A new generation of extrovert coupe

BMW Asia and QAF Auto announced the availability of the first-ever BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe in Brunei at their inaugural first virtual launch event of the first-ever BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe on BMW Brunei’s Facebook Live and Youtube Premiere last night.

General Manager of QAF Auto Alisa Khoo in her speech mentioned that while they are working hard to address the COVID-19 challenge, QAF Auto has also taken it as an opportunity to change how they engage with their customers. The unexpected worldwide event has enabled them to be creative in how they deliver their products and services, while still providing a premium experience.

For the first time ever, BMW is bringing the four-door coupe concept into the premium compact segment. This dashing alternative to the classical sedan celebrates its arrival with a fresh dose of individuality, aesthetic appeal and emotional engagement, backed up by innovative control/operation and connectivity tech, excellent everyday usability and the dynamic capability for which BMW is renowned.

Built in Leipzig, the first-ever BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe has all the ingredients to fuel the enthusiasm of new, design-led customers for BMW’s hallmark driving pleasure. It represents an appealing addition to the model line-up, in particular in markets such as Brunei where the sedan body style enjoys strong popularity.

Like its four-door coupe siblings from the BMW 4 Series and BMW 8 Series ranges, the first-ever BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe reveals a strong focus on design with boldly rich lines, frameless side doors, and a dynamic exterior design. The four-door coupe combines these elements with a high level of everyday practicality, including excellent interior space and a large load compartment.

The all new BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe. PHOTOS: QAF AUTO
ABOVE & BELOW: The roofline has a graceful flow, while the long window graphic visually reduces the weight over the rear end; and the first-ever BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe allows the user to combine various operating options according to the situation at hand and their preferences while the various controls and grouped clusters – such as the air conditioning and the different driving functions – are designed for easy operability

In line with its sporting looks, the first-ever BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe establishes a new dynamic yardstick in its class. The car features the advanced BMW front-wheel-drive architecture, while in the BMW M235i xDrive form, it comes with BMW xDrive all-wheel drive as standard. Furnished with cutting-edge chassis technology and innovative systems eg in the field of control system technology, the first-ever BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe likewise raises the bar in terms of driving dynamics and agility. It is the perfect choice for customers for whom sportiness, cutting-edge connectivity, and ample on-board space rank highly.

EXTERIOR: A DYNAMICALLY STRETCHED SILHOUETTE WITH EXCLUSIVE DETAILS

The standout characteristic of the first-ever BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe is its dynamically stretched silhouette lifted from the classical coupe blueprint. Large surfaces and the minimal use of crisp lines embody the new BMW design language. The first-ever BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe has a sporty, low and broad-set stance on the road – it measures 4,526mm in length and 1,800mm in width, but stands just 1,420mm tall. Passengers are well catered for space-wise, thanks to the 2,670mm wheelbase. The 430-litre luggage compartment can also be expanded in various ways, significantly increasing the car’s versatility in its range of applications in daily use.

The first-ever BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe also adds the premium aesthetic drawn from its larger stablemates – these include features such as four frameless side doors and contoured kidney grille bars with an eye-catching indentation. Most strikingly, the all-new design of the rear lights extends well into the centre of the rear end and hand over to a High-gloss Black band, which runs up to and encircles the centrally located BMW badge. This combination of the rear lights and connecting element makes a horizontal statement and accentuates the width of the rear.

LOW, WIDE, SPORTY AND WITH LED HEADLIGHTS AS STANDARD

The car’s confident appearance stems from the dynamic front end with its fresh interpretation of classical BMW icons. Slightly angled headlights – which feature full-LED technology as standard – form the prominent BMW four-eyed face and draw attention to the familiar BMW kidney grille. The grille takes the form of a large and connected element, as well as spreading out further to either side. In a styling tweak unique to the premium-compact four-door coupe, the kidney bars are contoured, an eye-catching vertical indentation in the bars providing a three-dimensional effect when the kidney bars are specified in Aluminium satinated. An exclusive visual identifier of the line-up’s sporting flagship – the first-ever BMW M235i xDrive Gran Coupe – is its striking grille design with pronounced three-dimensional mesh in place of the classical bars, along with larger outer air intakes. The mesh design is inspired by racing cars and brings extra depth and perceived quality to the front end.

