Front-wheel drive putting the 'gran' in Gran Coupe

The new BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe has been spied during cold weather testing near the Arctic circle.

Compared to the prototype spotted back in September last year, this vehicle seems to have the same level of disguise applied to it.

There are plenty of false body panels stuck to the car, most notably around the rear quarter windows, doors and boot. The vehicle is also using temporary lighting units at both ends, so it's impossible to see the car's styling details.

We can tell the 2 Series Gran Coupe, like its bigger 4 and 6 Series brethren, will feature frameless windows.

If the current front-wheel drive 2 Series Active Tourer and Gran Tourer models are anything to go by, turbocharged three- and four-cylinder engines will likely reside under the bonnet of the 2 Series Gran Coupe.

Six-cylinder engines are probably a non-starter due to the transverse engine layout.

For many markets around the world, the 2 Series Gran Coupe will be the first sedan-like front-wheel drive model sold under the BMW brand.

The German luxury automaker does produce a 1 Series sedan based on the current front- and all-wheel drive UKL platform, but this model is only sold in China.

The next-generation 1 Series hatch, last spotted late last year, will switch to a front- and all-wheel drive platform.