BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe Review: BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe Review: Surprises with Price and Performance
The pride of owning a shiny BMW badge just doesn’t come into play, but the 2 GC opens up uncharted paths for the automaker. New target audience, a body shape that is gradually gaining popularity and perhaps the first accessible luxury vehicle of this holiday season, there is much to explore.
Call it an irresistibly hot four-door coupe or compromise on space, the 2 Series isn’t the first of its kind from BMW. Delicious success with the 6 Series Gran Coupé gave way to the GC Series August 8. Thorough experimentation is understandably in the genes of BWM. Why think about the X6? One of them teased, the X6 has now become the torchbearer of coupe SUVs.
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BMW India would bet heavily on the 2 Series Gran Coupe, with the upcoming Mercedes-Benz A-Class limousine breathing down its neck. BMW India radiates confidence when Vikram Pawah, president of BMW Group India, says that the car injects a new dose of individuality, aesthetic appeal and emotional commitment to everyday usability.
The BMW 2 Series is a year late on the Indian market, but it turns out to be the only 4-door coupe concept in its price range and segment. Certainly an accessible BMW … but would it be correct to call it an affordable BMW? Let’s get to that in a moment.
The BMW 2 Series GC looks absolutely spectacular. Unless you are told, you wouldn’t know that The 2 is based on The 1, which was once the gateway to the brand in India. BMW had to discontinue the 1-series here, which was particularly not very successful due to the hatchback sticking around.
The world is different now, BMW designers deserve a pat on the back. Based on the Series 1 platform, the Series 2 Gran Coupé is a low, wide, sporty sedan that demands attention on the move. BMW’s well-known kidney-shaped grille with connected elements, Gran Coupe genes that provide a flowing roofline and prominent shoulders ensure that the 2 Series doesn’t miss a thing when it comes to aerodynamic looks. At 4.5 meters in length, the smallest Gran Coupe is not really that small, but a dynamic coupe with a long wheelbase.
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The use of frameless doors is debatable, which may not be to everyone’s liking. Call it exclusivity or not, the last car I can remember without a frame in recent times was Audi’s flagship Q8. An entry-level sedan doesn’t mean it’ll be lost on BMW’s team roster. The Series 2 is available in Sport Line and MSport versions, which are wound in 17 and 18-inch alloys respectively.
The full LED setup with a classic BMW interpretation and the L-shaped rear LEDs have good projection to illuminate what is ahead at night. Inside the cockpit, you get BMW’s famous Live Cockpit Professional with 10.25-inch full digital display. With the MSport trim you also get the gesture commands of the larger BMWs to control entertainment. Wireless charging, iDrive Touch controller, fun dash light inserts, one-touch adjustable front seats, and panoramic sunroof ensure you have the feel of a BMW and not a compromise on the package.
The Series 2 shares the 2-liter 4-cylinder twin-turbo diesel engine with the Series 3. With 190 horsepower and 400 Nm running the 2 Gran Coupé, it’s actually a fun-to-drive sedan. The streamlined stance helps it hit 0-100 km / h in 7.5 seconds. To add some perspective, The 3 is marginally faster at 0.8 seconds.
Now, people choose BMW over other German cars to enjoy the thrill of driving, express excitement and keep their feet light. And surprisingly, the BMW 2 Gran Coupé won’t let you down in any way. The view from the driver’s seat is brilliant, in your hands is the agile and well-judged MSport steering wheel. The 8-speed Steptronic sports transmission responds quickly to throttle inputs and, when in the mood, the driver can use the shift paddles. What may lead you to look at the 2 GC is the fantastic fuel efficiency of nearly 20kmpl when driving in Eco mode.
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The good part is that Series 2 is produced locally in India, and perhaps the not so great part is the quality of the transmission. The 18-inch flat-section tires and firm ride quality mean you’re sure to feel the ripples of the road most of the time. Plus, the coupe’s roofline eliminates a sense of spaciousness and space. So you better choose the car with just a family of 3.
BMW pays close attention to the safety aspect of its cars. 220d is no exception. With 6 airbags, reverse assist parking functionality, an antilock braking system with brake assist function, stability program, traction control, electronic differential locks and a host of other equipment are part of the BMW safety technologies.
BMW appears to be in an experimentation phase with the 2 Gran Coupe. Perhaps rushed, the sedan is only available as a 220d diesel only. The gasoline variant, 220i, according to the company, will arrive in India at a later stage. Furthermore, the more powerful M235i, with a 3-liter engine, generating 330 hp and 450 Nm, has been kept out of the purview of the Indian audience.
The expectation was to drive the most affordable BMW badge. That, however, appears to have been derailed by a fair margin. Priced at Rs 39.30 lakh and Rs 41.40 lakh (ex-showroom), the 2 GC MSport model is introduced to the Series 3 Sport Trim model. I think I need another session with the latest Gran Coupe to understand how. the price went north than expected.
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