BMW 2 Series Coupé, a Car with "Latin Essence"By Alejandro Enríquez | Thu, 07/29/2021 - 12:11
BMW introduced its first model designed by a Mexican, which will be produced in Mexico. The new model, which will be manufactured at BMW Group's plant in San Luis Potosi, will be launched in Mexico in 2022.
BMW is opening a new chapter in its super-sporty compact model tradition with the introduction of the new BMW 2 Series Coupé. "It’s finally here. Such an amazing experience to bring this car from sketch to production with the BMW team. This will be the first BMW ever to be designed by a Mexican designer and the first BMW to be produced in Mexico as well," wrote José Alberto Casas, Senior Designer at BMW on LinkedIn. Casas was part of the design team of the new BMW 2 Series Coupé.
Presented in early June in London, the BMW 2 Series Coupé brings "sporting prowess in a particularly concentrated form." It has chassis technology originally developed for the BMW 4 Series Coupé that includes rear-wheel drive and six-cylinder in-line engine.
For Harald Gottsche, President and CEO of BMW San Luis Potosi, wrote on LinkedIn that the BMW 2 Series Coupé is "a wonderful car with Latin essence. From Mexico to the world!" According to the vehicle’s designer, the first sketches were made four years ago. "This is how it all started the design of the ultimate drifting machine," writes Casas in LinkedIn.
The new model embodies most trends in the automotive sector, from lightweighting to vehicle connectivity. "Wide tracks, optimized aerodynamic properties, excellent body rigidity, intelligent lightweight design, almost perfectly balanced 50:50 weight distribution and a low center of gravity create the ideal basis for extremely sporty handling," writes the company.
If you are interested to know more about lightweighting, check our analysis: The Race Toward Lightweighting.
As for vehicle connectivity, the sports-car cockpit gives drivers a control panel with an option for fully digital display grouping. The vehicle possesses both standard and option driver assistance systems. The standard model includes: front-collision warning, speed limit information, lane departure warning and cruise control with brake function fitted. These functionalities give the vehicle an autonomy level between 1 and 2. Optional ADS include: driving assistant with lane change warning, rear collision prevention, active cruise control, speed limit assist, park distance control, steering assistant, reversing assist camera, surround view and remote 3D view. BMW is one of the few brands that has complied with voluntary safety self-assessments in the US to develop ADS.
If you are interested in learning more about autonomy levels read our analysis: Level 5 Autonomy Still a Long Road Ahead.
BMW San Luis Potosi, which manufactures the BMW Series 3, produced 24,755 units in 2019, 55,832 units in 2020 – despite the pandemic – and 36,430 units during 1H21.