Yes, it’s official. BMW has confirmed plans to launch a new 2 Series Gran Coupé, with group CEO Harald Krüger announcing the fresh model during the German firm’s annual results press conference.

Described as a “sporty and elegant four-door coupé”, the new 2 Series Gran Coupé has been conceived to take on the Mercedes-Benz CLA. It is scheduled to make its world debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November 2019, before launching in initial markets in 2020.

The Munich-based automaker says the new model will be “design oriented” and target “modern, urban” buyers by combining “expressive design with a high degree of everyday suitability”.

The new 2 Series Gran Coupé will run on the “latest BMW front-wheel-drive architecture” and share “a multitude of technological developments with the next-generation 1 Series, which the company furthermore confirmed would be presented “during the course of 2019”.

From what we understand though, the next-generation 2 Series coupé and cabriolet (if the latter survives, that is) will still feature a rear-wheel-drive platform.