BMW Motors has big plans for 2015 and they have started the year with the official unveiling of the 2-Series Gran Tourer. Coined as the "world’s first premium compact model to offer up to seven seats," the 2-Series Gran Tourer is essentially an enlarged version of the 2-Series Active Tourer with a provision of third row seating.
The styling is pretty much the same as the Active Tourer but adopts longer rear doors, a revised rear end and a higher roof. The interiors are also almost similar to the 2-Series Active Tourer but features an optional third row seat that folds flat into the floor. The model also has a more accommodating cargo compartment that can hold up to 1,905 litre of luggage.
Under the hood, five different engines will be available -
1.5 litre 218i Petrol - TwinTurbo Power three-cylinder engine produces 136 ps and 220 Nm of torque. It enables the model to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 9.5 seconds before hitting a top speed of up to 205 km/h.
2.0 litre 220i Petrol - TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder develops 192 ps and 280 Nm of torque. The MPV runs from 0-100 km/h in as little as 7.6 seconds before topping out at speeds up to 223 km/h.
1.5 litre 216d Diesel - The entry-level 216d has a 1.5-liter TwinPower Turbo three-cylinder engine that produces 116 ps and 270 Nm of torque.
2.0 litre 218d Diesel - TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder engine with 150 ps and 330 Nm of torque.
2.0 litre 220d Diesel - Lastly, the 220d xDrive uses a more powerful 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder engine that produces 190 ps and 400 Nm of torque. Thanks to all-wheel drive and a standard eight-speed automatic transmission, the model runs from 0-100 km/h in 7.6 seconds before topping out at 218 km/h.
India launch is not on cards for now since Minivan market is not yet matured here!