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2018 BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer – Spatial functionality and comfort

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2018 BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer – Spatial functionality and comfort. 2018 BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer M Sport package – Drive, Interior and Exterior.

The Gran Tourer is identical in width but measures 4,568 millimetres in length and 1,608 millimetres in height, with a wheelbase of 2,780 millimetres. Up to three child seats can be fitted side by side on the rear seat, while the BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer is the first model in the premium segment to offer the option of a third seat row, allowing it to carry seven passengers in total. The rearmost seats can also be lowered into the floor section and out of sight. The 645 litres of luggage space can be increased to as much as 1,905 litres by folding down the rear seats.

The BMW 2 Series Active Tourer is built at BMW Plant Leipzig and the BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer in Regensburg.

The defining qualities of the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer and BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer – clearly sculpted surfaces, elegant yet sporty lines and a long wheelbase with BMW’s signature short overhangs – are now given greater impact thanks to the new model generation’s more striking restyled front end and modified rear.

The most obvious identifying feature of the new BMW 2 Series Active Tourer and BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer at first glance is their significantly larger kidney grille, which is both taller and wider, and now stretches almost all the way to the headlight units. As a result, it exudes notably more presence and expressiveness. The front apron is dominated by the large air intake, which is split into three sections and bordered by large, C-shaped surrounds in a highgloss black finish. The outer air intakes, meanwhile, house the new optional LED foglamps, further accentuating the cutting-edge, sporty feel.

The BMW 2 Series Active Tourer and BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer are equipped with halogen headlights in the typically BMW twin circular arrangement. There is also the option of headlights with LED or Adaptive LED lighting technology, which offer an extended range of functions, such as antidazzle high beam. The familiar form of the twin circular headlights is given a hexagonal twist, resulting in an even more sophisticated and eye-catching appearance.

The rear end of the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer and BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer likewise has a very assertive feel to it and includes a number of targeted modifications that reinforce this impression. The trim finisher on the rear apron (only on the optional model variants) accentuates the sense of width, while the exhaust tailpipes now have a larger, 90-millimetre cross-section and are more clearly visible thanks to their thicker walls. The model update gives all four-cylinder models twin tailpipes.

The dynamic character of the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer and BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer with M Sport package is brought to the fore by the distinct styling of the front and rear ends. The dynamically contoured front apron is made up of three sections, with high-gloss black inserts framing the outer air intakes. The rear apron also sports a distinctive design, with an insert in Dark Shadow that accentuates the car’s width.

A selection of 13 exterior paint colours are available for the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer and BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer, including two non-metallic (Alpine White and Black) and eleven metallic variants. The Sunset Orange and Jucaro Beige shades are both new, while the Estoril Blue finish is reserved for models fitted with the M Sport package.

The 216i, 218i and 216d versions of the BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer come with 16-inch wheels as standard. The 220i, 218d and 220d (the latter two are also available in xDrive versions) are factory fitted with 17-inch wheels, while in its Luxury Line, Sport Line and M Sport package variants, the BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer features wheels with the same dimensions as the Active Tourer.

Horizontal surface structuring combines with the airy design and layout of the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer and BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer cabin to create a light and roomy feel, further highlighting the models’ functional qualities. Meanwhile, new upholstery materials and colours offer greater scope for individualisation and serve to underline the interior’s premium character.

In classical BMW style, the geometry of the centre console gravitates clearly towards the driver. The model update treats cars fitted with the seven-speed dual-clutch Steptronic transmission or eight-speed Steptronic to the new electronic selector lever. And the clear visual separation between the instrument panel and centre console makes the instrument panel look as if it is hovering in mid-air, adding further to the sense of spaciousness. The slightly angled surfaces emphasise the elevated seating position, which is a key purchasing criterion for many customers – along with a good all-round view and a clear overview of the car. Large trim finishers with accent strips reaffirm the premium credentials of the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer and BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer.

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