BMW Presents the 2 Series Active Tourer - A Front Wheel Drive BMW

by Mark Jurista on February 14, 2014, 9:10 am
BMW 2 Series Active Tourer

The arrival of the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer (fuel consumption combined: 6.04.1 litres per 100 km [4768.9 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions: 139109 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.

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.



Dynamism und functionality of space brought together in classic BMW fashion.

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. 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.



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.

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)*.

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.

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.

Check out the 2 Series Active Tourer photo comparison here!
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28 responses to BMW Presents the 2 Series Active Tourer - A Front Wheel Drive BMW

Chris90 commented:
February 14, 2014, 9:28 am

I made a thread already but I hope the M Sport improves on the look, it's too bulbous and jacked up like an SUV. I doubt the M division can do much to fix that, but I don't think any of those pics are of the M Sport.

Since it seems to have all the features of an F30, besides rear drive, it might be expensive, like $30k for a 1.5L and $36k for a 2.0L.
German Expat commented:
February 14, 2014, 9:57 am

I am curious when they will bring out the plug in hybrid. Didn't read anything about it.
AJPITT commented:
February 14, 2014, 12:06 pm

I thought the FWD BMW was going to become the 1 series; which would also make sense since it has 4 doors and that would match the new naming convention of coupes as even numbers and sedans as odd numbers. What is the 1 series destined to be?
Chris90 commented:
February 14, 2014, 1:10 pm

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Originally Posted by AJPITT View Post
I thought the FWD BMW was going to become the 1 series; which would also make sense since it has 4 doors and that would match the new naming convention of coupes as even numbers and sedans as odd numbers. What is the 1 series destined to be?
It's a 5 door hatch, like the 2 series Gran Coupe.
After Hours commented:
February 14, 2014, 7:28 pm

Does anyone know--does the Active Tourer share a platform with one of the Minis--such as the Countryman?
piredon commented:
February 14, 2014, 8:45 pm

Isn't this what the Mini brand is for? Small FWD/AWD cars? Seems like brand dilution to me...
MMME30W commented:
February 14, 2014, 8:55 pm

No -- Thanks.
iamthewalrus commented:
February 14, 2014, 10:13 pm

First, the numbering is really confusing. I don't understand why this 4-door hatchback isn't a one series. But then x20, x28, and x35 stopped corresponding to engine displacement a long time ago. Now the first number is also kind of arbitrary. But that's not the important part.

A FWD BMW was inevitable, so I'm not particularly worked up about it. Rear-wheel drive cars with longitudinally mounted engines are really long. Comparing my X3 side-by-side with a friend's Tiguan is striking. The hood of the X3 is really long in able to fit that inline six cylinder mounted front to back. The Tiguan can have the same power and same interior space in a smaller package that's easier to park and maneuver in cities. Let's face it, lawyers, bankers, software engineers and professionals that can afford a BMW are increasingly living in cities. You may retire to the mountains and buy an X5, but during your working years, you live in a city.

The last 1 series in the US was a 2+2 coupe. When compared side-by-side with a VW GTI, it handled better, was roughly the same length, but the back seat was a joke. Fitting in that inline six engine simply chewed up too much of the overall package. Sure, some people could afford a two-seater coupe, but many more people can only afford one car and the VW GTI / Audi A3 got those sales.

Today's 3 series is as large as a 1990s 5 series. The 5-series is as large as an old 7. The 7 is a limousine, etc. But parking spaces, garages, streets, and highways haven't actually gotten any larger. BMW needed to find a way to address urban consumers and compete with the likes of the A3 and GTI. I've owned a series of front-wheel, rear-wheel, and all-wheel drive cars, and in my experience you can make a very sporty, fun front-wheel drive car. My 2006 Mini CooperS convertible (manual, sports package) was an absolute blast to drive. This isn't the end of the world for BMW, though I'm sure the purists are shell-shocked.

-James
Seattle, WA
2006 BMW X3 3.0i (manual, m-sport, xenons, PDC, cold weather)
miko_10 commented:
February 15, 2014, 7:45 am

They built the 4GC and I think it looks like a work of art except its a bit too big in proportions. Fine I get that they have to build cars that can compete with other segments and bow down to fuel efficiency-electric power steering etc, yeah sure. But for BMW to build a car that looks as hideous as this just makes my eyes hurt. For a company that touted The Ultimate Driving Machine to put a product that looks like this is just ridiculous and embarrassing. It's frustrating to see BMW build every segment except for the grand coupe version of the 2series. I guess it's too much to ask for a E46esque sized 4 door.
iamthewalrus commented:
February 15, 2014, 10:42 am

