BMW is currently in the process of testing an updated version of its popular 2-Series Gran Coupe, a compact sedan that first hit the market in 2019 as a 2020 model. The new and improved version of the 2-Series Gran Coupe is expected to be released next year as a 2025 model. Alongside this updated model, BMW will also be launching a refreshed version of the related 1-Series hatchback, which will be sold overseas. Both cars will be built on BMW Group’s FAAR platform, specifically designed for front-wheel-drive vehicles.
With heavy camouflage covering the prototype, it is clear that significant changes and updates are in the works for the 2-Series Gran Coupe. There have been rumors suggesting that BMW might position this car as a next-generation model. Some noticeable changes include a new design for the headlights, as well as a fresh grille. The front fascia will also feature a new design, with a more horizontal theme. At the rear, the taillight signature is expected to be revamped, along with a cleaner fascia design.
Inside the cabin, the 2-Series Gran Coupe is expected to adopt a more modern dash design, similar to what can be found in the related 2-Series Active Tourer sold overseas. This means that the car will feature a larger infotainment screen and a new center console layout, including additional controls. Instead of the traditional upright lever, there may be a small nub for changing gears.
As for the powertrain options, it is still unclear what BMW has planned for the 2-Series Gran Coupe. However, it is possible that the range-topping M235i variant, which currently boasts a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine producing 301 horsepower, may receive a power boost. Rumors suggest that the output could be increased to 312 horsepower, matching the same engine’s output in the upcoming X1 M35i crossover that is set to be released in 2024. The latest prototype spotted is the M235i variant, as indicated by the large brakes and quad-exhaust tips. In addition to the M235i, the U.S. market is likely to see the 228i model, which features a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine producing 228 horsepower.
Given BMW’s push towards electrification, it is also possible that a plug-in hybrid powertrain may be added to the 2-Series Gran Coupe lineup. At this time, there are no plans for an all-electric version of the car. If a plug-in hybrid variant were to be introduced, it would likely take inspiration from the plug-in hybrid variant of the 2-Series Active Tourer. This variant currently features a combination of a 1.5-liter turbocharged 3-cylinder engine and an electric motor, producing a combined output of up to 321 horsepower.
In addition to the 2-Series Gran Coupe, BMW is also working on the development of another compact model that is likely to reach the U.S. market. One of the upcoming models that has been spotted during testing is the redesigned X2 crossover. The current version of the X2 is already sold in the U.S., but with the redesign, BMW will introduce an electric option, known as the iX2, for the first time.
With the upcoming changes and updates to the 2-Series Gran Coupe and other BMW models, it is clear that the company is committed to providing customers with the latest advancements in design, technology, and powertrain options. Whether it’s through the adoption of modern dash layouts, the inclusion of larger infotainment screens, or the introduction of electrified powertrains, BMW aims to stay at the forefront of the automotive industry and continue to cater to the evolving needs and preferences of its customers.