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BMW 2 Series Active Tourer revealed, first ever FWD BMW

February 14, 2014

BMW has revealed the all-new 2 Series Active Tourer. This is the company’s first-ever front-wheel drive model, debuting the company’s 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine.

BMW 2 Series Active Tourer

Introduced as an extension to the 2 Series range, which is the two-door version of the 1 Series, the Active Tourer is presented as a compact MPV. It’s 4342mm long, 1800mm wide, and 1555mm tall.

Inside, the wagon-like model offers an accommodating cabin, with 468 litres of cargo space in the back, expandable to 1510 litres with the 40:20:40 rear seats folded flat.

The rear seat is mounted on a sliding mechanism which allows the user to either increase rear kneeroom or increase cargo space.

BMW 2 Series Active Tourer-rear

As for the model variants, the 2 Series Active Tourer will initially be introduced in 216i/218i, 218d, and 225i forms.

The 216i/218i is powered by a 1.5-litre turbocharged three-cylinder engine producing 100kW and 220Nm. If offers an average fuel consumption of just 4.9L/100km, and it’s able to cover 0-100km/h in 9.3 seconds.

Stepping up to the 225i, it comes with a spicy 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder producing a solid 170kW of power and 350Nm of torque. Acceleration from 0-100km/h comes up in just 6.8 seconds, with fuel economy rated at 6.0L/100km.

Lastly, for the super-fuel-conscious buyers, the 218d. It comes with a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder producing 110kW and 330Nm. Fuel economy is rated at a hybrid-like 4.1L/100km, with 0-100km/h coming up in 8.9 seconds.

All variants will be available with either a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic transmission with front-wheel drive.

BMW 2 Series Active Tourer-interior

Those concerned about the transition from rear- or all-wheel drive to front-wheel drive needn’t worry. The Active Tourer is underpinned by the company’s new UKL1 platform, which is also used on the new MINI Cooper.

It comprises of a single-joint spring strut suspension layout at the front and a multi-link setup at the rear. BMW says the handling and steering has been tuned to offer agility, directional precision, and excellent cornering stability and ride comfort.

BMW says the new model will be available with an M Sport package, with sports suspension, wheels, and a bespoke interior. Some markets will also be offered an xDrive all-wheel drive system.

Specific details on the Australian-market versions are yet to be announced.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.