Following on from the coupé as the second member of the new 2 Series range, the Active Tourer combines dynamism, style, elegance and practicality in a cleverly packaged car.
New lightweight turbocharged engines with three and four cylinders, a comprehensive package of BMW EfficientDynamics measures and the extensive connectivity provided by BMW ConnectedDrive are all elements in a driving experience that allows for sporty performance.
Measuring just 4 342mm long (only marginally longer than a BMW 1 Series), 1 800mm wide and 1 555mm in height, the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer combines compact dimensions on the outside with a spacious feel on the inside, making it perfectly suited to the increasing challenges of urban mobility.
BMW is introducing front-wheel-drive for the first time, but in order to do so and retain the sporty characteristics necessary in every one of its cars, it chose to start with a blank sheet of paper.
The result is a new, state-of-the-art, front-wheel-drive system that balances comfort and agility - both key requirements of customers in the segment but rarely met in other vehicles.
The chassis has been newly developed, with a long wheelbase and wide track, reduced-friction steering system, a torsionally very stiff and lightweight body with short overhangs and a low centre of gravity.
At the core of the chassis is the advanced single-joint spring-strut front axle. Lightweight, very stiff and with perfect calibration, it offers excellent directional control, largely torque-steer-free steering and pliancy for excellent ride comfort.
The multi-link rear axle, too, has been newly developed and makes an important contribution to the excellent driving dynamics.
With the optional electronically controlled dampers, the chassis characteristics can be adjusted to different driving situations with a choice of two different settings, making for even further improved ride comfort and driving dynamics. Optional Variable Sports Steering and the introduction of M Sport models from later in 2014 will add to the sporty handling and character of the car.