BMW 2 Series AT MY 3

BMW Malaysia has introduced the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer in Malaysia at the BMW World Malaysia 2015, which opens its doors to the public tomorrow – Munich’s first compact people mover makes its debut here in a sole form, as a 218i variant.

The front-wheel drive five-seater, which measures at 4,342 mm long, 1,800 mm wide and 1,555 mm tall (with a 2,670 mm-long wheelbase), is powered by a three-cylinder 1.5 litre TwinPower Turbo petrol unit, which premiered on the BMW i8.

Here, the unit develops 136 hp at 4,500-6,000 rpm and 220 Nm from 1,250 rpm t0 4,300 rpm (with overboost to 230 Nm available for short periods). It’s paired with a six-speed Steptronic auto transmission, and performance specs include a top speed of 205 km/h and a 0-100 km/h time of 9.2 seconds.

For the Malaysian market, the 218i will be available in Standard guise, but a higher Luxury Line trim can be specified. General equipment includes auto start/stop, LED headlights with LED DRLs and cornering lights, a six-speaker audio system and 6.5-inch colour monitor as well as a rear view camera. Also on, auto air-conditioning, an electronic parking brake and sports leather steering wheel.

BMW 2 Series AT MY 5

The Standard variant’s interior features Sensatec artificial leather upholstery and black high-gloss interior trim finishers with chrome highlights, while the exterior is dressed in Chrome line elements and 16-inch Turbine Style 472 wheels with 205/50 profile rubbers.

The Luxury Line version, as you’d expect, adds a number of items into the equation – the wheels get bumped up to 18-inch Y-spoke Style 484 units (with 225/45 tyres), and the variant gets Comfort Access, Park Assistant and an auto tailgate.

Inside, the seats are finished in Leather Dakota upholstery, and the cabin is dressed in what is called a Fineline Stream fine-wood trim scheme with pearl chrome finishers to provide contrast. Also, the audio gets bumped up to a 205-watt, seven speaker system in the Luxury Line. Incidentally, despite the lack of it in the display vehicles, we’ve been told that the Malaysian-spec 218i Luxury does come equipped with steering audio controls.

Safety equipment includes front, side and head airbags, the last running front-to-rear and covering the entire window, Isofix mounts and the usual raft of three-letter acronyms, DSC, ABS, ASC and DBC among them.

Price-wise, the BMW 218i goes for RM218,800 in its Standard variant form (on-the-road without insurance), and opting for the Luxury Line package will add RM30,000 into the mix. The 218i comes with a two-year/unlimited mileage warranty and a three-year/60,000 km BMW Service + Repair Inclusive package.

At the BMW World event, there was also a number of accessories mentioned for the 2 AT, and the list includes roof rails (RM2,987), roof racks (RM1,424), a 460 litre roof box (RM3,759) and rear window sunblinds (RM943). The complete accessories list can be seen here.

BMW 218i Active Tourer Standard

BMW 218i Active Tourer Luxury