In Spring of 2014, BMW will unveil the production version of its Active Tourer concept.
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.
Source: Top Gear UK