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