BMW Philippines (aka Asian Carmakers Corporation) has brought in a new MPV that is also the German brand's first front-wheel-drive car. As you read this today, ACC is launching in Nuvali the 2-Series Active Tourer, a vehicle most suitable for, er, active families.
A front-wheel-driven multipurpose vehicle may be unfamiliar territory for loyal BMW fans, but the new car is still very much a Bimmer. The double-kidney grille immediately gives you an idea that it is a BMW. Greeting you up front are LED headlights with corona rings. At the back, the premium MPV has L-shaped rear lights, vertical air-deflecting aeroblades, and a rear spoiler.
The 2-Series Active Tourer has a price tag of P2.95 million. It runs on a 1.5-liter three-cylinder gasoline engine equipped with TwinPower Turbo technology. The premium MPV is capable of 136hp at 4,400rpm, with maximum torque of 220Nm at 1,250rpm. Its Steptronic transmission is said to have well-timed gear ratios.
Other facts about the new BMW model: The 2-Series Active Tourer has a claimed top speed of 210kph, and can sprint from rest to 100kph in 9.2 seconds. The German MPV is 4,342mm long (longer than the Toyota Avanza by 202mm), 1,800mm wide and 1,555mm tall.
Since the 2-Series Active Tourer was designed with the active family in mind, cabin space was considered first and foremost. It has a 2,670mm wheelbase (50mm longer than the Chevrolet Spin's) as well as 40:20:40 split-folding rear compartments.
Equipped with BMW's iDrive system, the new model promises an intuitive cockpit by giving passengers easy access to multimedia and connectivity controls. Also, the Driver Experience Control switch offers Eco Pro, Sport and Comfort modes of driving. Other features include auto start/stop function, coasting function, brake energy regeneration, friction-reduced wheel bearings, and low-rolling resistance tires.
Read more about the new BMW 2-Series Active Tourer in our April 2015 issue, hitting newsstands this coming week. We have the exclusive story.
Photos by Igor Maminta