Monday, June 6, 2016

Rumor: BMW M2 Could Gain Two More Doors as a “Gran Coupe”

-Rumors that BMW will build a sedan version of the 2-series have been swirling ever since Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport reported that BMW’s head of development, Klaus Fröhlich, was pushing for one. And if BMW builds a 2-series Gran Coupe, it likely would also build an M2 Gran Coupe.

AutoCar believes that not only is the 2-series Gran Coupe happening, but that an M version is definitely happening, too. That would mean you could have an M2 with its 365-hp engine and also two more doors. Potentially, it could even come with a hatchback, as well.

All versions of the 2-series Gran Coupe reportedly will receive an extended wheelbase, slotting Gran Coupe somewhere between the regular 2-series coupe and the 3-series sedan. Supposedly, the Gran Coupe— both versions—would hit showrooms in 2019.

Late last year, BMW showed the Concept Sedan Concept at China’s Guangzhou Auto Show, which previewed a Mini-based sedan with front-wheel drive. But according to AutoCar, that model will be exclusive to the Chinese market, leaving room for a 2-series-based four-door to be sold elsewhere.

The biggest question we have, however, is whether such a car would ever make it to the United States. Offering a 2-series Gran Coupe here would finally give BMW a competitor for the Mercedes-Benz CLA and the Audi A3, but the risk of cannibalizing sales of the 3-series could keep it out.

This story originally appeared on Road & Track.

from Car and Driver Blog

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