The 2014 Geneva Motor Show in March will mark an historical milestone for BMW: the launch of their first front-wheel drive bimmer.
The new BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer will debut alongside the 2 Series Active Tourer, the five-seater MVP. Both cars are built on the new BMW UKL platform which allows for a modular configuration, therefore the 2 Series Gran Tourer comes with seating for seven people.
Marcus, a reader of Bimmertoday spotted the 2 Series Gran Tourer with three rows of seats during a testing trial. Despite the heavy camouflage, the spy shots give us an overall look at the proportions and design of the new front-wheel drive vehicle. The car’s design is emphasized by an upright vertical rear window and a much “flatter” design than the sportier-looking five-seater Active Tourer.
The seven-seater, despite a fairly small increase in dimension, the 2 Series Gran Tourer offers noticeably more interior space. Because the roof line barely drops in the rear, the third row offers a little more headroom than the five-seater model.
The launch of the five-seater is planned for Fall 2014, but we still have no date for the practical “long version.”
The F46 BMW Active Tourer will compete against the Mercedes-Benz B-Class which recently halted development of a long-wheelbase version of the second-generation B-class.
Gran Tourer is powered just like the Active Tourer ostensibly of the new BMW three-cylinder engines with 1.5 liter Hubaum, only the strongest models rely on four cylinders. Planned festival is also a version with plug in hybrid drive, which drives the rear wheels via an electric motor and so realizes an efficient all-wheel drive.
BMW Active Tourer will be powered by three and four-cylinder turbo engines and will sport the new front-wheel drive platform architecture. A Hybrid and xDrive version will be offered as well.