Indeed, with its five-door hatchback bodywork, three- or four-cylinder turbocharged engines, and – get this – front-wheel drive layout, the newest member of the 2 Series family overturns not just everything the German automaker had previously appeared to establish about its nomenclature, but perhaps everything it had established about it’s entire brand strategy.
As BMW clearly states in its press release, "The arrival of the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer … sees BMW expand its portfolio into another new model segment." It’s a
The exterior dimensions of the Active Tourer are nearly identical to the B-Class Benz, with the 2 Series being fractionally shorter, wider and lower (4,342 mm long, 1,800 mm wide and 1,555 mm high, versus 4,359 mm long, 1,786 mm wide and 1,557 mm wide for the B-Class).
Inside, the 2 Series Active Tourer promises a spacious feel, with a raised driving position, a hidden luggage compartment in the 468-litre trunk, and sliding rear seats that fold in a 40/20/40 split to provide up to 1,510 litres of luggage space. Features include an available panoramic sunroof, heads-up display, and BMW’s full suite
Under the hood, the 2 Series Active Tourer will be available (in Europe at least) with a choice of three transversely-mounted engines: The 218i Active Tourer gets a three-cylinder 1.5-litre turbocharged gasoline engine that delivers 136 horsepower and city/hwy fuel consumption of 6.1 / 4.2 L/100km on the European cycle. The 225i Active Tourer gets a four-cylinder turbocharged gas engine delivering 231 horsepower and city/hwy fuel consumption of 7.6 / 5.0 L/100km. The 218d Active Tourer gets a four-cylinder diesel rated at 150 horsepower and 5.0 / 3.6 L/100km (city/hwy).
The BMW 2 Series Active Tourer, which BMW calls "perfectly suited to cope with the growing challenges of urban mobility," will be available in standard, Luxury and Sport Line trim levels. It will launch in Europe later this year, and while future North American availability wasn’t announced by BMW, it is rumoured to be heading to our shores for 2015.
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