The front-wheel-drive four-door expands the split in 2 Series powertrains. The Gran Coupe will ride on the same UKL architecture as the 2 Series Active Tourer and Gran Tourer, while the next-gen 2 Series coupe and cabriolet remain rear-wheel drive. The question that demands to be answered is whether there will be a RWD M2 Gran Coupe. There've been rumors of such for three years now, but nothing confirmed. In February, Autocar reported a 365-hp M model is on the way to battle the all-wheel-drive Audi RS3 and Mercedes-AMG CLA 45. The decklid spoiler in the teaser photo is said to denote the hottest confirmed variant, the M Performance M235i. That will pack roughly 300 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque moving through an eight-speed automatic, with larger brakes and 18-inch wheels. Sources vary as to whether that gumption comes from a four-cylinder or an inline-six. A 2.0-liter four-cylinder can be expected to make its way here as well, its ponies numbering somewhere in the mid-200s. Other markets will get a wide choice of gas and diesel engines, and the option of a six-speed manual. It's been said that all U.S.-bound models will come with xDrive all-wheel drive.
A new interior will preview what's coming for the overhauled coupe due in 2020. Signaling a busy end-of-year for BMW's litter runts, the next-generation 1 Series gets a showing this year, too.