BMW’s first FWD car

All-new 2-series Active Tourer targets Mercedes-Benz B-class for interior functionality

Can this really be true?

Welcome to BMW’s first front-wheel-drive car: the 2-series Active Tourer, first previewed in a concept car last year and evolving basically unchanged.

The Active Tourer heralds BMW’s push into making more cost-effective mainstream cars and uses the new, flexible platform first introduced in the third-generation Mini.

By sitting on a 2,670mm wheelbase, the Active Tourer is a hatchback-cum-MPV for the premium C-segment and targets the Mercedes-Benz B-class.

How functional is it?

With a 1,555mm height, the Active Tourer is claimed to have more than enough headroom for most. The rear seats can slide to adjust legroom space and fold in three parts to triple boot space to 1,510 litres in maximum form.

It might look familiar up front, but the steering wheel and gear lever are some new design elements for BMW.

Does it get a three-pot engine?

Yes, on the entry-level front for the 218i. The three-cylinder petrol-turbo engine is the same one used in the Mini and i8 plug-in hybrid. For the Active Tourer, this unit produces 136hp and is capable of some 20kpl when specified with a six-speed automatic.

The other two variants announced initially include the 150hp 218d diesel and 231hp 225i petrol, both equipped with 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder motors and eight-speed automatic.

Will BMW really sell it in Thailand?

We hear they will, although our sources haven’t really sounded so enthusiastic about the Active Tourer.

It’s not that BMW has been greatly known for their rear-wheel-drive cars but for the suggestion that the Active Tourer might sound a little like an old man’s car.

That’s why the B-class from its arch-rival can hardly be seen on Thai roads. Even so, expect the Active Tourer to be priced below 2.5 million baht if BMW wants to settle the score with Mercedes when sales start in the last quarter of this year.

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Writer: Richard Leu
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