As we prepare to enter 2021, BMW has decided to expand its US portfolio with its second front-wheel drive model ever sold in the free land. After the introduction of the BMW X1 sDrive28i some time ago, you can now also get a BMW 228i Gran Coupé which is not xDrive. Of course, this also means that it is cheaper than the xDrive model and could therefore attract new buyers.
With this introduction, the 2 Series line starts at the lowest price ever, with the 228i having a starting MSRP of $ 35,700. It’s not the cheapest BMW you can get in the US right now, but it’s only $ 300 more than the BMW X1 sDrive28i. Under the sheet metal, the two cars share much of their foundations. Both are built on the FWD UKL platform and both use the same 228 hp 2 liter 4 cylinder engine mounted transversely under the hood.
Gear rowing is done by an Aisin 8-speed automatic gearbox and it’s the only choice you get for the 228i Gran Coupé. Compared to the all-wheel-drive model, the 228i is slower at 60 mph by 0.3 seconds but, again, no one will really care. Customers will be concerned about saving money, however, as the FWD model costs $ 2,000 less than the alternative which, on a 30kish car, makes a difference.
What do you get for that kind of money? Standard equipment includes 17-inch double-spoke wheels, sport seats, active driving assistant, frontal collision warning with city collision mitigation, lane departure warning, active blind spot detection and a navigation system, among others. You can have your car in Jet Black or Alpine White without paying extra, but if you’re willing to shell out even more Benjamins, there are plenty of optional kits you can fit on your 228i Gran Coupé. Just be careful not to overspend.