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News BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe No Longer Available In Canada

BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe No Longer Available In Canada

It used to be the brand’s most affordable model in the country.

  • The BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe was available in Canada during the 2020 to 2022 model years.

  • The Gran Coupe is still available in the U.S. market.

  • The brand’s most affordable model in Canada is now the BMW X1 crossover.

The BMW 2 Series is the brand’s most affordable passenger car in Canada, but it’s become a little less accessible since the German manufacturer pulled the four-door Gran Coupe variant from the Canadian market. It’s still on sale in the U.S., though.

The Gran Coupe launched in Canada for the 2020 model year and was a very different car compared to the 2 Series coupe and cabriolet. The four-door Gran Coupe was built on a front-wheel-drive architecture it shared with the MINI Clubman and MINI Countryman, although it was offered with all-wheel drive. Its engine was mounted transversely, as opposed to the coupe and droptop with their traditional (for BMW) RWD layout and longitudinally mounted engine.

2020 BMW 228i xDrive Gran Coupe | Photo: Olivier Delorme

The 2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe was offered in 228i xDrive and M235i xDrive variants. The 228i xDrive was equipped with a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine that developed 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The 0-100 km/h dash was accomplished in 6.2 seconds, according to the manufacturer. The M235i xDrive also featured a turbo 2.0L four, but this high-output tune belted out 301 horsepower and 332 pound-feet, good for 0-100 km/h sprints of 4.8 seconds. The 228i xDrive had a base price of $42,500 before freight and delivery charges, while the M235i xDrive was priced from $50,900.

A front-wheel-drive 228i was introduced for the 2021 model year, bringing the entry price down to $38,990. Only the M235i xDrive was available in Canada for 2022, which was then priced at $52,700.

2020 BMW 228i xDrive Gran Coupe | Photo: Olivier Delorme

BMW Canada declined to comment on why the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe was pulled from the brand’s lineup, and doesn’t split out sales numbers by body style. The automaker sold 721 units of the 2 Series in Canada during the 2022 calendar year, down from the 2,045 units it moved out in 2021, or a 65% drop. That being said, Mercedes-Benz is also dropping its entry-level passenger car line, the A-Class, after the 2022 model year. The subcompact luxury segment now rounds up the 2 Series Coupe, the Audi A3, the Cadillac CT4, the Mercedes-Benz CLA and the Acura Integra.

The 2023 BMW 2 Series lineup in Canada currently consists of the $51,540 230i xDrive Coupe, the $62,540 M240i xDrive Coupe and the $80,090 BMW M2, freight and delivery charges as well as dealer fees included. Meanwhile, the brand’s most affordable model in the country is the 2023 BMW X1 which starts at $49,390.

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