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BMW’s 2 Series Gran Coupe Launched Worldwide Why isn’t it coming to Mexico?

This beautiful sedan inherits Mini’s UKL modular platform, adds a third volume to the body of a Series 1 and is a candidate for World Car of the Year 2021. In essence, it is just the sedan version of the next-generation 1 Series, but with a more elegant name.

In reality, we are facing a BMW 1 Series Sedan, but the brand couldn’t use that name because they had already been assigned to the compact sedan of Chinese origin, the one that is sold in Mexico.

It is a candidate for World Car of the Year 2021.He is a candidate for World Car of the Year 2021.Sandowalsky

Not that the current Series 1 not good but feels less BMW that this compact beauty, like from a previous generation and with less technology, so if you ask us, BMW should ditch the current 1 Series sedan and give way in Mexico to Series 2 Gran Coupe instead.

The actual 1 series sedan, in the same way as this, is based on the Series 1 HB, but older generation, so this Series 2 it is a logical evolution. It’s a car more modern, better equipped, more refined handling and even better designed, with proportions that seem like one of the most attractive sedans on the market.

It is a more modern car, better equipped, with more refined handling and even better designedIt is a more modern car, better equipped, more refined handling and even better designed Sandowalsky

From ahead to the post B, we are practically in front of the same car as a modern Series 1, but from there the ceiling begins to subtly lower until finishing in a stylish, well-integrated trunk. Beyond personal preferences, it is a high quality design work, but it also results in a practical car, with a trunk of 430 liters. Even the wheelbase is exactly the same, so we shouldn’t expect superior behavior.

In essence we are facing a Mini but with a BMW emblem, with a different image, a longer wheelbase and of course the brand's own dynamic settings. In essence we are facing a Mini but with a BMW emblem, with a different image, a longer wheelbase and of course the brand’s own dynamic settings. Sandowalsky

Independent of the image, it inherits all the mechanics of the Series 1, including modular front-wheel drive platform also shared with various models of Mini. Yes, in essence we are facing a Mini but with BMW emblem, with a different image, longer wheelbase and of course the brand’s own dynamic settings. They look alike? Yes, but very little, especially because of the set-up, much more comfortable in this beautiful sedan.

It is a comfortable car with all the quality and technology load of modern BMWsIt is a comfortable car with all the quality and technology load of modern BMWs Sandowalsky

The interior is more of the same story, in fact we couldn’t find any difference from a Series 1 HBbecause everything is identical. Very good finishes, materials and assemblies. Even in the battered Colombian streets we did not find strange noises or unwanted vibrations. It’s a comfortable car and with all the load of modern BMW quality and technology. It is right there where it separates from 1 series sedan, because this is a better finished vehicle, more current and with better space.

In addition, we have the digital instrument panel, large screen of the infotainment system, the latest version of iDrive, drive mode selector and up to shift levers behind the wheel in this version.

For those who seek to enter the BMW range with a practical sedan, comfortable and economical, but that does not reach the prices of a Series 3, here is the best option. The best thing is that you can choose with bodywork sedan or HB, with front or integral wheel drive and with a wide range of engines, which even reach thes 306 hp in the M235i xDrive GC.

For hands less experienced in the world of rear-wheel drive, it will be a simple and safe car.For hands less experienced in the world of rear wheel drive, it will be a simple and safe car.

The similarities with the Series 1 remain, but before, a bit of controversy. This car represents everything BMW Ever swore never to make: front-wheel drive turbo engines. It is not a surprising scheme in a Mini, but a BMW front-wheel drive sedan it was almost inconceivable in the brand’s imagination a few years ago.

We won’t have that feeling of a rear-wheel drive sedan, not even in the most powerful version that incorporates all-wheel drive xDrive, but that doesn’t mean this isn’t a BMW. It is an easy car to drive, it can be fast and, above all, for less experienced hands in the world of rear wheel drive, it will be a simple and safe car.

This car represents everything BMW ever vowed never to do: front-wheel drive turbo engines.This car represents everything BMW ever vowed never to do: front-wheel drive turbo engines Sandowalsky

What if it lacks that characteristic flavor of the rear propulsion like the last one had it 2 Series Coupémaybe. But this is not a M2 CS, that’s a separate universe, this 2 Series Gran Coupe It’s not even a coupe, it’s a compact sedan super well done that is intended only to compete against him Mercedes CLA and the Audi A3 sedan, those also from front-wheel drive.

We like how there is a clear differentiation between a Mini and this Series 2 GC, especially with the suspension set-up. Is a Full fledged BMW, but with a bet more towards comfort than towards dynamism and its famous Pleasure of Driving. Despite this, the shock absorbers tend to be firm, but with very good filtering, even for roads as battered as those in Colombia or Mexico.

It accelerates very well despite being pulled by the front wheels, but capable of exceeding 200 km / h and much more without problem.It accelerates very well despite being pulled by the front wheels, but capable of exceeding 200 km / h and much more without problem.

The address is precise, fast and electric assistance, but not as isolated as we might suppose, while the brakes respond well, just where they should and without considerable fatigue from abuse.

He engine in this version is a delight, a four-cylinder turbo that does not reach theos 200 hp but it does not need more. It accelerates very well despite being pulled by the front wheels, but able to easily overcome the 200 km / h and much more.

To a large degree the success of this engine is the double clutch box, very fast and configurable, even with steering wheel changes. Best of all, we can choose a response focused on comfort, fuel economy or even sportiness with the push of a button on the center console.

The success of this engine is the extremely fast and configurable double clutch box, even with changes at the wheelThe success of this engine is the extremely fast and configurable double clutch box, even with changes at the wheel

We are in front of a Front-wheel drive BMW, but that does not stop giving us good feelings, quality or safety. If what we are looking for is more sportiness, there is the all-wheel drive version and a lot of power; and if it is youraditionalism and rear-wheel drive, There is the Series 3, which connects the entry versions with the top of it. There are no excuses, and most of all, there is a BMW for all tastes, needs and skills behind the wheel. We only need to have it in Mexico.

Motor

L4, 2.0 l, turbo, 178 hp

Transmission

7-speed automatic (DCT), front-wheel drive

Performance

Vel. Max. 238 km / h

0-100 km / h: 7.1 s

performance

17.5 km / l, tank: 50 l, autonomy 877 km

Tires

225/45 R17 94Y XL

Security

Six airbags, ABS, EBD, DSC, ASC, DTC, ARB, DBC and EDLC

Price range

From 798,000 to 1,070,000 MXN (Col.)

Unit tested

220i Sport Line: 798,000 MXN (est.)