German carmaker BMW is to launch the M2 Gran Coupe and the 2 Series Gran Coupe in the international markets by 2019. Seems like the only thing that's taking them time is the design of the car.
Designers and BMW officials are wondering if the car should sport a traditional 4-door design like the 6 Series Gran Coupe or sport a liftback design. Some feel that a traditional design will help the car with structural rigidity, while others feel that the liftback design will give the car more practicality.
Speaking about engine options, the 2 Series Gran Coupe will be powered by three and four-cylinder turbocharged engines that powers the 2 Series Coupe and Cabriolet that is sold in the international markets.
The 2 Series Gran Coupe could also receive a hybrid version, with a 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine and an electric motor. Customers will also have a choice between a 6-speed manual or an 8-speed automatic gearbox, along with an optional four-wheel drive system.
The M2 Gran Coupe on the other hand will be powered by a 3.0-litre, six-cylinder turbocharged engine that will produce around 370bhp. The engine will be mated to a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed automatic gearbox, sending power to the rear wheels.
The car will feature a longitudinally mounted engine, unlike its competitors, that have a transversely mounted engine. BMW claims that this will help the car have better driving traits compared to its rivals like the Audi RS3 and the Mercedes-AMG CLA 45.