F44 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe teased ahead of debut – range-topping M235i xDrive gets 302 hp 2.0L turbo

The new F44 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe is set to make its debut soon, but before that, the German carmaker has released several photos of a development car wrapped in multi-coloured camouflage to get us all excited.

Like the F40 1 Series, the 2 Series GC will feature a front-wheel drive platform, with the range-topping variant being called the M235i xDrive. This will be powered by the BMW Group’s most powerful four-cylinder engine, a B48 2.0 litre turbocharged unit that develops 306 PS (302 hp) and 450 Nm of torque.

While there’s no mention of the transmission that will be paired with the mill, it’s likely an eight-speed Steptronic Sport automatic unit will be used. BMW notes that a Torsen limited-slip differential is part of the driveline, along with its xDrive all-wheel drive system.

F44 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe teased ahead of debut – range-topping M235i xDrive gets 302 hp 2.0L turbo

The actuator contiguous wheel slip limitation (ARB) technology (adapted from the i3s) seen on the 1er will also be present here, and is supported by a standard BMW Performance Control (yaw moment distribution) system.

In terms of styling, the M235i is rather aggressive-looking thing, with large intakes in the lower apron that are further partitioned to guide air where necessary. Meanwhile, the upper portion of the car’s front is reminiscent of the latest 1 Series, as you’ll find a conjoined kidney grille at the front that has a mesh pattern also found on other M Performance models.

The creases on the bonnet are also rather similar to the hatchback, but a point of distinction is shape of the headlamps, which have a small step at their base. Along the sides, the roofline appears lower than that on the 1 Series Sedan, and this leads to rear deck that has a small lip spoiler on the boot.

F44 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe (left), F52 BMW 1 Series Sedan (right)

At the rear, there are L-shaped tailights, a boot-mounted number plate and twin trapezoidal exhaust pipes, with a subtle diffuser sandwiched between them. There are no photos of the interior, but the 2 Series Gran Coupe should share the same cabin as the 1 Series given their association, but we’ll have to wait for an official reveal to confirm this.

Following the 2 Series Gran Coupe online debut, the model will be presented at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November 2019 before a worldwide market launch begins in spring 2020.

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