The all-new BMW 2-Series Gran Coupe has now finally arrived on the shores of the Indian subcontinent. It takes its place one level down from the 3-Series sedan while bringing the acquisition price down as well. Currently only available in its diesel guise, the BMW 2-Series Gran Coupe starts at Rs 39.30 lakh for the entry-level 220d Sport Line and Rs 41.40 lakh for the higher-spec 220d M Sport. Of course, both are ex-showroom prices. For your reference, the new 3-Series range kicks off at Rs 41.70 lakh. While it is certainly more affordable than the 3-Series, it isn’t as pocketable as I had first thought it would be. Moreover, these are introductory prices and are set to increase in the coming weeks, so there is that as well. To accrue more orders, BMW India was offering initial customers a Taj Experiences Gift Card worth Rs 50,000.
There is no denying the fact that the new BMW 2-Series Gran Coupe is going to attract eyeballs no matter where you go. Its wide, low-slung silhouette looks striking and sporty, while the frameless doors and full-LED headlamps add oodles of sophistication. The ever-enlarging front ‘kidney’ grille may irk some, but to others, it will be one of their favorite exterior features of this car. The aggressively-molded and neatly chiseled front & rear bumpers contribute heavily to the overall sporty nature of this Bavarian. Meanwhile, the suave alloy rims and sloping roofline deliver on their promise of a streamlined yet confident coupe persona. However, I’m not too sold on the rear LED tail lamps of the 2-Series Gran Coupe. While they look spectacular in the dark, their design isn’t particular to BMW and that is slightly disappointing.
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On the other hand, I have zilch complaints when it comes to the interior of the new 2-Series Gran Coupe. In a typical BMW way of doing things, the sheer quality of this cabin will absolutely charm your socks off. Despite its lower starting price, you will be hard-pressed to find even a single low-rent item in this plush interior. Almost everything here feels like it will last a lifetime without falling apart at the seams. The styling also follows BMW’s latest design philosophy, while the driver-centric cockpit with its dual digital displays will leave you swooning. Additionally, the leather seats offer excellent cushioning, lower-back support, and side bolstering (especially in the M Sport trim). As for its rear-seat passenger-carrying capabilities, let’s just say that you wouldn’t want to be there if you are tall. The rest of the cabin, though, is just peachy.
BMW has equipped the new 2-Series Gran Coupe with plenty of features as standard. For example, even the base Sport Line gets automatic LED headlamps, rain-sensing windshield wipers, auto-folding & power-adjustable wing mirrors, a panoramic glass roof, electrically-operated front Sports seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, ambient LED lighting, cruise control, all-round parking sensors, and a drive mode selector. The M Sport trim comes with BMW’s “M Aerodynamic Package” and thus adds a shinier kidney grille, LED front fog lamps, sportier and more aggressively styled bumpers, prominent side skirts, a rear diffuser, several ‘M’ badges, aluminum pedals, and an M steering wheel. Among the highlights, the high-definition 10.25-inch touchscreen, powered by BMW’s latest iDrive infotainment system, is very intuitive and an absolute treat to use. Sadly, it still doesn’t support Android Auto, only Apple CarPlay. Come on, BMW. Get with the times. Also, while the digital instrument cluster is beautifully made, it might take some getting used to. This is primarily because it displays the engine RPM in a counter-clockwise manner, something many aren’t familiar with.
This being a BMW, what lies underneath the hood is of paramount importance. The new 2-Series Gran Coupe (220d) is powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine that is coupled to a TwinPower turbocharger. The unit puts out 190hp along with an impressive 400Nm of torque, driving the front wheels via an 8-speed automatic gearbox. Yes, the 2-Series Gran Coupe isn’t a rear-wheel-drive Bimmer. That said, it is still equipped with Launch Control. So, if you are in the mood for it, the 2-Series Gran Coupe will happily oblige by accelerating from 0 to 100 kmph in approximately 7.5 seconds. Meanwhile, the top whack is 233 kmph. Despite being front-wheel-drive, BMW has assured that the driving dynamics of the 2-Series Gran Coupe hasn’t been compromised. One other aspect that hasn’t been left out is fuel economy – BMW claims a combined average of 18.64 kmpl.
The closest rivals of the BMW 2-Series Gran Coupe will be the yet-to-be-launched Audi A3 sedan and Mercedes-Benz A-Class sedan. Meanwhile, BMW has promised to bring in the petrol variants of the new 2-Series Gran Coupe in the near future. So, keep your eyes open for that.