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Originally Posted by miko_10 View Post
...For a company that touted The Ultimate Driving Machine to put a product...
BMW dropped the "Ultimate Driving Machine" as their tag line a few years ago. Newer BMWs feel like ultimate techno-gadget machines. Adaptive cruise control, adaptive suspension, blind spot detection, BMW Apps, etc. all seem a bit much. It's particularly frustrating when consumers have complaints about such basic things as the steering and BMW is dropping manual transmissions from most of its offerings (328xi, X1, X3, etc.). Feels like they've lost the plot in order to compete with VW/Audi at scale.
Bruce128iC commented:
February 15, 2014, 12:15 pm

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Originally Posted by iamthewalrus View Post
BMW dropped the "Ultimate Driving Machine" as their tag line a few years ago. Newer BMWs feel like ultimate techno-gadget machines. Adaptive cruise control, adaptive suspension, blind spot detection, BMW Apps, etc. all seem a bit much. It's particularly frustrating when consumers have complaints about such basic things as the steering and BMW is dropping manual transmissions from most of its offerings (328xi, X1, X3, etc.). Feels like they've lost the plot in order to compete with VW/Audi at scale.
Great post and very true!
Chris90 commented:
February 15, 2014, 6:19 pm

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Originally Posted by iamthewalrus View Post
in my experience you can make a very sporty, fun front-wheel drive car. My 2006 Mini CooperS convertible (manual, sports package) was an absolute blast to drive. This isn't the end of the world for BMW, though I'm sure the purists are shell-shocked.
Good post, and I agree. On my list of most fun cars I've ever driven, there are a couple front drivers (Integra Type R & 1st gen Cooper S). There aren't any 328i premium package cars on that list, rear drive or otherwise. I've driven a lot of boring rear drive sports sedans in fact.
BentZero commented:
February 15, 2014, 9:31 pm

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Originally Posted by miko_10 View Post
They built the 4GC and I think it looks like a work of art except its a bit too big in proportions. Fine I get that they have to build cars that can compete with other segments and bow down to fuel efficiency-electric power steering etc, yeah sure. But for BMW to build a car that looks as hideous as this just makes my eyes hurt. For a company that touted The Ultimate Driving Machine to put a product that looks like this is just ridiculous and embarrassing. It's frustrating to see BMW build every segment except for the grand coupe version of the 2series. I guess it's too much to ask for a E46esque sized 4 door.
I know how you feel man. I've finally reached the point where I feel like I can splurge on a BMW and now they don't make the ultimate driving machine that I've been lusting after. I'm hoping that they will make a 2GC or a remodeled 1 series, but as it stands today I'm probably going to go elsewhere. Golf R, S3 (if they make a manual), or WRX if I can get over the bland looks of those cars. Actually, the S3 looks really good. I really want a turbo rwd car though.
Shades commented:
February 15, 2014, 11:07 pm

They had one at the Toronto Auto Show,it is just as ugly in person as these pictures.Why would they associate this with the 2 series coupe which looks fantastic?
SilverX3 commented:
February 15, 2014, 11:12 pm

They need to sack that greek designer

Then hire hyundai designer
CitizenOfDreams commented:
February 15, 2014, 11:42 pm

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Originally Posted by iamthewalrus View Post
Today's 3 series is as large as a 1990s 5 series. The 5-series is as large as an old 7. The 7 is a limousine, etc.
And it's a good thing. Somebody has to make big cars.

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But parking spaces, garages, streets, and highways haven't actually gotten any larger.
And neither have cars. A modern full size car is no larger than a 1960s full size car.

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BMW needed to find a way to address urban consumers
Urban consumers need to stop and think what they are doing. If they keep buying smaller cars, their streets and parking spaces will keep getting tighter.
goldenbb commented:
February 16, 2014, 12:42 am

I don't mean to grouse, but why does BMW think that offering a Hyundai is somehow a bright business move? What can BMW bring to the compact market that Honda and Toyota have not already done to death? I guess people who buy FWD Volvo compacts might buy these.
BentZero commented:
February 16, 2014, 1:14 am

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Originally Posted by goldenbb View Post
I don't mean to grouse, but why does BMW think that offering a Hyundai is somehow a bright business move? What can BMW bring to the compact market that Honda and Toyota have not already done to death? I guess people who buy FWD Volvo compacts might buy these.
One word: Roundel
BentZero commented:
February 16, 2014, 1:25 am

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Originally Posted by Shades View Post
They had one at the Toronto Auto Show,it is just as ugly in person as these pictures.Why would they associate this with the 2 series coupe which looks fantastic?
Yeah, I don't get this either. First they were adamant about the number designation equating to body style and then they do things like the 4GC and the 2 Active Torturer of eyes. It appears that the designations are about price. There'd be nothing wrong with that if they would admit it. Instead, they try to feed their customers a line and expect people to gullible enough to believe it.
Chris90 commented:
February 16, 2014, 6:58 am

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Originally Posted by BentZero View Post
I know how you feel man. I've finally reached the point where I feel like I can splurge on a BMW and now they don't make the ultimate driving machine that I've been lusting after. I'm hoping that they will make a 2GC or a remodeled 1 series, but as it stands today I'm probably going to go elsewhere. Golf R, S3 (if they make a manual), or WRX if I can get over the bland looks of those cars. Actually, the S3 looks really good. I really want a turbo rwd car though.
EVO magazine gave the S3 3 stars, typical fast, lifeless and uninvolving Audi.

