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New 2-series Active Tourer to become the first in a new range of 15 front-wheel-drive models from BMW and Mini
Darren Moss
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13 February 2014

BMW is planning a range of 30 rear-drive and 15 front-drive cars, according to company development boss Herbert Diess.

Talking to industry journal Automotive News Europe, Diess said the upcoming 2-series Active Tourer was the only BMW-badged front-drive model so far committed to production. However, the plan for 15 front-drive cars suggests that, as well as several Mini variants, at least five will be BMW-badged.

The 2-series Active Tourer is likely to go on sale over the summer in five-seat guise, with a seven-seat version also arriving before the end of the year. A reveal at the Geneva motor show next month is expected.

BMW sources have told Autocar the shift to using a front-wheel-drive architecture in the Active Tourer hasn't meant compromises, saying "it has been designed with dynamism and athleticism in mind. It is still a BMW".

BMW is likely to use a three-cylinder turbocharged engine to power the bulk of the range. A more potent four-cylinder 235i model is also tipped to be offered, complete with around 231bhp on tap and a top speed of 146mph.

While Europe is expected to take the bulk of orders for the 2-series Active Tourer, interest in the model is also reportedly strong in Asia and the US.

Diess also revealed that BMW was shifting to a twin-architecture future, in which the company will use single, very flexible rear-drive components set alongside the UKL1 front-drive platform. The majority of the future engine line-up is also based on the same layout of 500cc per cylinder.

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david RS 13 February 2014

RIP BMW and M...

RIP BMW and M...
Overdrive 13 February 2014

Curious....

david RS wrote:

RIP BMW and M...

How many times have you posted the exact same comment (or words to the same effect) on here?

artill 14 February 2014

Overdrive wrote:david RS

Overdrive wrote:
david RS wrote:

RIP BMW and M...

How many times have you posted the exact same comment (or words to the same effect) on here?

Doesnt make him wrong

Overdrive 14 February 2014

artill wrote:Overdrive

artill wrote:
Overdrive wrote:
david RS wrote:

RIP BMW and M...

How many times have you posted the exact same comment (or words to the same effect) on here?

Doesnt make him wrong

Well, he's been saying it for some time now, and so far hasn't been right, has he?

artill 13 February 2014

I suspect a lot of this

I suspect a lot of this diversification is due to the silly EU rules on CO2.

We all know that a BMW should come with a straight 6 petrol engine, but how would they get their cars down to the 95g/km average required by 2020 sticking to that!

To be able to still make big powerful consumptive cars you now have to sell a huge number of dull things to get the average down.

Will86 13 February 2014

Quality

BMW is about more than just the badge, there remains an underlying quality in their cars. Just open the bonnet and look around - things are much more organised than say in a mainstream Ford and the quality of the body work and paint, at least in my experience of Dad's previous and current generation 3 series', is very good. I've also had wheel balancing issues on every Focus I've had, but Dad has never had an issue in nearly 4 years of 3 series driving. That is not to say BMWs are always worth the money, some options are stupidly expensive, but choose carefully, particularly at the lower end of the 3 or 5 series range and you get a good quality car for surprisingly little extra over a model from a non-premium brand after some haggling.

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