SMC Asia Car Distributors Corp. (SMC ACDC), the distributor of BMW in the Philippines, has unveiled on its live streaming on Facebook the first-ever BMW 2 Series GranCoupe. It is an entry-level compact “four-door coupe” that aims to compete with the Mercedes-Benz CLA.
While even-numbered models usually come as two-door coupes and convertibles in BMW’s naming structure, the 2 Series line-up is actually a hodgepodge of different body styles. The 2 Series line-up now consists of an MPV, an actual two-door coupe and convertible, and for the first time, a “four-door coupe.” Measuring at 4,526 mm in length, 1,800 mm in width, and 1,420 mm in height with a 2,670 mm wheelbase, the 2 Series GranCoupe is the German brand’s smallest four-door passenger car.
Sharing the same platform as the front-wheel-drive (FWD) BMW 1 Series, the BMW 2 Series GranCoupe is essentially the sedan version of the brand’s luxury hatchback. There’s one variant on sale called the 218i. Up front, it shares a similar enlarged kidney grille from the 1 Series, which is flanked by slim LED headlights as standard. As with all of these “four-door coupes”, the 2 Series GranCoupe utilizes frameless doors. The rear fascia, meanwhile, features a similar LED taillight graphic as seen in the BMW 8 Series GranCoupe.
As for the interior, the similarity with the 1 Series continues inside, which is not exactly a bad thing since the interior is very luxurious and upmarket. The sole 218i on sale comes with the latest version of iDrive 7 with an 8.8-inch screen, along with a digital BMW Live Cockpit Plus instrument cluster. It also comes with power-adjustable front seats, sports leather steering wheel, ambient LED lighting, among other features.
Only one engine choice is offered for the 2 Series GranCoupe and that is 218i. Thus, it is fitted with a 1.5-liter inline-3 turbocharged petrol engine that produces 140 hp and 220 Nm of torque. Power is sent to the front wheels via a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
As for safety and driver-assist systems, the BMW 2 Series GranCoupe is equipped with the usual plethora of airbags, stability control, all-around sensors, reverse camera, and an autonomous parking feature called Parking Assistant. This feature lets the 2 Series GranCoupe slot into parallel and perpendicular parking spots automatically.
The BMW 2 Series GranCoupe is now on sale for P2,990,000 for the sole 218i variant. As with every new BMW nowadays, it comes with an industry-leading 5-year/200,000-kilometer warranty, whichever comes first. You can also lower your maintenance costs by selecting the recently-launched BMW Service Inclusive, which is a one-time payment for a maintenance package that’s good for a period of five years or 60,000 kilometers and extendable up to 100,000 kilometers.