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2015 BMW 2 Series Active Tourer Puts a Bimmer in a Box

2015 BMW 2 Series Active Tourer Puts a Bimmer in a Box

By Jeff Youngs, February 25, 2014
The 2015 BMW 2 Series Active Tourer is the world's first front-wheel-drive Bimmer--a 5-passenger multi-purpose vehicle that the automaker claims "is able to deliver the degree of driver engagement expected [of a BMW]." Officially debuting at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, the new 2 Series Active Tourer will be offered in multiple global markets; however, BMW has not confirmed that this new model will be available in the United States.

BMW does say that while the 2 Series Active Tourer is constructed on a front-drive platform, it features traditional brand design cues, including short front and rear overhangs, a long wheelbase, kidney-shaped grilles, circular headlamps with LED running lights, L-shaped taillights, and the classic Hofmeister kink in the shape of the side window glass. Three exterior trim upgrades are offered in the form of the chrome-dipped Luxury Line model, the sporty Sport Line model, and the performance-tuned M Sport package, the latter identified by an aerodynamic body kit, lowered suspension, larger wheels and tires, and special Shadowline exterior accents.

These upgrade packages also impact the 2 Series Active Tourer's cabin décor. Luxury Line models feature high-contrast interior highlights, bespoke upholstery, and chrome accents. Sport Line models get special fabric with exposed stitching. The M Sport package adds sport-bolstered seats, lots of metallic trim, and more.

All 2 Series Active Tourer variants feature tall seating positions and, according to the automaker, excellent outward visibility for each of five passengers. BMW also says that this vehicle is easy to get into and out of thanks to the higher seating hip points. In BMW tradition, the center-mounted radio and climate controls are angled toward the driver, and the 2 Series Active Tourer provides plenty of interior storage compartments, including a bin hidden under the rear portion of the cargo floor. The rear seat features a 40/20/40 split, and the front passenger's seat folds flat so that the 2 Series Active Tourer can carry longer items with the tailgate closed.

The vehicle's layered, horizontally oriented interior design can be upgraded with leather seats, a navigation system, premium audio system, head-up display, panoramic sunroof, and a choice between a power tailgate or an automatic tailgate. With the latter, the owner simply waves his or her foot under the rear bumper to open the tailgate, as long as the key is within certain proximity of the vehicle.

BMW ConnectedDrive Services & Apps with Intelligent Emergency Call is offered for the new 2 Series Active Tourer, as well as LED headlights, LED taillights, and a Parking Assistant system that steers the vehicle into a parallel parking space while the driver operates the transmission and pedals. The optional Driving Assistant Plus package features camera-based safety features including Traffic Jam Assistant (Europe only), cruise control with Stop & Go, lane-departure warning, collision warning with City Braking, and pedestrian warning with City Braking. The City Braking function works at speeds up to 37 mph. Additionally, the 2 Series Active Tourer's Driving Assistant Plus package contains Speed Limit Info and a high-beam assistant.

When the 2 Series Active Tourer goes on sale, it will be offered in three variations, depending on the market, with additional models added after the launch. In Europe, the standard model will be the BMW 218i Active Tourer equipped with the same turbocharged, 1.5-liter 3-cylinder engine that is installed in the BMW i8. It generates an estimated 136 horsepower between 4,500 rpm and 6,000 rpm, and 162 lb.-ft. of torque between 1,250 rpm and 4,150 rpm. A 6-speed manual gearbox with a Sport mode and rev matching is standard with this engine. Optionally, drivers can choose a 6-speed automatic transmission. The 218i Active Tourer is expected to accelerate to 60 mph in less than 9.3 seconds, according to BMW.

The version most likely to come to the United States is the BMW 225i Active Tourer with a turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine rated to make an estimated 231 horsepower between 4,750 rpm and 6,000 rpm and 258 lb.-ft. of torque from 1,250 rpm to 4,640 rpm. A 6-speed manual gearbox is standard, with an 8-speed automatic optional. BMW says this version scoots to 60 mph in less than 6.8 seconds on its way to a top speed of 146 mph.

To maximize fuel economy, the BMW 218d Active Tourer is the version to get. It has a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder diesel engine generating approximately 150 horsepower at 4,000 rpm and 243 lb.-ft. of torque between 1,750 rpm and 2,250 rpm. Buyers choose between a 6-speed manual or an 8-speed automatic transmission, and the 218d Active Tourer accelerates to 60 mph in less than 8.9 seconds, according to BMW.

All three versions of the 2 Series Active Tourer are equipped with front-wheel drive, and BMW plans to offer its xDrive all-wheel-drive system with selected powertrains. A Driving Experience Control with Eco Pro, Comfort, and Sport driving modes is standard, and the automatic transmissions are paired with automatic start/stop technology designed to help conserve fuel when the vehicle is idling in traffic or at intersections. The 8-speed automatic transmission is further equipped with coasting and launch control functions.

Fade-resistant brakes with Brake Drying, Brake Standby, and Start-off Assistant are standard for the 2 Series Active Tourer, with some models featuring brake-cooling ducts. Dynamic Stability Control with an Electronic Differential Lock Control is standard, and includes Performance Control, which is designed to reduce the understeer typical of a front-drive vehicle. Dynamic Damper Control and Variable Sports Steering will be available as options.

The new 2015 BMW 2 Series Active Tourer is expected in European showrooms by summer, with additional variants arriving in the fall.

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