The belated answer Mercedes CLA from BMW: premiere – this fallMarch 22, 2019
BMW has distributed the first image of the 2 Series Gran Coupe, and also named the date and place of the presentation of the model. At the heart of the machine is a front-wheel platform UKL
With the answer to the Mercedes-Benz CLA coupe-shaped sedan, the Bavarian brand was late, and quite strongly: the Mercedes got on the conveyor back in 2013, and at the beginning of this year the four-door changed its generation. Bavarians will launch the competitor CLA in the form of the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe only next spring, although this model has been tested since 2017. However, the premiere of the car will take place all the same this year – it will be held in November at the Los Angeles Auto Show. So far the company has distributed only one teaser and shared general information.
Of course, in BMW, their new product is called the four-door coupe. Apparently, the model is a sedan (factory index F44), and not liftback, like the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe. The four-door “two” is built on the front-wheel drive platform UKL, which also forms the basis of the BMW 1 Series sedan (available only in China and Mexico), the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer and Gran Tourer compactors, and the BMW X1 and X2 crossovers. At the same time, the company confirmed that the global hatch 1 Series of the new generation will be based on the same platform (the current model is based on a rear-wheel drive platform), which will also debut this year.
Meanwhile, according to unofficial data, the next generation “two-door” BMW 2 Series will be built on the modular platform CLAR – a true coupe will keep the main rear-wheel drive. But the cabriolet from the family may disappear.
On the motor range of the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe, the company has so far kept silent. It is assumed that the sedan will receive a three-and four-cylinder gasoline engines, diesel engines, as well as hybrid installation. For the model will be available four-wheel drive xDrive. In addition, the “four-door coupe”, most likely, will have a “charged” M-version – this version is expected to be equipped with a motor of about 370 hp.
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