2020 BMW 218i Gran Coupe launched in Thailand, 1.5L turbo, 7-speed DCT, RM 319k

Shaun · Feb 28, 2020 11:01 AM

BMW 218i Gran Coupe cover

BMW’s answer to the Mercedes-Benz CLA, the 2 Series Gran Coupe, is launched in Thailand. Currently, there is only one variant, the fully imported 218i M Sport priced at 2,399,000 baht (about RM 319k).

2 Series Gran Coupe rear

What propels the BMW 218i Gran Coupe?

Power comes from a 1.5-litre 3-cylinder turbocharged engine making 140 PS and 220 Nm of torque. All of it goes to the front wheels through a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. 0-100 km/h takes 8.7 seconds and onwards to a top speed of 215 km/h.

2 Series Gran Coupe engine bay

Does the BMW 218i Gran Coupe look the part?

Well, it does have frameless doors and the M Sport trim features sportier looking front and rear bumpers, gloss black trim pieces, and 18-inch alloys.

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2 Series Gran Coupe side

Moving inside, M logos are sprinkled about in the cabin like the doorsill and steering wheel, which is the chunky M Sport steering wheel. There is an 8.8-inch infotainment display and a 5.1-inch instrument cluster display surrounded by analog dials.

2 Series Gran Coupe interior

Will it arrive in Malaysia?

Unlike the Mercedes-Benz CLA, which is likely to be sold in Malaysia only as an AMG model, the 2 Series Gran Coupe has a very high chance of being introduced here at a more accessible price point. The 1 Series Sedan, which is analogous to the A-Class Sedan, is only available in Mexico and China.

BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe

In other words, the 2 Series Gran Coupe is BMW's only answer to the A-Class Sedan and CLA. So we can expect a wider range of offerings for the model.

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Shaun

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The quest for automotive knowledge began as soon as the earliest memories. Various sources information, even questionable ones, have been explored including video games, television, magazines, or even internet forums. Still stuck in that rabbit hole.

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