BMW's newest four-door has arrived in the Philippines. SMC Asia Car Distributors Corporation, the official distributor of BMW in the country, has just revealed 2020 2 Series Gran Coupe, marking the company's first-ever digital vehicle launch in the country.
First revealed by the Bavarian automaker late last year, 2020 2 Series Gran Coupe now serves as the brand's smallest and most affordable four-door in the Philippines and is aimed squarely against the Mercedes-Benz CLA. Now underpinned by the brand's new UKL platform, the 2 Series has gone from rear-wheel-drive to front-wheel-drive and gets a stylish makeover inside and out.
Starting with its exterior design, the all-new 2 Series features a similar look akin to the 1 Series revealed last February. A huge kidney front grille, eye-catching LED headlights with LED daytime running lights, along with a sporty front bumper give the four-door its unmistakable look.
If the front fascia bears a resemblance to the smaller 1 Series, the rear of the 2 Series Gran Coupe borrows some styling cues from the 8 Series thanks to its L-shaped LED taillights and sculpted rear bumper. Further giving the 2 Series Gran Coupe's sportier looks are the 17-inch double-spoke alloy wheels, and high-gloss shadowline trim on the windows.
In terms of size, the 2 Series Gran Coupe measures 4526mm long, 1800mm wide, 1420mm tall, and has a 2670mm wheelbase.
Those familiar with the 1 Series' interior will find the amenities on the 2 Series familiar and inviting. From its leather-wrapped, three-spoke steering wheel, power-adjustable front sport seats with memory function for the driver, velour floor mats, LED interior ambient lighting, and Sensatec leather upholstery, the 2 Series Gran Coupe delivers a sporting flair for its occupants.
On the technology front, it comes with dual-zone automatic climate control, 8.8-inch touchscreen with iDrive, automated parking assist for parallel or perpendicular parking, front and rear parking sensors, reverse camera, and the optional Comfort Access which can automatically open the tailgate with a wave of the foot below the rear bumper.
Need to carry plenty of goods on the 2 Series? It has 430 liters of luggage space (40-liters more than the previous Coupe) which can be extended further by folding down the 40:20:40 split rear seats at the back.
Under the hood, the 2 Series Gran Coupe only comes with one engine option, the 218i. It's a 1.5-liter TwinPower Turbo three-cylinder engine that makes 140 PS along with 220 Nm of torque. Power is then sent to the front wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
The 2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe retails for PhP 2,990,000 and is available in the following colors: Alpine White, Black Sapphire, Melbourne Red, and Mineral Gray. As with all new BMWs, the 2 Series Gran Coupe is covered by a 200,000 km/5-year warranty.