BMW is breaking two long-held taboos with the 2-series Active Tourer: The car is the brand's first minivan and first front-wheel-drive model of its modern era. BMW says the compact hatchback retains the brand's sporty driving dynamics while offering lots of interior space, easy access and a higher seating position for front occupants.
BMW's taboo-breaker, the 2-series Active Tourer
The car is the first premium compact to offer a color head-up display, BMW says. Information is shown on a screen that extends out between the steering wheel and windshield.
Along with the i8 sports car, the 2-series Active Tourer debuts BMW's three-cylinder gasoline engine, a 136-hp, 1.5-liter unit that's also available in Mini models. A four-cylinder gasoline and a four-cylinder diesel also will be offered.
Europe is likely to account for 40 percent of sales and China about 15 percent, BMW says.
Young families, outdoor enthusiasts, who need space to transport equipment.
BMW offers a kick-activated tailgate seen on the Ford Kuga SUV, so owners won't have to search for their key to gain access to the back if they are weighed down with shopping bags.
The 2-series Active Tourer is only marginally longer than the 1 series at 4342mm in length but its luggage compartment capacity, which can be enlarged to 1,510 liters from 468 liters, has enough space for golf clubs, camping gear and groceries while comfortably transporting four or five people.
Launch date: September (Europe); January (China); U.S. launch date not decided.
Base price: 27,200 euros (Germany)
Main rivals: Mercedes B class, VW Golf SportsVan, Ford C-Max
Where built: Leipzig, Germany
Lowest CO2 emissions: 115g/km
For BMW purists who love the slick performance of rear-wheel-drive cars, the model will no doubt be hard to stomach. Four-wheel drive and M-line performance versions will launch after the fwd model. A seven-seater variant and a plug-in hybrid are also planned.
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The automaker estimates that about three out of every four 2-series Active Tourers will be sold to customers who have never before owned a BMW.