BMW Philippines has just unveiled a first-ever on local shores 2-Series Grand Tourer. This is the German carmakers latest foray into the multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) category.
With the BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer, BMW has carved out yet a new vehicle segment.
Armed with generous space, versatility and groundbreaking flexibility, the BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer is the world’s first premium compact model to offer up to seven seats and fully meet the mobility requirements of young families.
“We are dedicated to continuously deliver Sheer Driving Pleasure not only to our valued clientele but aspiring owners who seek only the best in mobility. Today, with the debut of the BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer, we extend our market presence by offering an automobile fit for the lifestyle of growing families,” says ACC President Maricar Parco.
“We are proud to present this vehicle, the first of its kind in the luxury segment, to the Philippine market,” she adds.
Designed for the active modern family
The BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer’s exceptional roominess, high levels of everyday practicality and maximum flexibility makes it the first space-functional vehicle in the premium compact segment to offer up to seven seats.
It combines these attributes with traditional BMW values such as outstanding driving dynamics, exclusive elegance and premium quality.
Because of this, the BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer meets the mobility requirements and expectations of young families for whom not only practicality and versatility are important features, but also sportiness and a leisure-oriented lifestyle.
In true BMW tradition, the BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer with its unique space-functional concept reveals its attributes at first glance.
A long wheelbase and high roofline already point to the generous space that awaits in the interior. Precise lines, meanwhile, lend the BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer a stretched look and endow it with a particularly dynamic flavour.
As a result, from whichever angle you look at it, the vehicle exudes a sporty, elegant and at the same time functional appearance with a high recognition factor.
Compact yet capacious
A mere 214 millimetres longer and 53 millimetres higher than the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer, the BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer provides a further significant increase in space thanks to its long wheelbase, measuring 2,780 millimetres.
The higher roofline allows driver and passengers to sit tall and upright while affording excellent all-round vision even in challenging traffic situations, as well as making it easier to get in and out of the vehicle.
On top of that, the BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer delivers the kind of legroom – particularly in the rear – that is normally the preserve of luxury cars.
With its compact dimensions, the BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer – which shares BMW’s advanced front-wheel-drive architecture with transversely front-mounted engines with the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer – cuts a fine dash even in heavy city traffic.
Yet it comfortably accommodates up to seven people while additionally offering a generous load compartment that extends from 560 to 1,820 litres. Ensuring maximum variability is the standard-fitted fore-aft sliding rear seat bench – with a 50:50-split backrest that folds down conveniently.
Extending the possibilities even further is a third row of seats which can be completely lowered into the loading floor.
Maximising the vehicle’s everyday practicality is a range of storage options for all three rows of seats, as well as rails on the front-seat backrests with fold-out tables attached.
The BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer is a pioneer in uniting the segment’s traditional attributes – such as spatial functionality and comfort – with the characteristic BMW values of dynamics, elegance and premium quality.
Compelling power for more adventures
Locally available in the BMW 218i variant, the Gran Tourer makes its mark with a sporty power curve and exemplary efficiency while playing a key role in guaranteeing superior driving dynamics and the distinctive brand driving experience.
The BMW 218i Gran Tourer is driven by an extremely compact and lightweight three-cylinder petrol engine. Thanks to BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, it impresses with high performance and exemplary efficiency.
The 1.5-litre three-cylinder unit develops 100 kW/136 hp and peak torque of 220 Nm. With a six-speed automatic gearbox, the vehicle accelerates from from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 9.8 seconds.
The first-ever BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer also offers the driver the option of sporty, comfortable or particularly economical overall vehicle settings based on the driving situation or personal preference.
ECO PRO, SPORT and COMFORT modes are available via the Driving Experience Control switch in front of the centre console.
The driving pleasure on tap in the new BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer is not just down to the brand’s typical driving dynamics but also thanks to exemplary levels of fuel economy.
The latter comes courtesy of the BMW EfficientDynamics, which extends to virtually every facet of the vehicle.
All of these hallmark features create a powerful, spacious, and intelligent automobile for modern families who seek endless adventures in the city and even the backroads.