Known as a performance-car brand, BMW’s expansion into the MPV market hasn’t exactly happened at breakneck speed. However, with the new 7-seater 2-Series Gran Tourer, BMW prepares to travel smoothly into a new segment. The unveiling of the Gran Tourer at the upcoming Geneva auto show marks the beginning of BMW’s new efforts to woo buyers who are looking for roomier, more family-friendly vehicles. Inside the new compact Gran Tourer is plenty of room for seven to travel in comfort, while providing the latest in performance, safety and connectivity.
This new model is longer and taller than the 2-Series Active Tourer from BMW by 8.4 inches and 2.1 inches, respectively, putting it at a total length of 179.4 inches. The new Gran Tourer has a 109.5 inch wheelbase.
Though the model is definitely compact, the cabin is roomy enough for the maximum seven passengers with extra space to use for cargo. Additionally, sliding the 40:20:40 split rear bench forward allows for an extended cargo area – an expansion from 23 cu.-ft to28 cu.-ft. The space can be enlarged even further by folding the rear seats into the floor, maximizing the area to a total of 67 cu.-ft.
So how did BMW do it? The roomy interior is a result of the decision to switch to front-wheel drive and ultra-compact 3- and 4- cylinder turbocharged engines (also built into the latest generation Minis). Five gasoline engines will be offered to buyers ranging from an inoutput of 116 to 192 horsepower, with both front- or all-wheel drive available.
The new BMW Gran Tourer lineup will offer five trim levels to choose from with a large selection of the latest and most advanced technology including the brand’s EfficientDynamics, ConnectedDrive and Traffic Jam Assistant systems. Traffic Jam helps the driver manage the heaviest bumper to bumper traffic situations by aiding in acceleration, braking and maintaining lane position.
In Germany, the 2-Series Gran Tourer can also come equipped with the myKIDIO app, which is geared toward providing specialized, quality content for children by accessing an iPad or other tablet connected inside the vehicle.
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