BMW's first-ever 2 Series Gran Coupe, in pre-production guise, sports rather interesting camouflage - QR codes adorn its body and directs observers to a homepage with early information on the new model.
The finishing touches are currently being applied to the first ever 2 Series Gran Coupe as part of its final testing phase, a direct competitor to the Mercedes-Benz CLA in the premium compact segment.
Adding an extra level of intrigue to the eye-catching multi-coloured camouflage of the test cars is a large QR code on the front doors directing curious eyes to BMW.
The 2 Series Gran Coupe will make its world premiere at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November 2019, the worldwide market launch will get underway in autumn of 2020.
The Gran Coupe is the obvious model for BMW to offer as the premium compact segment continues to perform well. It, like the new 1 Series, is underpinned by front-wheel-drive architecture and shares an array of technological developments with the recently unveiled BMW hatch.
BMW is keen to emphasise ARB: (near-actuator wheel slip limitation) technology first featured in the i3s. ARB, BMW says, uses a slip controller positioned directly in the engine control unit rather than in the control unit for the DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) system. Its job is to eliminate long signal paths to get information relayed three times quicker, while the driver perceives wheel slip being brought under control up to ten times faster.
Range-topping M235i model with 225kW
This traction control technology teams up with the likewise standard Performance Control (yaw moment distribution) to deliver a direct and intense driving experience with both front-wheel drive and the BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive of the M235i xDrive.
The range-topping model is fitted with the most powerful four-cylinder engine in the BMW Group line-up, producing 225kW. It also comes as standard with the newly developed mechanical Torsen limited-slip differential, which gives the car an even sportier edge, says BMW, by creating a locking effect between the front wheels.