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BMW expands 2-Series range with Gran Tourer


NOT too long ago we brought you our driving impression of the BMW 2-Series Active Tourer, the first front-wheel-drive BMW, and now the Bavarian brand has announced a bigger version of its MPV in the form of the 2-Series Gran Tourer.

Bigger and better?

The new model is some 4 556mm long, 1 800mm wide and 1 608mm high, making this a substantial car, some 214mm longer and 53mm higher than the BMW 2-Series Active Tourer. It now offers boot space of 645 to 805 litres, depending on the folding boot floor (1 905 litres with the seats folded down). The rear bench seat can accommodate three people and can slide forward and backward. There’s even a third row of seats as an option, making this a proper seven-seater with a range of storage options for all three rows of seats.


The global release stipulates several engines being made available. We would expect the three and four-cylinder petrol motors and a diesel ranging in output from 85kW to 141kW, while the more important revelation is the fact that the 220d xDrive Gran Tourer will be available with all-wheel-drive.

Four trim lines

The BMW 2-Series Gran Tourer is available in several trim grades, starting with the Standard model and moving on towards the Advantage model, which adds two-zone automatic air conditioning, Park Distance Control at the rear, Cruise Control with braking function and a multifunctional steering wheel. The Sport Line model gets light alloy wheels and sports seats, while the Luxury Line gets its own alloys and leather appointments. The sportiest is the M Sport model, which comes with a choice of the M Aerodynamics package, BMW Individual high-gloss Shadow Line, M leather steering wheel and M Sport seats.

Added practicality

This model also has a folding boot floor that conceals a further compartment with a handy multifunction tray offering 100 litres of storage space. There are also latching points in the rear compartment and a multifunction bag hook on both the left and the right. The new model also has "monorails" on the backrests of the front seats, to which a folding table can be attached and adjusted for both height and tilt angle.

The are many compartments in this model, including a large compartment in front of the centre console, the area under the front centre armrest, two large cupholders behind the gearshift lever and the door panels, which can accommodate bottles of up to 1.5 litres.

Standard equipment

Standard equipment includes an AM/FM radio with Bluetooth, the iDrive operating system with controller on the centre console, Intelligent Emergency Call, a 6.5-inch colour display, the Driving Experience Control switch with ECO PRO mode, an electronic parking brake, a front armrest, a rain sensor with automatic headlight activation, as well as Collision Warning with City Braking function.


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