Just not the pride of owning a shiny BMW badge comes into the picture, but 2 GC opens up unexplored avenues for the carmaker. New target audience, a body form that’s gradually gaining popularity and perhaps the first accessible luxury four-wheeler of this festive season, there is a lot to explore.
Call it an irresistibly hot four-door coupe or compromise on space, the 2 Series isn’t the first of its kind from BMW. The delightful success with the 6 Series Gran Coupe made way from the august 8 series GC. Understandably, thorough-bred experimentation is in the genes of BWM. Why, think about the X6? One mocked upon, X6 has now become the torchbearer of coupe-SUVs.
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BMW India would be heavily banking on 2 Series Gran Coupe, with the upcoming Mercedes-Benz A-Class Limousine breathing down its neck. BMW India exudes confidence as Vikram Pawah, President, BMW Group India says the car injects a fresh dose of individuality, aesthetic appeal and emotional engagement to everyday usability.
The BMW 2 Series is a year late to the Indian market but it happens to be the only 4-door coupe concept in its price bracket and segment. Certainly an accessible BMW … but would it be correct to call it an affordable BMW? Let’s come to that in a while.
BMW 2 Series GC looks absolutely smashing. Unless told, you wouldn’t know The 2 is based on The 1, which was once the gateway to the brand in India. BMW had to discontinue the 1 series here, which particularly didn’t taste much success due to the hatchback staying.
The world is different now, the BMW designers deserve a pat on their back. The 2 Series Gran Coupe, based on the 1 series platform, is a low, wide, and sporty sedan that begs for attention on the move. The familiar BMW kidney grille with connected elements, Gran Coupe genes lending a flowing roofline and prominent shoulders ensure the 2 Series doesn’t miss out on anything when it comes to an aerodynamic look. At 4-and-a-half metres in length, the smallest Gran Coupe isn’t actually all that small instead it a dynamic coupe with a long wheelbase.
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Use frameless doors are debatable, which may not be of everyone’s liking. Term it exclusivity or not, the latest car I remember without a frame in recent times was Audi’s flagship Q8. An entry-level sedan doesn’t mean it will miss out on the BMW equipment list. The 2 Series is available in Sport Line and MSport trims, which roll on 17-inch and 18-inch alloys respectively.
The full LED set up having a classic BMW interpretation and L-shaped rear LEDs have a good throw to illuminate what’s ahead of you at night. Inside the cabin, you get BMW’s famed Live Cockpit Professional with 10.25-inch fully digital display. With the MSport trim also derives the gesture commands from bigger BMWs to control the entertainment. Wireless charging, iDrive Touch Controller, funky light inserts on the dashboard, one-touch adjustable front seats, and panoramic sunroof ensures you have the feel of a BMW and not a compromise in the pack.
The 2 Series shares the 2-litre, 4-cylinder, twin-turbo diesel engine with the 3 Series. With 190 horses and 400 Nm rushing the 2 Gran Coupe, it’s actually a fun-to-drive sedan. The aerodynamic stance helps it achieve a 0-100 kmph at 7.5 seconds. To add some perspective, The 3 is marginally quicker by 0.8 seconds.
Now, people choose BMW over other German cars to enjoy the thrill of driving, express excitement and keep it light-footed. And surprisingly, BMW 2 Gran Coupe will not disappoint in you any aspect. The view from the driver’s seat is brilliant, in your hands is the agile and well-judged MSport steering wheel. The 8-speed Steptronic sport transmission is quick to respond to throttle inputs and when in mood, the driver can make use of the shift paddles. What may prompt you to look at the 2 GC is the fantastic fuel efficiency of nearly 20 kmpl when driven in Eco mode.
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The good part is that 2 Series is locally produced in India, and perhaps the not-so-good-part is the drive quality. The 18-inch, flat section tyres and the firm ride quality mean you are bound to feel the road undulations more often than not. Also, the coupe roofline washes away some sense of airiness and space. So, you better choose the car with just a family of 3.
BMW pays a lot of attention to the safety aspect of their cars. 220d is no exception. With 6 airbags, parking functionality with reversing assist, an anti-locking brake system with brake assist feature, stability programme, traction control, electronic differential locks and a slew of other equipment are part of the BMW safety technologies.
BMW seems to be in a bit of an experimentative phase with the 2 Gran Coupe. Perhaps hurried, the sedan is only available as diesel-only 220d. The petrol variant, 220i, the company says will be coming to India at some later stage. Also, the more powerful M235i, with a 3-litre engine, generating 330PS and 450Nm has been kept out of the ambit of the Indian audience.
The expectation was to drive the most-affordable BMW badge. That, however, seems to have derailed by a fair margin. Priced at Rs 39.30 lakh and Rs 41.40 lakh (ex-showroom), 2 GC’s MSport trim creeps into the Sport Trim of 3 series. I believe, I need another session with the latest Gran Coupe to understand how the price went extreme north of the expectation.
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