BMW has always been known for making driver's cars. In recent years, it has applied this formula to other segments, like its growing family of crossover SUVS, which the company calls Sports Activity Vehicles.
The latest segment that the German carmaker has expanded to is the compact MPV segment with its 2-Series Active Tourer. However, this vehicle isn't much of a family mover since it only offers seating for five. But families who love BMWs need not worry because the company has a solution for your growing clan!
Enter the new 2-Series Gran Tourer, which BMW calls "the world's first premium compact model to offer up to seven seats." It's essentially the roomier sibling of the 2-Series Active Tourer. The front half is identical since most of the new sheet metal is at the rear.
Having exterior dimensions of 4,556mm by 1,800mm by 1,608mm, it's 214mm longer and 53mm taller than the Active Tourer (both vehicles have the same width). The Gran Tourer's wheelbase has also been stretched by 110mm to 2,780mm. The added length and height significantly improve the cabin space, especially at the rear. Most important, this allows the car to have optional third-row seats that fold flat into the floor. The five-seater variants offer 645-1,905L of cargo space, while the seven-seater variants offer 560-1,820L.
The 2-Series Gran Tourer will be available with five lightweight diesel and gasoline engines that feature BMW's TwinPower Turbo technology. The gasoline engines are made up of the 218i's 1.5-liter three-cylinder turbo (136hp and 230Nm), and the 220i's 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo (192hp and 280Nm). Under the hood of the diesel variants are the 216d's 1.5-liter three-cylinder turbo (116hp and 270Nm), the 218d's 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo (150hp and 330Nm), and the 220d xDrive's 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo (190hp and 400Nm).
A six-speed manual transmission is standard on all front-wheel-drive models except the 220d xDrive. A six-speed Steptronic transmission is optional on three-cylinder models. An eight-speed Steptronic transmission is optional on the 220i and standard on the all-wheel-drive 220d xDrive.
The 2-Series Gran Tourer is another welcome addition to BMW's growing family. We hope this practical lifestyle vehicle finds its way to the Philippines.
What do you think of BMW's new MPV? Would you want to see it here?