BMW 2 Series Active Tourer Image Leaks Out – PHEV Version Expected to Launch in 2015

9 months ago by Eric Loveday 21

BMW 2 Series Active Tourer

BMW 2 Series Active Tourer

The first image (and now more courtesy of BMW who responded to the leaked image by releasing its own official photos) of the actual BMW 2 Series Active Tourer, which will soon be available in a plug-in hybrid version, has hit the Internet.

BMW Concept Active Tourer

BMW Concept Active Tourer

Courtesy of BMW Blog, we bring you this first image of the 2 Series Active Tourer.

Note how similar the 2 Series Active Tourer (above) is to the Concept Active Tourer (right).

The front-wheel-drive 2 Series Active Tourer will launch later this year.  The plug-in hybrid version will follow, perhaps as early as mid-2015.

Here’s what to expect of the PHEV 2 Series Active Tourer:

  • Plug in version will likely feature a a 1.5-liter three-cylinder turbocharged (borrowed from the BMW i8) engine with a “high-performance” electric motor (likely borrowed from the BMW i3) and a lithium-ion battery.
  • This setup will crank out somewhere in the neighborhood of 190 hp, which will propel the production vehicle from 0 to 60 mph in less than 8 seconds.
  • Top speed will be approximately 125 mph.
  • Electric-only range will likely be ~13 in EPA ratings

Additional details are expected to be released closer to the launch of the 2 Series Active Tourer PHEV.

BMW Didn't Like That the 2 Series Active Tourer Leaked Out, So It Released Its Own Photos

BMW Didn’t Like That the 2 Series Active Tourer Leaked Out, So It Released Its Own Photos

Source: BMW Blog

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21 responses to "BMW 2 Series Active Tourer Image Leaks Out – PHEV Version Expected to Launch in 2015"

  1. Aaron says:

    Is this BMW’s answer to the Mercedes B-Class? Really looks similar.

  2. MDEV says:

    Way better design than MB. The Mercedes is ugly big time.

    1. ELROY says:

      Kind of wish that the i3 looked like this instead. Not as weird looking at least.

  3. David Murray says:

    Meh..

  4. offib says:

    Whoa! Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa! Front wheel drive? And everyone rants and squabbles pathetically that the i3 is not a real BMW? The world these days…

    1. Ted Fredrick says:

      I will try to never buy front wheel drive again. The torque steer on my FFE is huge

  5. DaveMart says:

    ‘Electric-only range will likely be ~13 in EPA ratings’

    What does that mean?
    13 miles of electric range if measured on the EPA I assume.

    Most PHEV cars in Germany are being made with 50km of EV range, which comes out to around 30 miles, admittedly on the more lenient NEDC cycle, perhaps 22-25 miles on the EPA, so how come this is thought likely to have such a low range, and how is this figure arrived at?

  6. KEVIN says:

    13 miles is just to short.

    I like all the “press release cars ” too
    seems to me there is a contest on who has the most EV “press release cars”

    how many at last count? Audi ? 3 to 5
    and all these other car co’s claiming they will have this o that EV or PHEV in 2015 or 2016 or 2017 or 2018
    MB VW ?
    anyone have a tally?

    1. DaveMart says:

      VW/Audi have just spent billions developing 4 new platforms capable of using multiple drive trains, including PHEV and BEV, and enabling economic short production runs of the variants.

      It seems reasonable that they now intend to use them.

  7. KEVIN says:

    Soon they will be reporting “future sales” of “press release cars”

    1. Disappointed says:

      Worse,,,,,,,,,,,,Tomorrow, expect BMW to announce that the car has enjoyed such excited demand that it is, “Sold out!”

  8. vdiv says:

    A FWD BMW… Looks like Audi has won! ;)
    I’d take that eGolf, pls.

  9. James says:

    You KNOW this thing would MSRP north of $45,000 U.S…..

    All you BMW fans look to 13 miles AER….Wooosh…. no sale!
    OK, so you have a top speed that’ll keep you from being run over on the
    Autobahn, so what good does that do you in the USA?

    It’s Front Wheel Drive, and has very minimal storage behind the rear seats,
    and no promise, without more photos, of three-across seating in back.

    Will anybody give the Chevrolet Volt any kudos now? Or will we hear all sorts
    of excuses and maybes from all who believe BEE EMM Double U spells:
    GREAT CAR – just because of the propeller logo on the hood?

    1. James says:

      Gonna hold my breath, save my money and wait anxiously until 2015 for
      this one – NOTTTTT!

  10. Tim says:

    Yet another awful hatchback. How can the company that showed us the Active E, a good looking car that fit nicely in the BMW styling family, turn around and create such ugly things?

  11. pjwood says:

    13 miles, probably when cold outside.

    ..tested an A6 3.0 TDI today, as part of Audi’s promotion giving customers a $75 card. Holy Engine-HUM, Batman. I responded that the interior and dreamy Q infotainment would be awesome in a 20kwh PHEV. –not happening. Me, shop for 9kwh? –not happening.

    $61K for not even an A7, or A8, and that’s before the fuel bills.

  12. EV says:

    oh look another UGLY “Electric” car

    smh

    why why WHY does everything have to be so UGLY! Make it stop!

  13. Glim1000 says:

    BMW released the Active tourer website and press release last Friday.

    Yes this is BMW’s answer to the Merc B series.

    http://www.bmw.com/com/en/newvehicles/2series/active_tourer/2014/keep_informed/design/index.html

  14. Ziv says:

    There is a niche for this car, but at the likely price and given the short electric range…
    I would rather have a Ford Fusion Energi.