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World Premiere: BMW 2 Series Active Tourer – First front-wheel drive BMW

2 Series | February 14th, 2014 by 25
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The arrival of the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer (fuel consumption combined: 6.0–4.1 litres per 100 km [47–68.9 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions: 139–109 g/km)* sees …

The arrival of the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer (fuel consumption combined: 6.0–4.1 litres per 100 km [47–68.9 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions: 139–109 g/km)* sees BMW expand its portfolio into another new model segment. The newcomer in the premium compact class skilfully blends comfort and functionality of space with the trademark BMW strengths of dynamism, style and elegance.
Following on from the Coupe as the second member of the new BMW 2 Series range, the harmoniously proportioned Active Tourer oozes sportiness from every angle. Measuring just 4,342 millimetres long, 1,800 millimetres wide and 1,555 millimetres in height, it combines compact dimensions on the outside with a strikingly spacious feel on the inside, making it perfectly suited to cope with the growing challenges of urban mobility.
World Premiere: BMW 2 Series Active Tourer   First front wheel drive BMW
New turbocharged engines with three and four cylinders, a comprehensive package of BMW EfficientDynamics measures and the extensive connectivity provided by BMW ConnectedDrive are all formative elements in a driving experience that centres on sporty performance and exemplary efficiency.
* Figures are provisional and have not yet been officially confirmed. The estimated fuel consumption figures have been calculated as per the ECE text cycle.
Dynamism and functionality of space brought together in classic BMW fashion.
World Premiere: BMW 2 Series Active Tourer   First front wheel drive BMW
In order to achieve a particularly high level of versatility and functionality in the premium compact class, special design concepts are needed. BMW has therefore opted for a sophisticated front-wheel-drive system for the
2 Series Active Tourer that is able to deliver the degree of driver engagement expected of the brand’s models. Together with the long wheelbase of 2,670 millimetres and raised roofline, this configuration enables the room inside to be maximised, resulting in an unprecedented feeling of spaciousness.
World Premiere: BMW 2 Series Active Tourer   First front wheel drive BMW
Driver and front passenger enjoy a far higher seating position than in a sedan, which affords a commanding all-round view at the same time as making it easier to get in and out. The wealth of storage facilities and the option of a fold-flat passenger seat backrest are just two examples of the interior’s impressive flexibility and cleverly devised layout. The cabin has a light and spacious feel to it, with all surfaces horizontally structured in a layered look. There is also the option of a large panoramic roof that lets light flood into the interior.
The brand identity with its overriding sense of dynamism is clearly present in the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer too. It shines through in trademark features such as the slightly forward-slanting BMW kidney grille at the front end flanked by the distinctive twin circular headlights. The short front overhang in particular is highly unusual for a front-wheel-drive car, and is just as much a classic BMW styling cue as the short overhang at the rear, the long wheelbase, the Hofmeister kink in the rear side windows and the L-shaped rear lights. Crisp contours and an eye-catching swage line at the sides give added impact to the wheel arches and inject the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer with forward thrust even when stationary. Moving inside, the controls for the radio, air conditioning and air vents are angled towards the driver in another unmistakable BMW design trait.
World Premiere: BMW 2 Series Active Tourer   First front wheel drive BMW
Maximum versatility and functionality.
The versatile luggage compartment, whose capacity can be enlarged from 468 to 1,510 litres, and the 40:20:40 split-folding rear backrest fitted as standard exemplify this model’s excellent everyday practicality. Flexibility is further enhanced by a sliding rear seat, allowing either kneeroom or luggage space to be increased as required. One particularly smart touch is the foldable boot floor that conceals a storage compartment with a handy multifunction tray. The rear backrest can be adjusted to offer either added comfort for the three rear seats or extra luggage space. Access to the luggage compartment couldn’t be easier thanks to the large, broad, wide-opening tailgate, which can furthermore be optionally specified with pushbutton automatic opening and closing or the Smart Opener function for supreme ease of operation with a quick flick of the foot.
World Premiere: BMW 2 Series Active Tourer   First front wheel drive BMW

Latest-generation engines running on three or four cylinders.
The new BMW 2 Series Active Tourer is being launched with a choice of three powerful, light and fuel-efficient three and four-cylinder drive units that form part of a new generation of engines. They are installed transversely and boast a compact design along with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, at the same time as complying with the EU6 emissions standard.

