BMW, through its official importer and distributor in the Philippines Asian Carmakers Corporation, has introduced the 7-seater BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer. The model was the highlight of the BMW Roadshow 2017 event last October 27 to 29 at the Power Plant Mall, Makati.
“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. We are proud to present this vehicle, the first of its kind in the luxury segment, to the Philippine market.”
The 2 Series Gran Tourer will be the German automaker's latest contender in the well-received multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) segment in the country. It succeeds the locally-available 2 Series Active Tourer, which is 214mm shorter. In design, both closely share the same exterior qualities like the headlights and front bumpers. In fact, nothing much has changed except for the dimensions, which granted the vehicle more space inside.
For its interior, the thing worth noting is the much-longer wheelbase of the Gran Tourer. It measuring 2,780mm, 110mm longer than the Active Tourer. The result would be the new MPV's 7-seating capacity and larger legroom, that definitely pulls it away from its 5-seater counterpart. The last row can be folded down in a 50:50 splitting ratio as a flat flooring to hold a maximum 1,280-liter luggage.
As for its technical specs, the Gran Tourer features the same front-wheel drive architecture as with the Active Tourer. It also has a front-mounted 1.5L 3-cylinder engine with 136 hp and 220 Nm of peak torque, which is paired to a 6-speed automatic transmission. For added performance, the car has 4 available driving settings: Eco, Pro, Sport, and Comfort.
The new 2 Series Gran Tourer will be available for viewing again on November 10 to 12 at the Lucky Chinatown Main Mall Atrium. It will be followed by its 3rd viewing on November 16 to 19 at the SM Mall of Asia Block 12, then on November 24 to 26 at the Alabang Town Center Plaza.