? I don’t have a great answer for you, except that BMW has used the Gran Coupes: 4 and 6 Series to parlay sportier and more upscale versions of the models upon which they are based.
Where things get confusing with BMW is that, for example, the 4 Series Gran Coupe is intended to be a more stylized version of the 3 Series sedan, not the 4 Series Coupe. Same goes for the 6 Series Gran Coupe, which in effect is a more attractive and aggressive version of the 5 Series, not the 6 Series Coupe.
By that logic, a 2 Series Gran Coupe will be the hotter cousin to the upcoming front-wheel drive 1 Series sedan. From that perspective, I can respect the new addition, though as has been the case lately, the 2 Series Gran Coupe will rob sales from both the 1 Series, like the 4 Series Gran Coupe has stolen sales from the 3 Series.
Perhaps BMW’s outlook is that it all stays in the family, sales-wise. BMW does still produce some of the better driver’s cars in their respective — yet ever expanding — classes, but at what point do buyers become so confused that they look elsewhere?
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