will finally have its
2 Series Gran Coupe
. The Munich maker teased a rear three-quarter view of the compact sedan ahead of a debut at this year's
Los Angeles Auto Show
. Worldwide sales begin in spring 2020, and will "attract new target groups to
" thanks to its combination of "
sporty, elegant, extravagant
" abilities. And markets that like notchbacks.
The front-wheel-drive four-door expands the split in
powertrains. The Gran Coupe will ride on the same UKL architecture as the
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
Gran Coupe. There've been
of such for three years now,
but nothing confirmed
. In February,
a 365-hp M model
is on the way to battle the all-wheel-drive
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
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
Series gets a showing this year, too.