BMW has unveiled its latest baby car, the new 2 Series Gran Coupe. Whilst China has a 2 Series sedan, the rest of us will have to make do with the Gran Coupe. Mzansi will get its examples into the country in early 2020 when the car is launched to compete against the likes of Audi A3 sedan and Mercedes-Benz CLA.

The 2 Series GC is quite large actually. That’s because of the fact that it uses front-wheel architecture instead of rear-wheel drive, a first for a BMW sedan. Overall length is a whopping 4.5 metres, width is at 1.8m, height at 1.4m and the wheelbase is 2.67m long for legroom that is only 18cm less than that of the new 3 Series (G20). Essentially if China gets a long-wheel-base version of the 2 Series GC, it will have the same legroom as the normal 3 Series. The boot takes up 430 litres of space in normal configuration.

From the front end BMW looks to have done some serious redesigning, with the double kidney grille dominating with its 3D effects. LED headlights and daytime running lights are standard. The side profile does take on a coupe form, with the roof sloping quite gradually from about the centre, all the way to the boot. Like other coupes, the car features frameless windows. The rear end is probably the most interesting to look at, with a raised spoiler, L-shaped lights cluster with a top bar running across and trapezoidal exhaust tailpipes.

While the interior has a bit of a minimalistic look about it, it is packed with all the latest gadgets that BMW can fit into a small sedan, including the latest version of iDrive infotainment with the usual round toggle and touch screen, ConnectedDrive, Bluetooth etc etc. Hopefully buyers will take advantage of the individualisation options and bring some colour into the environment.

BMW is announcing the 2 Series Gran Coupe with three engine models; two petrols and one diesel. They are 218i, 220d, and M235i. The 218i uses a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine pushing out 103kW of power and 220Nm of torque. Interestingly it comes standard with a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed double clutch automatic.

The 220d produces 140kW and 400Nm from its 2.0-litre turbo diesel engine, which goes to the front wheels (remember) via an 8-speed automatic. At the top end is the M235i with xDrive all-wheel-drive (AWD) with a 2.0-litre turbo petrol making 225kW and 450Nm and an 8-speed automatic transmission.

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