BMW has added a mid-grade variant to its 2 Series Gran Coupe range, offering a middle ground between the entry-level 218i and performance oriented M235i with which the Gran Coupe range launched with earlier this year.
Closer in its specification to the base three-cylinder 218i, the 220i adds a more powerful 2.0-litre engine, producing peak figures of 141kW and 280Nm. The brand says this will allow a 0-100km/h sprint in just 7.2 seconds.
It will use the same seven-speed dual clutch automatic as the rest of the range, but unlike the top-spec M235i, will remain front-wheel drive.
The new 220i variant wears a $53,990 before on-road costs pricetag, representing a $4000 jump over the base 218i, but still with clear airspace between it and the all-wheel-drive M235i which is priced from $72,990.
Standard equipment on the 220i includes a standard M Sport aesthetic package with matching cloth interior trim and leather-wrapped multi-function steering wheel, sports seats, 18-inch alloy wheels, adaptive suspension, 10.25 inch multimedia screen with Apple CarPlay, 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster, a holographic head-up display, wireless phone charging bay, full LED front lighting and taillights, ambient interior lighting, as well as a 100W six-speaker audio system.
The new 2 Series variant is set to arrive toward the end of the year.
On the safety front, the 220i has as standard city-speed auto emergency braking (front and rear), lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert.
It also has an automatic parking assistant and reversing camera.
All BMWs including the 2 Series Gran Coupe are covered by a three-year warranty, and servicing can be paid in advance with ‘BMW Service Inclusive’ packages which can be chosen (and bundled in on finance) at the time of purchase.