BMW’s second minivan makes its first public appearance today at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer is the first car from Munich with a true seven-seater cabin and will go on sale in Europe this month.
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The BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer dominates his little brother by 21 cm while being also 5 cm higher. It features a steeper rear window which creates a higher roofline for additional space, and the larger rear doors which facilitate entry into the second and third row.
The exterior dimensions are: 4,556 x 1,800 x 1,608 mm (179.3 inches long, 70.9 inches wide and 63.3 inches tall). The majority of the added length is concentrated within the wheelbase, which has grown by 110mm to 2780m. BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer offers ample space and a generous luggage compartment that can be extended in capacity from 645 to 805 liters (67.3 cubic feet).
On the back seat of the Gran Tourer, up to three child seats can be attached side-by-side, and the middle seat can be positioned in the opposite direction of travel. When the kids are a bit older, they can take a seat in the third row of seats.
The series Gran Tourer shares its exterior styling with the Active Tourer through to the trailing edges of its front door. Its silhouette differs dramatically from traditional rear-wheel drive BMW models, with a short bonnet and heavily angled windscreen.
Inside, the BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer uses the same dashboard and buttons as the ActiveTourer – alongside which it will be produced at BMW’s factory in Leipzig, Germany.
The F46 Gran Tourer will be powered by three- and four-cylinder engines. Gasoline engines are found in the 218i (3-cylinder, 134 hp) and the 220i (4-cylinder, 189 hp). Diesel fans can choose between the 114 hp 216d (3-cylinder), the 148 hp 218d (4-cylinder), and the 220d xDrive (4-cylinder, 187 hp). The engines are matted to a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic.
BMW will only offer the xDrive in the 220d model.
Prices start at 28,650 euros.