A FLOWING ROOFLINE WITH PROMINENT SHOULDERS

Precise lines in the flanks create a fascinating interplay of light and shade, thereby emphasising the agile proportions and hallmark elegance of a modern BMW coupe. The roofline has a graceful flow, while the long window graphic visually reduces the weight over the rear end. Further down the car, the shoulderline extends well back to the rear, creating an elongating effect on the body. In addition, a distinct side taper at the C-pillar injects a feeling of sportiness into the shoulder section above the powerfully contoured rear wheel arches. This also highlights the width of the car when viewed from the rear and gives the first-ever BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe its broad stance on the road.

Like the headlights, the wide, slender rear lights are full-LED as standard. They provide an all-new take on the familiar BMW “L” shape with a single slim light element and a distinctive sweep to the side. The pared-back look lends the rear a classy sense of modernity, also encapsulated by the elaborately shaped tailgate with four-piece styling. Chrome exhaust tailpipes with a 90 mm diameter (the first-ever BMW M235i xDrive Gran Coupe has striking free-form pipes) set the seal on the sporting aesthetic.

The first-ever BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe is fitted with M light-alloy wheels, with a diameter of 18 inches. Polished M light-alloy wheels with a 19-inch diameter are available as an option, as is a large, electrically operated panoramic roof.

INTERIOR: SPORTING FLAIR AND AN IMPRESSIVE SENSE OF SPACE

The interior of the first-ever BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe combines sporting flair with exquisite materials and a use of space designed with both family life and long-distance journeys in mind. Its modernity is underscored by innovative detail solutions, such as the backlit trim strips in Illuminated Boston on the first-ever BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe.

The first-ever BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe belies its elegant coupe form with generous levels of cabin space, welcoming rear passengers with ease of entry. The car features 33 mm of extra kneeroom over the first-ever BMW 2 Series Coupe, as well as a seating position that is 12mm higher. Practical stowage areas further enhance the comfort and convenience factor. The boot holds 430 litres of gear (40 litres more than the two-door coupe) and this can be expanded further by folding down the 40:20:40 split rear seat backrest. In a further touch of convenience, the rear bench can also be released fully from the load compartment. The tailgate opens automatically at the press of a button or the wave of a foot with the Comfort Access function.

A COCKPIT SQUARELY FOCUSSED ON THE DRIVER

The first-ever BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe allows the user to combine various operating options according to the situation at hand and their preferences. The various controls and grouped clusters – such as the air conditioning and the different driving functions – are designed for easy operability. In addition to the usual buttons on the centre console and steering wheel, other frontline control elements include the iDrive Controller with touchpad and the standard 8.8-inch Control Display with touchscreen functionality. BMW Live Cockpit Plus also adds a navigation system and intelligent voice control with online speech processing. Access to the infotainment offering provided by the new BMW Operating System 7.0 is via a display grouping with two large 10.25-inch screens on the optional BMW Live Cockpit Professional. The high-resolution Control Display is centrally mounted, touch-sensitive and angled towards the driver in customary BMW fashion – drivers can configure this large screen combination to their individual preference. Standout features on the BMW Live Cockpit Professional system include an adaptive navigation system and a hard-drive-based multimedia system.

The optional gesture control comprises seven different gestures, two of which can be assigned to functions of the customer’s choosing. Also optionally available is the full-colour 9.2-inch BMW Head-Up Display, supplying drivers with information without diverting their eyes off the road.

TWO EQUIPMENT LINES, ONE FLAGSHIP MODEL

The first-ever BMW 218i Gran Coupe M Sport model comes standard with a front apron with specially sculpted air intakes and High-gloss Black trim elements, kidney grille bars in Aluminium satinated and a BMW M rear apron in Dark Shadow. It also features the M Sport steering wheel and standard-fit sports seats with Trigon/Sensatec covers.

On the first-ever BMW M235i xDrive Gran Coupe, exclusive styling cues and colour accents in Cerium Grey underscore its status as the sporting spearhead in the line-up. The flagship model also has a BMW M rear apron in High-gloss Black, a BMW M rear spoiler in body colour on the tailgate, and sports seats with Trigon/Alcantara as standard.

