Updated BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe spotted testing: everything we know so far

August 07, 2023 by

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The sleek four-door coupe has been seen testing in camouflage before a possible reveal by the end of 2023. Read on to find out more.

  • Mid-life refresh for 2020 model
  • Set to receive features seen on latest X1
  • Tweaked design seen on camouflaged car
  • Hybrid engines likely to be introduced
  • UK arrival expected in 2024

BMW has been seen testing the updated version of the 2 Series Gran Coupe before its potential reveal in the first half of 2024.

The compact four-door will get a slightly tweaked design, which is hinted at under the camouflage of the test vehicle seen here, while you can also expect new technology and engines.

BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe design

With the sharp design of the current 2 Series Gran Coupe likely to stick around, this updated version will be more evolution than revolution.

Don’t expect giant nostril grilles like you’ve seen on other BMW models either. From what we can see with the camouflaged model, there’s only cut-outs for slim inlets at the front.

You can also see that the light design has been tweaked from the C-shaped elements to more boxy shapes.

The look down the side is set to be the same, with the swooping roofline running to a short boot that leads into an emphasised lip spoiler.

The version seen testing here looks to be the sportier M235i, as you get two dual-exhausts either side of the rear bumper. That’s different to before as well, as the previous M235i had two rectangular exhaust openings.

You can also see behind the camouflage that the rear light design has been tweaked. Rather than the single line of the current model, it also gets multiple elements as with the headlights.

We’re yet to see any interior shots, but expect to see a similar cabin to that which is in the latest X1 baby SUV that’s built on the same underpinnings.

BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe engines

While there’s been no information released about the updated engines for the 2 Series Gran Coupe, you can expect hybrid power to be included.

Currently you can only choose from one diesel and two petrol engines, including the sportier M235i, so adding some hybrid assistance seems likely.

The most recent X1 that was introduced last year has both petrol PHEVs and 48V mild hybrid technology for the petrol and four-wheel drive diesel engines. To improve efficiency, the Gran Coupe will likely gain the mild hybrid system for the 218i petrol and 220d diesel.

It’s unlikely that BMW would add the plug-in hybrid for this update.

BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe: when can I buy one?

While there’s no additional information currently for the 2 Series Gran Coupe update, it will likely be revealed in 2024.

Here’s what Mat thought of the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe M235i.

Prices will also likely stay close to the current starting point of just over £30,000, but with a slight price rise to cover any additional equipment.

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