BMW has a year to make a 2GC or I'm buying a Golf R.
need4speed commented:
February 16, 2014, 11:22 am

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Originally Posted by goldenbb View Post
I don't mean to grouse, but why does BMW think that offering a Hyundai is somehow a bright business move? What can BMW bring to the compact market that Honda and Toyota have not already done to death? I guess people who buy FWD Volvo compacts might buy these.
This is how I feel about most new BMW offerings. If they are going to turn them into just another souless appliance like a Honda/Toyota/Lexus why buy a BMW. I will save myself 20 grand and get better reliability. BMW has no chance to out Toyota a Toyota. N4S
dogbolter commented:
February 16, 2014, 11:27 am

I can see why this will be a big hit, (in Europe at least). These MPVs (minivans) are all the rage in Europe. So it will definitely appeal to that market.
Chris90 commented:
February 16, 2014, 11:54 am

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Originally Posted by need4speed View Post
This is how I feel about most new BMW offerings. If they are going to turn them into just another souless appliance like a Honda/Toyota/Lexus why buy a BMW. I will save myself 20 grand and get better reliability. BMW has no chance to out Toyota a Toyota. N4S
This is kind of how I feel about the new 3/4 series. Why pay so much for Toyota steering and Lexus handling?
Bruce128iC commented:
February 16, 2014, 12:46 pm

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Originally Posted by Chris90 View Post
This is kind of how I feel about the new 3/4 series. Why pay so much for Toyota steering and Lexus handling?
Already answered in post 19.
iamthewalrus commented:
February 16, 2014, 8:37 pm

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Originally Posted by CitizenOfDreams View Post
And it's a good thing. Somebody has to make big cars.



And neither have cars. A modern full size car is no larger than a 1960s full size car.



Urban consumers need to stop and think what they are doing. If they keep buying smaller cars, their streets and parking spaces will keep getting tighter.
The difference is that in 1960, there were only 60million cars on the road in the US. In 2011, it's up to 192 million, more than 3x! The world has changed. With this many cars on the road, we can't possibly drive the types of cars that were popular in the 1960s.

http://www.rita.dot.gov/bts/sites/ri...ble_01_11.html

The US has fundamentally changed since then. By the time my parents were my 30, they were living in the suburbs with two cars and two children. I live in a highrise condo in the middle of Seattle, walk to work, and drive my X3 only on weekends. Many of my affluent, tech-worker friends, have chosen not to have cars at all. Don't get me wrong, I really enjoy driving my BMW X3 (manual, m-sport, xenons, etc.), but I am incredibly privileged to be able to walk to work and not need my car on a regular basis.

-James
Seattle, WA
miko_10 commented:
February 17, 2014, 7:38 am

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Originally Posted by BentZero View Post
I know how you feel man. I've finally reached the point where I feel like I can splurge on a BMW and now they don't make the ultimate driving machine that I've been lusting after. I'm hoping that they will make a 2GC or a remodeled 1 series, but as it stands today I'm probably going to go elsewhere. Golf R, S3 (if they make a manual), or WRX if I can get over the bland looks of those cars. Actually, the S3 looks really good. I really want a turbo rwd car though.
I've been looking at youtube reviews of the WRX and it looks promising, not sure how I feel about the styling but what caught my attention was that they are using the 911 as a benchmark, only good things can come out of that. I'd like to stay in the BMW family in the future but at this point, with the direction they are going, it's really hard.
Chris90 commented:
February 19, 2014, 11:19 am

Was hoping the M Sport version would look better. Oh well.

Still not clear if the US is getting this car. I'd still take a Golf R for probably the same money.



CitizenOfDreams commented:
February 19, 2014, 11:42 am

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Originally Posted by iamthewalrus View Post
The difference is that in 1960, there were only 60million cars on the road in the US. In 2011, it's up to 192 million, more than 3x! The world has changed. With this many cars on the road, we can't possibly drive the types of cars that were popular in the 1960s.
Well, maybe we should do something about it. Curb the population growth and urbanization. Give a man some space, not just a rented cell in a high-rise human anthill and a bumper-to-bumper traffic on the way to his cubicle.