The 218i Gran Coupe and M235i Gran Coupe will be available for public viewing at the BMW showrooms in Singapore on 22 Feb 2020, which is as apt a date you could get for the launch of a car that is all about twos.
It’s the latest addition to BMW’s highly accessible 2 Series range, but unlike the original, rear-wheel drive 2 Series Coupe, the Gran Coupe is built on a front-wheel drive platform.
It follows on from BMW’s principles that all of the brand’s coupe and four-door coupe body styles will carry even numbered badging, and the launch party here will see the car available in two engine options.
Entry into the club begins with the 218i Gran Coupe Luxury Line, priced at $161,888 including Certificate of Entitlement (COE). $3,000 more will get you into a 218i Gran Coupe M Sport. Details are scant at the moment, but as the range is set to mirror the way the 1 Series range is sold here you can expect to find at least upsized wheels and an external BMW M Aerodynamics pack for the price.
Beneath the hood of the 218i Gran Coupe you’ll find the highly rated 1.5-litre, three-cylinder turbo engine that is already doing duty in a bunch of other BMW cars. It offers a modest power output of 140hp, but delivers a punchy torque output of 220Nm. The 218i covers the 0 to 100km/h sprint in 8.7 seconds and will also feature the iDrive 7 interface system in the cabin.
Also available in Singapore is the M235i xDrive Gran Coupe, going for $249,888 with COE. Paying $88k over the base model 218i gets you into a serious sports car with a power output of 306hp from a 2.0-litre turbo engine. It also features BMW’s intelligent all-wheel drive system, the xDrive, for a massive handling advantage. The M235i will cover the 0 to 100km/h sprint in 4.9 seconds.
At $10K more than the BMW M135i hatchback, the M235i Gran Coupe makes for a more stylish alternative for drivers that prefer the sleeker silhouette.
Besides these two, the 2 Series Gran Coupe features two other variants, the 228i xDrive (2.0-litre turbo, 228hp) and the 220d (2.0-litre turbodiesel, 188hp) that were seen at the international launch but will not be available in Singapore, at least for now.
The obvious competitor to the BMW 218i Gran Coupe would be the Mercedes-Benz CLA 200 and the three-pointed star’s AMG counterparts, all priced within shouting distance of the Beemers. The BMWs are clearly more chunky and angular than the svelte Mercedes-Benz designs, but you can make your own judgement when you go and check out the 2 Series Gran Coupes at the showroom this weekend.
Source: CarBuyer Magazine