The German manufacturer is entering the premium compact car market with the launch of the 2 Series Active Tourer, a new range aimed at combining comfort and functionality with dynamics and elegance. The new BMW models will compete mainly with those in the Mercedes B Class.
The new BMW 218d Active Tourer and 225i Active Tourer. Photo:AFP
The driver and passenger are seated slightly higher than they would be in a typical sedan, offering a panoramic view and easier entry. The sliding rear seat enables more flexible seating, allowing passengers to increase either their legroom or the storage space in the luggage compartment. Another element to improve passenger comfort: all of those aboard can take advantage of the online services of the BMW ConnectedDrive system.
Under the hood, the 2 Series Active Tourer will be offered with a choice of three next-generation engines, all of which are equipped with the BMW TwinPower Turbo technology and in line with the Euro 6 emissions standard. The BMW 218i Active Tourer is powered by a three-cylinder fuel engine with 136hp and has a fuel consumption rate of between 4.9 and 5.2l/100km (CO2 emissions: 115-120g/km). The top-of-the-range BMW 225i Active Tourer has a four-cylinder fuel engine with 231hp, allowing it to accelerate from 0 to 100km/h in 6.6s and to hit a top speed of 240km/h. The model's fuel consumption is listed at between 5.8 and 6l/100km (CO2 emissions: 135-139g/km). Between the two, the BMW 218d Active Tourer is equipped with a four-cylinder diesel engine with 150hp.
A choice of five trim packages will be available on the 2 Series Active Tourer. Among the standard features included all around are a Bluetooth interface for hands-free phone use, the BMW iDrive control system with its central control screen, a rain sensor and automatic headlight activation, a leather-covered sports steering wheel, a smart emergency contact system and collision warnings.
The trim packages offer additional extras including two-zone automatic temperature control, rear parking radars, fog lamps, cruise control with braking and a multifunction steering wheel.
The BMW 2 Series Active Tourer range will go on sale in Germany from September. The new model will go on display at the Paris Motor Show in October, two years after the premiere of the BMW Active Tourer Concept that inspired it.