BMW has confirmed that its 2 Series Active Tourer will be the first model fitted with front-wheel drive across the brand.The model will launch with a choice of two engines, the first of which is the BMW 218i all new three-cylinder petrol engine. Equipped with BMW Twinpower technology, it does the zero to 62mph sprint in 9.3 seconds and will go on to a top speed of 124mph.
It is frugal too as it has a claimed average fuel economy of 57.6mpg and emits 115g/km of CO2.
The second engine available is the BMW 218d. Competitive for efficiency, returning around 68.9mpg and emits just 109g/km of CO2.
A six-speed manual gearbox comes as standard on the BMW 218i Active Tourer with the option of a new six-speed automatic gearbox.
The model is compact and practical; its dimensions are 4,342mm long, 1,800mm wide and 1,555mm high.
The BMW 2 Series Active Tourer also has a versatile luggage compartment. With the rear bench in place the boot has a capacity of 468 litres and this can be expanded to 1,510 by lowering the rear seats.
There is an added bonus for tall passengers as the rear bench can be pushed backwards and forwards with ease as it is set on rails.
Its appearance is sporty with a low-rise double kidney grille positioned lower than the headlights, usually only found on coupe models.
Four trims are available, starting with the entry-level SE and going up the grades from Sport to Luxury and right up to the flagship trim, M Sport.
The M Sport has an aerodynamics package with M sport suspension and 18-inch M-light alloy wheels.
There are new bi-LED lights which equal xenon systems with LED daytime light rings, while being more energy efficient.
A new pedestrian warning with city braking function is installed to detect if pedestrians are too close. It will signal the driver, prime the brakes and reduce speed if the driver doesn’t respond.