More models that defy BMW’s traditional nomenclature

A report is swirling around the Internet suggesting BMW is launching a new 2 Series Gran Coupe in 2019. The new sedan will also boast an M version, complete with the current M2’s 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six making 365 horsepower and 343 pound-feet of torque and will come with a six-speed manual and optional seven-speed dual-clutch.

For those not familiar, BMW’s “Gran Coupe” models are basically four-door sedans based on two-door coupes that have a hatchback rather than a trunk. For the 2 Series Gran Coupe, it will be an elongated 2 Series with four doors that is slightly smaller than the 3 Series sedan. BMW already does with the 4 Series and 6 Series. Making things even more confusing is BMW’s not-so-recent division of the 3 Series Coupe into its own model, the 4 Series. Then BMW gave the 4 Series (which is a coupe) a four-door version under the Gran Coupe guise. So in other words, the 4 Series Gran Coupe is a four-door hatchback version of a two-door coupe, which is a derivative of a four-door sedan. Yeah…

Continue reading for more on the rumored M2 Gran Coupe.

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A 2 Series Gran Coupe would offer more room for people and space for cargo in a compact sedan while having a handy hatchback lid

While it could be very easily argued that BMW is splitting hairs and flooding the market with cars that are too similar, the German automaker seems dead-set of the idea.

It’s hard to imagine a BMW customer wanting a premium-level, expensive 6 Series Coupe that has been transformed into a four-door hatchback, the same action makes more sense on the lower end of BMW’s lineup. A 2 Series Gran Coupe would offer more room for people and space for cargo in a compact sedan while having a handy hatchback lid. Better still is having that functionality but mixed with the M2’s 365 horsepower and slick transmission options.

An M2 Gran Coupe would compete directly against the Audi RS3 and Mercedes-AMG CLA 45. Both the Audi and Mercedes are established models, so BMW has some ground to catch up.

BMW has yet to confirm the 2 Series Gran Coupe rumors, but AutoCar reportedly has knowledge of the future plans. The website then says the new four-door hatchback coupe will arrive in showrooms sometime in 2019. It’s unknown if it will be a 2019 or 2020 model-year vehicle, however.

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BMW M2

2018 BMW M2 Gran Coupe Exterior Exclusive Renderings Computer Renderings and Photoshop
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Read our full speculative review on the 2019 BMW M2 Gran Coupe.

2016 - 2018 BMW M2 High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2018 BMW M2.

2018 Audi RS3 Sedan High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2018 Audi RS3 sedan.

2017 Mercedes-AMG CLA45
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Read our full review on the 2018 Mercedes-AMG CLA45.

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Source: Autocar

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