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America, Meet Your Very First Front-Wheel Drive BMW Sedan: The $35k 228i Gran Coupe


BMW has expanded the 2-Series Gran Coupe range in the United States by adding a front-wheel drive version. This is the first FWD BMW sedan to be offered on this side of the Atlantic (the Bavarians also offer the FWD X1 sDrive SUV).

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The new 228i sDrive Gran Coupe serves as the new entry-level model. It is positioned under the 228i xDrive Gran Coupe and, with a starting price of $35,700, it undercuts it by $2,000.

Like its all-wheel drive sibling, it’s powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder making 228 HP and 258 lb-ft (350 Nm) of torque. This engine is connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission, yet since it now directs the power to the front, instead of all four, wheels, the 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) sprint takes 6.3 seconds instead of 6.0.

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According to CarsDirect, which discovered the introduction of the new model via order guides, EPA-rated fuel economy has been improved by 1 mpg, from 27 to 28 mpg (8.7-8.4 l/100 km).

Sitting at the top of the 2-Series Gran Coupe range is the M235i xDrive, which can be had from $45,500. It also uses a 2.0-liter turbo-four, which in this case produces 301 HP and 332 lb-ft (450 Nm) and is paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission and xDrive AWD. It hits 60 mph (96 km/h) in 4.6 seconds and reaches a 155 mph (250 km/h) electronically limited top speed.

The most affordable member of BMW’s U.S. lineup is the X1 sDrive28i. It undercuts the new sDrive28i Gran Coupe by $300, as it starts at $35,400, and packs the same 228 HP 2.0-liter engine as the 228i Gran Coupe, hooked up to an eight-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive.










2021 BMW sDrive28i Gran Coupe pictured above

Updated: December 24, 2020 — 4:11 pm

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