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The front-wheel-drive Active Tourer is set to debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show on March 4th, but BMW has been kind enough to release some photos ahead of the big unveiling.
The new 2-series Active Tourer is not a car that many would associate with the highly revered BMW brand. As a front-wheel-drive people carrier, the new 2-series is a bold step towards the more practical future of the brand which began with the release of the more spacious GT hatchback versions of the 3-series and 5-series.
The 2-series Active Tourer also features another new innovation from BMW – a new 1.5 litre three-cylinder turbo petrol engine which is also available in the BMW i8 electric sports car and the recently launched new 2014 Mini Cooper.
The new 2-series has many distinct features that owners enjoy about MPVs such as sliding rear seats, plenty of cup holders, a flat folding passenger seat to expand load space and reclining rear seats that split into three. Its dimensions mirror that of its main rival in the small MPV sector, the Mercedes B-Class – its 4.4 metres long and 1.6 metres tall. The success of this popular MPV has driven BMW to make the switch from rear-wheel drive which in turn has enabled the brand to maximise its internal space and produce a larger 468-litre boot.
The line up of engines available on the BMW 2-series Active Tourer include a 136bhp 1.5 litre badged as the 218i which can achieve 0-62mph in just 10 seconds and a claimed fuel economy of 58mpg and CO2 emissions of 115g/km. There is also a larger 2.0-litre four cylinder turbo engine which offers 231hp and is entitled the 225i, achieving 0-62mph in just 6.8 seconds. A new 150hp 2.0-litre diesel known as the 218d completes the line up returning a generous 69mpg with emissions of 109g/km.
Despite being a roomy people carrier, BMW claims that the 2-series is still a sporty car thanks to its low kerbweight of 1,320kg on the 218i. Added extras include a full colour head-up display as well as guided cruise control via the ConnectedDrive package that includes steering assistance to add an element of semi-autonomous driving in traffic jams.
The BMW 2-series Active Tourer is due to go on sale in the UK in September, with prices starting at about £23,000.