First ever BMW 2 Series GranCoupe finally unleashed in the Philippines

June 22, 2020

SMC Asia Car Distributors Corp., the official importer and distributor of BMW in the Philippines, announced the arrival of the first-ever BMW 2 Series Gran Coupé. Available in one variant, the 218i Gran Coupe Sport, this newcomer has all the ingredients to fuel the enthusiasm of the discerning local market. It represents an appealing addition to the model line-up, in particular in markets where the sedan body style enjoys strong popularity.

As its sporting looks imply, the first-ever BMW 2 Series Gran Coupé establishes a new bar in its class. The underpinnings for this potency are provided by the advanced BMW front-wheel- drive architecture, which it shares with the new BMW 1 Series. Furnished with cutting-edge chassis technology and innovative systems, e.g. in the field of control system technology, the four-door coupé likewise raises the bar in terms of driving dynamics and agility, and is the perfect choice for young, urban customers for whom sportiness, cutting-edge connectivity and ample on-board space rank highly.

A confident and sporty exterior.

The first-ever BMW 2 Series Gran Coupé seamlessly transfers the elegant aesthetic championed by its larger stablemates into the premium compact class. The standout characteristic of the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupé is its dynamically stretched silhouette which, like the four frameless side doors, is lifted from the classical coupé blueprint.

The new Gran Coupé model also features slightly angled headlights, which feature full-LED technology as standard, and form a prominent BMW four-eyed face and draw attention to the familiar BMW kidney grille. Exclusive details also include the contoured kidney grille bars with an eye-catching indentation and, most strikingly, the all-new design of the rear lights, which extend well into the center of the rear end. They hand over to a High-gloss Black band, which runs up to and encircles the centrally located BMW badge. This combination of the rear lights and connecting element makes a horizontal statement and accentuates the width of the rear.

The BMW 2 Series Gran Coupé measures 4,526 millimeters in length and 1,800 millimeters in width, but stands just 1,420 millimeters tall. Despite its low-slung, sporty appearance, passengers are well catered for space-wise, thanks to the 2,670-millimetre wheelbase. Plus, the 430-litre load compartment can be expanded in various ways. All of which significantly increases the car’s range of applications in daily use.

The BMW 2 Series Gran Coupé Sport comes fitted with 17-inch Light Alloy Wheels in Double- spoke Style 549 wrapped in runflat tires. Sport Line also brings applications of High-gloss Black for exterior trim pieces and BMW Individual High-gloss Shadow Line for the window graphic surrounds.

An interior with sporting flair and impressive space.

The interior of the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupé offers a combination of sport elements with high-quality materials and modern conveniences designed with both family life and long- distance journeys in mind.

In the BMW 2 Series 218i Gran Coupé Sport, Sensatec upholstery ensures comfort and durability, with the Sport front seats being electronically adjustable with a memory function for the driver. Interior trim strips are finished in “Illuminated Berlin” design, and a Sport steering wheel allows access to the many functions that the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupé offers.

Behind the wheel of the first-ever BMW 2 Series Gran Coupé, you are greeted by various controls geared squarely to the driver and grouped clusters. For example, air conditioning and lighting controls are grouped together and laid out intuitively. Access to the infotainment system is via the familiar BMW iDrive wheel, or a touchscreen 8.8-inch Central Information Display, all part of the seamless BMW Live Cockpit.

The Central Information Display also offers guidance when using BMW’s innovative Parking Assistant, allowing automatic assisted parking in spaces that are either parallel or perpendicular to the road, as well as automatic maneuvering out of parallel parking spaces. Park Distance Control also comes as standard, offering front and rear parking sensors, paired with a rear-view camera.

The BMW 2 Series Gran Coupé belies its elegant coupé form with generous levels of cabin space, welcoming rear passengers with significantly easier entry and 33 millimeters of extra knee room over the previously available BMW 2 Series Coupé. The seating position is 12 millimeters higher, too. The boot holds 430 liters of gear (40 liters more than the two-door coupé) and this can be expanded further by folding down the 40/20/40 split rear seat backrest. The rear bench can be released fully from the load compartment. The tailgate opens automatically at the press of a button or – if the optional Comfort Access is specified – with the wave of a foot.

A dynamic yet efficient powertrain combination.

At launch, the first-ever BMW 2 Series Gran Coupé will come with single engine choice – a 1.5- liter BMW TwinPower Turbo 3-cylinder in gasoline paired with a seven-speed dual clutch Steptronic automatic transmission. This offers 140 hp and 220 Nm of torque. The BMW 218i Gran Coupé Sport is priced at Php 2,990,000 and is available in the following colors: Alpine White, Black Sapphire, Melbourne Red, and Mineral Grey. As with all new BMWs, the first-ever BMW 2 Series Gran Coupé comes with a 5-year or 200,000-kilometer manufacturer’s warranty – a new standard in the premium automotive segment in the Philippines.

About the Author

Randolph de Leon
Randy is a person with disability (PWD), a partially-blinded person with only his left eye functioning. Since childhood, the automobile has always been his passion, and is able to express it through photography and most recently, through writing as well. Outside the motoring beat, Randy spends time manning the media aspect of his business which he co-founded with his sister/college classmate. It's called Dragonlight Wellness and Solutions, a multi-business venture centering on improving peoples' lives through earning.