2021 BMW 2 Series Coupe: price, specs and release date

Nick Lette van Oostvoorne
July 31, 2020

The upcoming BMW 2 Series Coupe replacement has been spotted before it’s officially revealed. Read on for full details on this new rear-wheel-drive coupe.

  • BMW 2 Series spotted
  • Retains rear-wheel drive
  • Will share 3 Series’ chassis
  • 3, 4 and 6-cylinder engines
  • Lacks giant BMW grille
  • On sale in 2021
  • M2 version expected later

The upcoming BMW 2 Series has broken cover for the first time. It might share some of its name with the 2 Series Gran Coupe, but unlike that front-wheel-drive car, this new Coupe is set to sport rear-wheel drive and a more stylish two-door silhouette.

The new 2 Series Coupe looks sleeker than the 2 Series Gran Coupe. 

2021 BMW 2 Series Coupe design

These early prototype cars have been stickered up to the eyeballs to keep their design a mystery. But, you can see clearly that the new 2 Series has a very similar silhouette to the old car. This is thanks to it sharing its mechanical underpinnings with the 3 Series saloon, rather than the new 1 Series hatchback.

The new 2 Series Coupe appears to do without a set of massive kidney grilles…

This is doubly encouraging – firstly it means the new car won’t look quite as bulbous as the front-wheel-drive 2 Series Gran Coupe. And secondly, it looks as though BMW’s designers have resisted the urge to give the new 2 Series Coupe a whopping-great bucktooth grille like the new 4 Series.

The new 2 Series Coupe’s interior will look very similar to the Gran Coupe’s, shown above. 

2021 BMW 2 Series Coupe interior and tech

Unlike its exterior, the BMW 2 Series is expected to get a very similar interior to the current 1 Series and 2 Series Gran Coupe. As in all BMW’s, everything will be sensibly laid out, easy to use and should feel exceptionally sturdy.

The new 2 Series Coupe will get BMW’s latest iDrive system with the option to pay extra for the excellent voice-activated Personal Assistant feature – a neat bit of tech that can respond to commands spoken in plain English.

Unlike the 2 Series Gran Coupe, the Coupe will be rear-wheel drive. 

2021 BMW 2 Series Coupe engines and driving

The new BMW 2 Series Coupe is expected to come with a very broad range of engines. It should be offered with everything from a 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine in 118i models to a 3.0-litre turbocharged straight-six in the upcoming M2.

Petrol and diesel engines in 3, 4 and 6-cylinder varieties should be available.

In between these extremes, there’ll be a bunch of economical 4-cylinder diesel units and punchier petrol engines to choose from. An automatic gearbox will likely be the mainstay of the 2 Series Coupe range, but it’s not certain whether you’ll be able to get a manual instead.

2021 BMW M2 Coupe

The new 2 Series will also be available as a raucous M2 model. This will probably come with an amped-up version of the M340i’s 3.0-litre straight-six engine, or a detuned version of the similar-sized engine from the X3M and X4M SUVs.

Regardless of which engine BMW decides to shoehorn under the 2 Series Coupe’s bonnet, you can bet it’ll also receive a bunch of sportier cosmetic upgrades, beefier brakes, revised suspension and fancy new sports seats.

Real exhausts – an increasingly rare feature on new cars…

2021 BMW 2 Series Coupe price and release date

These 2 Series Coupe prototypes are still at the early stages of testing, so you shouldn’t expect the finished car to go on sale before 2021. When it hits showrooms, it’ll likely cost from close to £30,000.

If you can’t wait for the new car to go on sale, check out the latest 2 Series offers or read our in-depth review of the new BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe