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Old 07-03-2020, 11:19 PM
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Better quality photos here

https://www.carscoops.com/2020/07/20...r-wheel-drive/
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Old 07-04-2020, 08:23 PM
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The profile is what most defines a BMW coupe to me, and we don't have a pic of that. From some angles, the C-pillar retains the oddly upright and truncated look of the current, while looking fairly attractive and flowing from others.

Overall, this appears to be quite a conservative re-design, but I think such an approach is fine for the 2-series.
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Old 07-16-2020, 08:18 PM
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Looks like an RWD car. Based on the Z4/Supra?

That would actually be logical, a) because it suits the 2 series coupe better, and b) because it would bring down the cost of the Z4/Supra platform. Win-win!
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Yup, RWD still. It's based on BMW's CLAR platform, which underpins a ton of their vehicles, including the Z4/Supra.
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Old 07-16-2020, 10:48 PM
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Interesting. I was thinking that BMW puts the whole 1 and 2 series on a FWD platform. But it makes me question why the 1 series is not on the CLAR platform, then (inclucing X1 and X2). The 2 series van seems to be only BMW where FWD is appropriate, and BMW should never have built it ;-) Interestingly, there are rumors about Mercedes ditching the B class due to slow sales. Are sales of the 2 series (van), which is a direct competitor to the B class, really higher?
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But it makes me question why the 1 series is not on the CLAR platform, then (inclucing X1 and X2).
Cost? Maybe economies scale still don't extend far enough for the CLAR platform to be priced competitively in the near-luxury class.
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Old 07-17-2020, 08:08 AM
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Cost? Maybe economies scale still don't extend far enough for the CLAR platform to be priced competitively in the near-luxury class.
Very likely so; ALso, I guess putting it on the MINI's FWD platform allows for economies of scale with the cheaper, smaller cars, earning more profit; Of course BMW PR will tell you how the practicality and interior space are main reasons, but, tbh., the new 1 series is not that much more spacious inside, and the bot is pretty much teh same size as in the old RWD model anyway, apart from the 1 series probably not being to of list of "practicality customers" anyway.
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