Lining alongside the 1 Series LCI launched today is the all-new 2 Series Gran Tourer, the seven-seater derivative of the 2 Series Active Tourer that was BMW’s first ever transverse-engined front-wheel drive vehicle.
Stretching 4,556mm in overall length, 1,800mm in width, and 1,608mm in height, the Gran Tourer measures 214mm longer and 53mm taller than the Active Tourer. Its 2,780mm wheelbase also happens to be 110mm longer than the five-seater model.
Inside, three rows of seats welcome seven occupants in a 2-3-2 configuration when fully up. Its second row seats offer 40:20:40 split-folding whilst the third row offer 60:40 split-folding along with 130mm of fore-aft adjustment. A notable plus point in the name of child safety is that the second and third rows of seats can be fully occupied with five universal child seats.
A sole variant of the 2 Series Gran Tourer is offered in Malaysia, and it is the 220i Gran Tourer, powered by the same 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine as featured in the new MINI Cooper S, channeling identical outputs of 192hp and 280Nm to the front wheels but mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission as opposed to the Cooper S’ six-speeder. With this set up, the 220i Gran Tourer is able complete the century sprint in 7.7 seconds whilst consuming a rated 6.2 l/100km in the combined cycle.
The 220i Gran Tourer comes with a comprehensive range of driver assistance and connectivity features. Its standard iDrive system consists of a 6.5-inch colour display with Navigation System and Bluetooth connectivity with smartphones. Night ambiance is enhanced by LED mood lighting which gently illuminates the interior trim and door panels with various colours.
Fully imported from BMW’s Leipzig plant, where the 2 Series Active Tourer is also made, the 220i Gran Tourer is priced on-the-road without insurance at RM279,800. It is covered by BMW Malaysia’s latest 5-year unlimited mileage warranty and 5-year/100,000 free service programme.