The new three-cylinder petrol unit stands out for its exceptional efficiency and great performance abilities. This cutting-edge powerplant is receiving its premiere in a model from the BMW core brand in the guise of the BMW 218i Active Tourer (fuel consumption urban/extra-urban/combined: 6.1/4.2/4.9 l/100 km [46.3/67.2/57.6 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 115 g/km)* with a six-speed manual gearbox. The engine has a displacement of 1.5 litres, generates 100 kW/136 hp and excels with its spontaneous throttle response, hearty appetite for revs and high pulling power. The design of three-cylinder engines means they are not subject to first and second-order inertia forces, while the balancer shaft included on the BMW unit ensures that it operates even more smoothly over the entire rev range.

Topping the bill at market launch is the BMW 225i Active Tourer (fuel consumption urban/extra-urban/combined: 7.6/5.0/6.0 l/100 km [37.1/56.5/47 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 139 g/km)*. With an output of 170 kW/231 hp, a time of 6.8 seconds* for the 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) dash and a top speed of 235 km/h* (146 mph), the model’s four-cylinder engine raises the bar for dynamic performance in its class.

Hard at work under the bonnet of the BMW 218d Active Tourer (fuel consumption urban/extra-urban/combined: 5.0/3.6/4.1 l/100 km [56.5/78.4/68.9 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 109 g/km)* is a four-cylinder diesel engine. A member of the same new engine family as its two petrol counterparts, it delivers 110 kW/150 hp while mustering up a peak torque of 330 Nm (243 lb-ft). This powerpack serves to reaffirm the exceptionally dynamic performance qualities of diesel engines from BMW, propelling the BMW 218d Active Tourer from standstill to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 8.9 seconds* and on to a top speed of 205 km/h (127 mph)*.

World Premiere: BMW 2 Series Active Tourer   First front wheel drive BMW

The BMW among front-wheel-drive cars.
Like all BMW models, the new BMW 2 Series Active Tourer makes its mark with great driving dynamics and the sort of driving experience the brand is renowned for. The newly developed chassis, comprising a single-joint spring strut axle at the front and a multi-link rear axle, combines agility and directional precision with excellent handling stability and suspension comfort. The front drive axle in the new BMW 2 Series Active Tourer has undergone extensive fine-tuning, ensuring that it endows the car with optimum driving dynamics and wonderfully precise steering feedback. The electromechanical steering and the system’s functional arrangement combine to produce a driving sensation that is devoid of interfering torque steer.

The intelligent use of high-tensile and ultra-high-tensile multi-phase steels makes a decisive contribution to safety standards in the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer, while also helping to keep the vehicle’s weight down. Apart from being a crucial factor in the model’s exceptional driving dynamics, this lightweight engineering is just one among many BMW EfficientDynamics technology elements. These also include the Auto Start Stop function, Brake Energy Regeneration, Optimum Gearshift Indicator, on-demand operation of ancillary units and the integral Air Curtain, which uses two vertical air inlets in the front bumper to direct the airstream along the front wheels.

World Premiere: BMW 2 Series Active Tourer   First front wheel drive BMW

M Sport package for maximum presence.
Besides the standard trim, two further equipment lines both allow owners to put an individual slant on the interior and exterior. The Sport Line places the emphasis on the dynamic side, while the Luxury Line is all about elegance and exclusiveness. The M Sport package that will be available from November opens up even greater scope for customisation. An M Aerodynamics package, M Sport suspension and 17 or 18-inch M light-alloy wheels on the outside are complemented by an M leather steering wheel and specially upholstered sports seats in the interior to maximise the on-road presence of the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer. The range will be extended from late autumn to include variants equipped with the xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system.

High degree of connectivity for enhanced safety and comfort.
Standards of safety and comfort aboard the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer are boosted by the assistance systems and various infotainment features that are collectively known as BMW ConnectedDrive. Take, for instance, the Traffic Jam Assistant or the camera-based cruise control system with Stop & Go function, which both work using a mono camera. They assist with accelerating and braking (longitudinal guidance) as well as steering (lateral guidance with the Traffic Jam Assistant), at the same time as relieving the driver of monotonous tasks, such as when driving in a queue of traffic on the motorway or in heavy city-centre traffic.

BMW ConnectedDrive Services & Apps bring smartphone applications into the vehicle and allow innovative features like the Concierge Service or Real Time Traffic Information to be added. These can also be booked at a later date and, in many cases, for flexible periods of time. In this way, the functionality of the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer can be vastly enhanced and updated by the owner at any time.

The BMW 2 Series Active Tourer is the first model in the premium compact class to be made available with a Head-Up Display, which projects all relevant driving information into the driver’s field of vision in full colour. Instead of being displayed on the windscreen itself, the information is shown on a screen that extends out between the steering wheel and windscreen. This enables drivers to view all key information without having to divert their attention from the road.

  • mckillio

    It’s very interesting that the 4 cylinder engines are down on power compared to their predecessors, is it due to the FWD nature or does BMW want to make the upper level cars special?

    • Marley71

      3 cylinder.

      • mckillio

        What am I supposed to infer from this?

        • Ben

          It’s down on power because of the fact that the Active Tourer has a three-cylinder rather than a four-cylinder. It’s basically half of the straight six you’d find in a 3 Series/4 series 35i

          • mckillio

            I’m not talking about the three cylinder, it also has a I4 (B47) which has less power than the current I4 (N20).

  • Rashid Alvarez

    yawnnnnnnnnnn

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  • jet.thomas

    Great car I think. Needed by BMW and they’ve just one-upped the competition. Perfectly positioned to capture up-and-coming families while not moving away from the core of the BMW brand! The B-class Merc has always just seemed out of place while this seems to be very focused.

  • Giom

    I am surprised at the 2 series naming. Should have been 1. It’s not a coupé. What would be the reason for this?

  • Sihle

    its Beautiful.

  • Alexandru Florin

    this is the FIRST MPV i like..actually, i love it

  • Guest

    I can say, that once again BMW did what it should. He made a masterpiece, a diamond for the road. Watch as we all imagine the evolution of Active Tourer series 2, from the beginning of the design and presentation of, up to its current presence in the world. The car, this vehicle will hit the market, with very large sales rates and will give the BMW dynamic that has to give at that level and I think address in younger audiences. The age up to 35 years old will adore. I worked within the company and know things from inside. This model will tear.

  • Guest

    I can say, that once again BMW did what it should. He made a masterpiece, a diamond for the road. Watch as we all imagine, the evolution of the series 2 Active Tourer, from the beginning of the design and presentation of, up to its current presence in the world. The car, this vehicle will hit the market, with very large sales rates and will give the BMW dynamic that has to give at that level and I think address in younger audiences. It is a very pretty car with the typical characteristics of BMW, dual grilles on the front line in maca lateral side of the bodywork that gives it a speed. The L-shaped rear lights emphasize the width of the rear section, with a positive influence to the consolidation and stability of the car. I worked within the company and know things from inside. This model will tear.

  • villi st.

    I can say, that once again BMW did what it should. He made a masterpiece, a diamond for the road. I watched, as we all imagine the evolution of Active 2 Tourer series codenamed F46, from the beginning of the design and presentation of the up and the current presence of worldwide. This vehicle will hit the market, with very large sales rates and will give the BMW dynamic that has to give at that level, and I think you address in younger audiences. It is a very pretty car with the typical characteristics of BMW, dual grilles on the front line in maca lateral side of the bodywork that gives it a speed. The L-shaped rear lights emphasize the width of the rear section, with a positive influence to the consolidation and stability of the car. I worked within the company and know things from inside. This model will tear.

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  • Benggie

    I have to say I have mixed feelings on this car. On one hand, it’s just another niche BMW doesn’t need to be filling. I’m not overly fond of the GT series of the 3 and 5 to begin with. Why do they need this car when they haven’t even given the US a 1 Series hatchback? Why not make this car the GT version of the 1 or 2 Series seeing as the GT line is made for practicality? On the other hand, it could be a hit; a practical MPV with BMW quality and design. I get that they’re trying to appeal to a younger audience, maybe this will work. I wouldn’t exactly go down the hatchback path, seeing as Mercedes has really gotten off with their CLA. Maybe BMW should follow that lead. Just my thoughts

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  • sizing

    Was having trouble visualizing the size. In some photos it looks minivan sized, but in others, like with the guy opening the boot with his foot, it looks tiny.

    So apparently, it’s exterior dimensions are nearly identical to the Mini Countryman except for length. The AT is 9 inches longer than the Countryman. Height and width difference are <0.5".

    Hope that helps others with size reference. Think Countryman with more trunk space.

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