When BMW announced the introduction to the market of a front-wheel drive model the truth is that the fans of the brand took their hands to the head because at first it was thought that we were before the beginning of the end of the essence of the brand, however, today we will analyze the result.
The arrival to the market of the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer and the subsequent arrival of a BMW 2 Series Grand Tourer that offered much more luggage and even the option of optionally incorporating a third row of seats with two more seats, has marked a before and a then in the German mark.
In addition to the introduction of front-wheel drive and three-cylinder mechanics, BMW introduced a new philosophy with which it offers more equipment and a more familiar range. Despite what you can believe, this BMW model is putting things very difficult to its most direct rival, the Mercedes-Benz Class B, a model with which it shares philosophy. The total sales figures of the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer and the BMW 2 Series Grand Tourer surpass those of the Mercedes-Benz Class B so we can say that the model, the front wheel drive and this new philosophy is a resounding success .
Yes, despite what seemed at first, there was no loss of noticeable identity and on the other hand, the Germanic brand has opened to a new public who either does not appreciate the front wheel drive or is simply scared.
The suppression of rear-wheel drive has freed up more space for the luggage compartment, the possibility of equipping a third row of seats and the cost savings which, incidentally, has had an effect on more standard equipment, the latter being perhaps the most draws attention to buyers.
In the case of the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer we speak of a compact minivan of 4,342 millimeters in length that offers enough room for up to 5 occupants as well as for their suitcases, thanks to the 468 liters expandable to 1,510 liters.
The model is offered in 9 motorizations, all of them associated with a manual transmission, but with the possibility of equipping automatic gearbox as an option. In the petrol offer we find the 218i that offers 136 hp, followed by the 220i with 192 hp and chaired by the 225i with 231 hp (also available with xDrive traction).
In the diesel offer we find the 216d with 116 hp followed by the 218d with 150 hp (also with variant xDrive) and chaired by the 220d with 190 hp (also available with xDrive drive).
The prices start from the 26,450 dollars with an equipment endowment among which we can find the air conditioner, rain sensor and lights, Bluetooth hands-free, emergency call, the tailgate with electric opening, multifunction leather steering wheel or electric mirrors as standard. Although standard comes well equipped will be in the Advantage finish (from 27,450 dollars) when the thing will start to get interesting by adding cruise control, full LED headlights, fog lights or the rear parking sensor.
In the upper step we find the Sport finish (from 29,150 dollars) which adds the Sport Line with specific upholstery, specific decorative trim, 17 “wheels, sports seats and a lighting package.
Next we have the Luxury finish (from 31,300 dollars) which adds heated seats, leather upholstery, other specific moldings, specific 17 “wheels, chrome exterior line and lighting package.
At the highest point of the offer we come across the M Sport finish (from 31,800 dollars) which adds a very sporty touch to the MPV thanks to a lighting package, an M sports package and a lot of specific equipment.
If the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer falls short of space, BMW offers the Series 2 Grand Tourer, a model that has a length of 4.556 millimeters. Thanks to this new length we have additional space for an optional third row of seats and a 645 liters luggage compartment expandable to 805 liters or 1,905 liters if we leave all the flat cargo space.
The offer of the BMW 2 Series Grand Tourer consists of 7 mechanics among which we find 2 petrol engines and 5 diesel mechanics.
Among the petrol supply we find the 218i with 136 hp and the 220i with 192 hp. The diesel offer starts with a 216d of 136 hp which is followed by a 218d of 150 hp (also with variant xDrive) and chaired by a 220d of 190 hp (also available in variant xDrive)
The BMW 2 Series Grand Tourer has exactly the same equipment offer and the same levels of finishes, all of which are summarized in the following table.
With regard to prices, the BMW 2 Series Grand Tourer departs from the 27,950 with generous standard equipment. The Advantege finishes part of the 28,950 dollars, the Sport part of the 31,400 dollars, Luxury part of the 32,800 dollars and the M Sport part of the 33,300 dollars.
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