It looks like the F44 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe will be the next model to be introduced by BMW Malaysia, as an example of the C118 Mercedes-Benz CLA rival has been spotted on a trailer by paultan.org reader Athiithan Khan.

Based on the same front-wheel drive architecture (FAAR) as the latest F40 1 Series, which was launched here back in July, the 2 GC celebrated its global premiere back in October 2019, and has since made its way to Singapore and Thailand.

Like those markets, it appears we’ll be getting the 2 GC in 218i M Sport guise, which is powered by a B38 1.5 litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine that delivers 140 PS (138 hp) from 4,600 to 6,500 rpm and 220 Nm of torque from 1,480 to 4,200 rpm. Mated to the engine is a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission driving the front wheels, allowing for a zero to 100 km/h time of 8.7 seconds and a 215 km/h top speed.

The 2 GC also comes in a hotter M235i xDrive variant, which uses a more powerful B48 2.0 litre unit that makes 306 PS (302 hp) and 450 Nm, with an eight-speed Steptronic Sport automatic transmission. This combo is good for a century sprint time of 4.9 seconds and 250 km/h top speed, although it isn’t certain if we will get this option – it is offered in Singapore.

As the variant name suggests, the M Sport package will come as standard, which consists of sportier bumpers, chrome trim on the grille and likely M Sport suspension as well. The wheels fitted to the car seen on the trailer are 18-inch double-spoke style 819 M alloys, while the paint finish appears to be Misano Blue.

No shots of the interior for obvious reasons, but the 2 GC is pretty much identical the 1 Series and can be equipped with BMW Live Cockpit Professional system, which sees BMW Operating System 7.0 powering two 10.25-inch displays.

If you’re curious just how the 2 GC stacks up against the CLA in terms of dimensions, the BMW model measures 4,526 mm long, 1,800 mm wide and 1,420 mm tall, making it 162 mm shorter, 30 mm narrower and 19 mm lower than its competitor. The 2,670 mm wheelbase is also 59 mm shorter by comparison, while the boot space is 430 litres against 460 litres.

Despite its shared platform with the 1 Series, the 2 GC is anything but a hatchback with a boot tacked on. Instead, the bodywork has a style of its own, with a sleek and low-slung roofline that ends in a fastback-like rear, paired with frameless windows for extra flair. Elsewhere, the conjoined front kidney grille is flanked by angular headlamps, while the slim taillights around back echoes the G02 X4.

It isn’t certain when the 2 GC will make its official launch debut here, but when it does, it will offer buyers looking for a compact four-door coupe a more affordable but less performance-focused alternative to the CLA, which is only offered here in CLA 45 S 4Matic+ guise that is priced beyond RM400k. Interested?

GALLERY: F44 BMW 218i M Sport Gran Coupe at the 2020 Singapore Motor Show