BMW has made its 2 Series Active Tourer — its first MPV and front-wheel drive model — longer and taller to create the new 2 Series Gran Tourer. The brand’s distributor in the Philippines, Asian Carmakers Corp. (ACC), on Oct. 30 unveiled this latest BMW multipurpose vehicle during the first staging of its series of shopping mall exhibitions.
ACC said the Gran Tourer is the “world’s first premium compact model to offer up to seven seats, and which fully meets the mobility requirements of young families.”
“We are extending our market presence by offering an automobile fit for the lifestyle of growing families,” said Maricar C. Parco, president of ACC, during the BMW Road show 2017 event.
BMW said the Grand Tourer is only 214 millimeters longer and 53 millimeters higher than the Active Tourer on which it is based. But the latter is able to offer “more generous” cabin space because of a wheelbase that has been stretched by 110 millimeters. This makes the Grand Tourer “compact yet capacious,” its higher roofline allowing occupants to “sit upright” while affording “excellent all-round visibility.” The added space also means improved access to the interior, as well as legroom, “particularly in the rear,” that’s comparable to luxury cars, BMW said.
In 218i spec the Gran Tourer is powered by a 1.5-liter, three-cylinder gasoline engine that, through BMW’s TwinPower Turbo feature (essentially a twin-scroll turbocharger), develops 136 hp and 220 Nm. The engine bolts to a six-speed automatic gearbox. BMW said the vehicle can reach 100 kph from a standstill in 9.8 seconds.
It added the Gran Tourer can be fitted with a driving mode selector — Eco, Pro, Sport and Comfort — that alters the performance of the vehicle according to the driver’s preference.
ACC sells the 218i Gran Tourer for P2.790 million.
The next BMW Road show 2017 events are scheduled on Nov. 10-12 at Lucky Chinatown mall; Nov. 16-19 at SM Mall of Asia; and Nov. 24-26 at the Alabang Town Center.