Released in 2014, the BMW 2-Series Gran Tourer is one of the first Front wheel drive vehicles that were manufactured under the BMW brand. The 2-Series platform by the German automobile manufacturers spawned a variety of body designs including an open-top roadster, a compact coupe and the MPV styled Active Tourer and Gran Tourer models. The Gran Tourer made its way in the Indonesian market at the GIIAS 2015 last august, and was presented as a premium MPV model by the manufacturers. Priced at Rp 749 million, the vehicle was aimed to capitalize on the high demand for multi-purpose vehicles (MPVs) in Indonesia. As a 7-seater variant of the previously released Active Tourer, the 2-Series Gran Tourer is offered in 4 variants namely, Advantage, Sport Line, Luxury and M Sport.
The 2-series platform has been specially designed by the engineers using their signature Modular Engine Architecture that can be fitted with both 3-cylinder and 4-cylinder engines. Upon its unveiling the Gran Tourer was presented with a choice of 2 gasoline powered engines, the 1.5-litre 218i and the 2.0-litre 220i drivetrains with both manual and automatic transmission. While the 2.0-litre variant hasn’t been road tested yet, the 1.5-litre engine is capable of producing 136 hp @ 4440 rpm with a torque of 220 Nm @ 4300 rpm. With a top speed of 203 kmph, the smart fuel-injection technology also ensures a great mileage in both city and highway driving conditions.
With an enlarged body to accommodate more passengers, the Gran Tourer shares several of its design aesthetics with active tourer. The lowest ‘Advantage’ variant is presented with 16-inch alloys while the highest M Sport trim is presented with 17-inch alloys. The enlarged dimensions are pretty evident with the 4556 mm length and the 1608 mm height that makes the Gran Tourer a formidable entry in the compact MPV class. It features a signature BMW ‘kidney’ grille, with a set of brooding headlamps that give the vehicle a distinguished ‘Serious’ look. The body has also been aerodynamically designed with straight lines that flow all the way from the front and merge seamlessly with the tail lights. The highest variant is also presented with a shark fin antenna roof rails, ORVMs with turn indicators and exhaust-pipe styling.
BMW comes second to none when talking about interior comfort. The same level of expertise has been provided with the 2-Series Gran Tourer with a total boot space of 145-litre, this might feel a little small compared to other MPVs in the market, but is still decent for this segment. The driver and the front passenger space has a roomy cabin and a heavily equipped centre console. It comes equipped with a multi-function steering wheel with audio controls and Bluetooth connectivity. The centre console also comes fitted with iDrive, navigation, Radio, CD player and dual zone climate control embedded in the stylized dashboard and the space between the driver and front passenger. The seats are also extremely comfortable and are covered with some neatly stitched black leather upholstery. The rear seats have also been provided with AC vents and can also be folded to increase room for luggage. The trunk is also electronically controlled and can be opened or closed with a simple push of a button.
Being a premium class MPV, the manufacturers have taken proper care to ensure occupant safety in the 2-Series model. The Gran Tourer was presented with a 5-star safety rating at the Euro NCAP and is equipped with 6 airbags with ISOFIX Child seat supports on three seats as standard features. It also has top of the line safety features such as collision warning with automatic braking, lane assist, hands-free phone, rear parking assist and windscreen wipers that work automatically on sensing rain.
Looking at the above specs, it can certainly be said that the 2-series Gran Tourer advantages certainly outmatch the price tag it carries. It is certainly not without flaws, but provided the existing competition in this particular segment BMW have pretty much created a highly sellable MPV for the premium class buyers in Indonesia.