Touch down! BMW’s first-ever 2 Series Gran Coupe now available in SA

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2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe. Image: Press Club / BMW SA
2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe. Image: Press Club / BMW SA

BMW’s first-ever 2 Series Gran Coupe arrives in South Africa and is available at local dealerships.

The 2 Series GC sports a length of 4.52m, a width of 1.8m, and stands 4.12m tall. Underlining the comprehensive size is a boot of 430L.

The 2 Series GC, interestingly, is underpinned by BMW’s front-wheel-drive system – a setup first seen on the latest BMW 1 Series.

The range

The launch models comprise of two petrol powered models, and one diesel – all turbocharged. The latter features BMW’s 2.0-litre diesel mill that produces 140kW and 400Nm of torque. This model is the 220d. In the standard 2 Series range, this engine is mated to BMW’s eight-speed automatic gearbox.

The 218i features a 1.5-litre three-cylinder motor with 103kW and 220Nm. Torque is already available at a low 1480rpm, all the way to 4200rpm. The 2 Series GC shares this engine with the new 1 Series, which is mated to a seven-speed auto ‘box.

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The 235i xDrive implements a 2.0-litre petrol motor that pushes out 225kW and 450Nm. An eight-speed automatic transmission sends power to all four wheels. And given this model’s sporty credentials, expect a 0 - 100km/h time of under five seconds, thanks to Launch Control. Top speed will, assumedly, be limited to 250km/h.

BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe

2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe. Image: Press Club / BMW SA

What to expect

BMW South Africa says: "The BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe benefits from innovative driver assistance systems filtering down from higher models. The Lane Departure Warning system with active lane return is optional, along with Active Cruise Control, the Driving Assistant including Lane Change Warning, rear collision warning and crossing traffic warning, plus the innovative reversing assistant."

Recommended retail prices in South Africa:

• 218i - R515 000

• 220d - R595 000

• M235i xDrive - R725 000

BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe

2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe. Image: Press Club / BMW SA

Compiled by: Charlen Raymond

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