The split between the 1-Series and 2-Series model is opening up doors for BMW to start planning body variations for both models, expanding the lineup and hopefully bringing in more sales. The coupe and convertible versions of the old 1-Series will find themselves sporting a 2-Series tag, with a Gran Coupe to follow, and now, a Tourer variation as well.
The new BMW 2-Series Gran Sports Tourer could be the first model from the upcoming "Gran Tourer" line-up and aims "to those that desire something innovative and fresh in design but still combining practicality and exclusivity and that all important premium feel." It will target models like the Mercedes-Benz CLA and the Audi A3 Sedan .
The Gran Sports Tourer will be offered in a rear-wheel-drive configuration and will have both a sporty look and reasonable practicality. As for its exterior design, the next Gran Sports Tourer model will feature a more flat raked rear end, like the one seen in the classic 1600/2002 Touring. This will allow BMW to combine historic design with a contemporary look.