POWERTRAIN AND CHASSIS: SUPREME AGILITY AND DYNAMIC PROWESS

Like the new BMW 1 Series, the first-ever BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe employs BMW’s sophisticated front-wheel-drive architecture. The product of many years of experience amassed by the BMW Group, this architecture imbues the four-door coupe with exceptional agility.

Thanks to the perfectly orchestrated interaction between cutting-edge chassis engineering, innovative technologies, and the integrated components and control systems, the fast, precise responses of the four-door coupe elevate the driving experience to enviable heights. Credit here goes in part to the transfer of technology from BMW i to the BMW core brand – the near-actuator wheel slip limitation (ARB) tech drawn from the BMW i3s is fitted as standard in the first-ever BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe.

Wheel slip is controlled extremely precisely and swiftly, significantly improving traction when the car pulls away, corners, or accelerates on dry and wet roads in all driving conditions. The slip controller is positioned directly in the engine control unit rather than in the control unit for the Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) system. Eliminating long signal paths means that information is relayed three times quicker, while the driver perceives wheel slip being brought under control up to 10 times faster. Near-actuator wheel slip limitation works in tandem with the DSC system to significantly reduce power understeer – a typical drawback of front-wheel-drive cars – without the need for corrective inputs to stabilise lateral dynamics.

NEUTRAL STEERING BEHAVIOUR WITH BMW PERFORMANCE CONTROL

Also included as standard is BMW Performance Control – this yaw moment distribution system works in conjunction with ARB to increase handling agility. The system intelligently applies the brakes at the wheels on the inside of the bend before the slip threshold has been reached, thereby suppressing any initial understeer and ensures neutral steering behaviour. Drivers can deactivate the DSC system if they wish to take over full control of the car’s sporty handling abilities. Further increasing the agility on the first-ever BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe is the M Sport steering – its direct ratio and sharp response adds to the car’s already healthy appetite for corners.

TWO SUSPENSION OPTIONS ACROSS THE RANGE

The first-ever BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe comes standard with the M Sport suspension with a 10mm reduction in ride height, complete with M Sport steering. The range-topping BMW M235i xDrive Gran Coupe features the adaptive suspension including VDC (Variable Damper Control). All BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe models have a multi-link rear axle.

TWO ENGINE CHOICES AND TRANSMISSION TECHNOLOGIES

The first-ever BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe is available with a choice of two petrol engines from the latest-generation BMW EfficientDynamics family. A raft of individual measures has given these engines better fuel economy in all driving conditions and lower exhaust emissions.

The three-cylinder unit in the first-ever BMW 218i Gran Coupe produces 140hp with a maximum torque output of 220Nm from 1,480rpm to 4,200rpm. An overboost function briefly generates an extra 10 Nm in fourth gear or higher. The first-ever BMW 218i Gran Coupe accelerates from 0 to 100km/h in 8.7 seconds and goes on to reach a top speed of 215km/h. The engine’s power is relayed via the highly sophisticated seven-speed Steptronic dual-clutch transmission.

The line-up is spearheaded by the BMW Group’s most powerful four-cylinder engine in the first-ever BMW M235i xDrive Gran Coupe – it has an output of 306hp with a maximum 450Nm of torque from 1,750-4,500rpm, endowing the flagship model with extremely sporty performance. The first-ever BMW M235i xDrive Gran Coupe races to 100km/h from rest in just 4.9 seconds en route to a top speed electronically limited to 250km/h.

PARKING ASSISTANT WITH THE INNOVATIVE REVERSING ASSISTANT

Extensive assistance with parking and manoeuvring is available on the first-ever BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe in the form of the Park Distance Control (PDC), rear view camera and Parking Assistant. The latter enables automatic assisted parking in spaces that are either parallel or perpendicular to the road, as well as automatic manoeuvring out of parallel parking spaces. The innovative Reversing Assistant stores the steering movements for any section the car has just driven forward along at no more than 36 km/h – all the driver has to do is to operate the accelerator and brake pedals, and monitor the vehicle’s surroundings. The system is then able to steer the vehicle in reverse – for distances of up to 50 metres at a maximum 9km/h – along exactly the same line it took when moving forward.

The first-ever BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe is now available for viewing at the QAF Auto showroom.