WATCH | SA-bound BMW 2 Series Gran Coupé breaks cover

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BMW has entered the premium compact sedan arena with a 2 Series Gran Coupé model that will make its debut at the Los Angeles motor show in November. 

Set to go on sale in South Africa in the first quarter of 2020, the range is headlined by the M235i xDrive (all-wheel drive) model and is powered by a 3.0-litre turbocharged engine with 225kW and 450Nm which goes through an eight-speed automatic sports transmission.

Other models in the range are the 220d and the 218i, the latter is powered by a three-cylinder petrol with 103kW, while the 220d has a power output of 140kW from a four-cylinder diesel unit. 

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Gearbox choices for the 218i include a six-speed manual or seven-speed twin-clutch transmission, while the 220d comes with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

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Five trim lines will be available: Basic, Advantage, Sport Line, Luxury Line and M Sport. Important to note is that the Gran Coupé utilises the new 1 Series' front-wheel drive platform. 

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Compared to the rest of the 2 Series models, the Gran Coupe is distinguished frameless side windows and the rear lights that cut deep into the boot lid and finished off with a centrally-located BMW badge. 

Measuring in at just over 4.5 metres long 1.8 metres wide, the Gran Coupe is 1.4 metres tall and has a wheelbase of 2.6 metres. BMW quotes a 430-litre boot size in the new model.

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Standard specification for the M235i xDrive flagship model includes a mechanical Torsen limited-slip differential, special M Sport steering andup-rated M Sport brakes. 

Driver aids available on the 2 Series Gran Coupé include Lane Departure Warning system with active lane return and collision and pedestrian warning with city braking function are fitted as standard in Europe.

Active cruise control, the driving assistant including lane departure warning, rear collision warning and crossing traffic warning, plus the innovative reversing assistant are all available as options. 

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