BMW launches its first seven-seat MPV
This is the BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer, a new seven-seat MPV from the premium German marque.
It's a more commodious version of the newly introduced 2 Series Active Tourer, which was itself a huge departure for the brand, being both its first people carrier and also its first-ever front-wheel-drive model.
Described by project leader Peter Krist as a "premium seven-seater", BMW believes it is entering uncharted territory with the new model. "There's no other premium seven-seater in the market," he told Auto Express. "We are completely unique."
However, in the UK, buyers already have a wealth of seven-seat people carriers to choose from, including the stylish Citroen C4 Grand Picasso and excellent Ford S-Max. BMW is hoping to attract these customers to the brand and has priced the Gran Tourer to compete. Commanding a premium of £2,000 over the five-seat Active Tourer, the Gran Tourer will start from £24,175 when it arrives in UK showrooms in September.
Like its smaller sibling, the Gran Tourer will be front-wheel drive, though four-wheel drive will be offered on selected models. Trim levels include entry-level SE, which includes choice items of kit such as dual-zone climate control and a powered tailgate and Sport, which adds larger alloy wheels and sports seats. On top of this, Luxury models come with leather upholstery while those after a more sporting feel will want M Sport models, which are visually tweaked for a more aggressive aesthetic.
Buyers will have a choice of two petrol and three diesel engines, the highlight of which is BMW's new three-cylinder 1.5-litre engine, which is available in both fuel types, badged 218i and 216d respectively. The usual line-up of 2.0-litre four-cylinder motors will also be offered in a range of power outputs.
The BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer will be unveiled in full at next month's Geneva motor show.