BMW 2 Series Plug-In Hybrid Coming Soon


In Spring of 2014, BMW will unveil the production version of its Active Tourer concept.

Active Tourer

Active Tourer

BMW has decided that the Active Tourer is deserving of the 2 Series name, which goes against the automaker’s naming convention in several ways.

BMW uses typically even numbers (2, 4, 6, etc.) for coupes and convertibles only (unless there’s an X in front of the number, then BMW does what it please in terms of doors and how it names the vehicle).

Secondly, the 2 Series lineup consists of rear-wheel-drive vehicles.  The Active Tourer concept, soon the be called the 2 Series Active Tourer, is a front-wheel-drive automobile.

The fact is that BMW couldn’t find a non-trademarked name to apply to the Active Tourer, so 2 Series it is.

Why should we care?

Firstly, it was believed that the Active Tourer would become a 1 Series, which is a cheaper lineup (it does after all share some mechanical bits with Mini).

Secondly, there will be a plug-in hybrid version of the 2 Series Active Tourer, perhaps coming in early 2015.

Knowing that it’ll be a 2 Series allows us to hone in on price a bit more precisely.  A BMW 2 Series ranges in price from $32,000 to $43,000 with no options added in.  The Active Tourer will likely start nearer to the high side of that range.  The plug-in version will then add at least a few thousand to the price.  So, our guess is that the 2015 2 Series Active Tourer PHEV will start in the mid $40,000 area, or just a couple grand more than a base BEV i3.

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.

We expect to have additional details closer to the launch of the 2 Series Active Tourer PHEV.

Source: Top Gear UK

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—BMW uses typically even numbers (2, 5, 6, etc.) for coupes

Hmm. I think 5 is an odd number.

Actually most of the major cars until this generation were odd numbers (1, 3, 5 and 7). Only recently they added the 2 and 4 series. The only even numbered car was the 6er.

Actually in the 1990s, there was an 8 that was a large coupe and top of the line.

I guess no info on what kind of all electric range to expect?

Yes, drum roll please,,,,,,18 miles has been reported as it’s all electric range.
What are they thinking? Could this possibly be correct?
BMW= Battery Mode, Weep!

According to BMW’s website, 30km (18.6miles). So probably around 13-14 miles EPA, about the same as the Honda Accord PHEV.

That’s pathetic, especially given the price range being discussed for this car.

Ha, it beats the PiP! 🙂

I think we have “London Congestion Charge” to thank for these low mile PHEVs.

If you look at the UK price jump from Prius to PiP, it must be the most expensive price / kWh by far today.

you can see charts of $/kwh at and the “compare” tab. Bottom chart.

Hmmm … Sorry, but I disagree with your chart. A BMW i8 is more than just a battery. I do not think it is useful to divide the total car price by battery capacity.

On the other hand, Tesla charges about $8000 more if you select a 85kWh instead of 60kWh. That means the upgrade is about $300/kWh.

By comparison, in the USA Toyota charges about $4200 more for PiP than a similarly equipped Prius. Since the upgrade gets you about 3kWh, I figure that as approx $1400/kWh in the USA, and it is ever higher in the UK.

Some people might counter that the PiP qualifies for a $2500 incentive, which is true, but IMHO that is no reason for Toyota to inflate the price. In this website there have been multiple comments that BMW might be holding back some of the i3 incentive money, and Toyota deserves similar derision.