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BMW 2 Series Active Tourer on sale from $44,400

August 1, 2014

Local prices and specifications for the all-new BMW 2 Series Active Tourer – BMW’s first-ever front-wheel drive car – have been announced. It will arrive in November.

BMW 2 Series Active Tourer

Three variants will make up the local lineup, including the 218i, 218d, and the 225i. Each are powered by a turbocharged engine, with outputs ranging from 100kW and 220Nm in the 1.5-litre three-cylinder 218i, to 170kW and 350Nm in the case of the 2.0-litre four-cylinder 225i.

For those in the market for a fuel-efficient diesel, the 218d comes with a four-cylinder unit producing 110kW of power and 330Nm of torque. It has an average fuel consumption of just 4.2L/100km. In comparison, the 218i uses 5.2L/100km and the 225i uses 6.1L/100km.

BMW 2 Series Active Tourer-rear

Being the first-ever front-wheel drive BMW, engineers have had to develop an new platform. They say it offers great driving dynamics and the sort of experience BMW vehicles are renowned for.The setup incorporates single-joint spring struts at the front and a multi-link rear end.

Standard features for the 218 versions include 17-inch alloy wheels, climate control, an electric tailgate, Bluetooth, lane departure and forward collision warning with city braking technology, a comprehensive infotainment system with sat-nav, a rear-view camera, and the full Sport Line trim.

Stepping up to the 225i adds 18-inch alloy wheels, a sports automatic transmission, dynamic damper control, variable sports steering, LED headlights, and the full Luxury Line trim package with leather.

It will be interesting to see how buyers react to the front-wheel drive layout, or if it will upset the fans. An on-sale date is locked in for November, with deliveries set to kick off from December. See below for the list prices (excluding on-road costs):

BMW 218i Active Tourer – $44,400
BMW 218d Active Tourer – $47,800
BMW 225i Active Tourer – $54,900

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.