The new BMW 2-series Active Tourer MPV has been spotted winter testing near the Arctic Circle.
Although still camouflaged, this test mule gives us a good view of the shape of the new model, which will become the first front-wheel drive BMW in the company's history. A 225i five-seat variant has also been caught undisguised during an official photoshoot.
The car is likely to go on sale in the coming months as a five-seat model, with the seven-seat version also going on sale by the end of this year. Its styling remains true to the Active Tourer concept seen in Tokyo in 2013. The model has been testing in the UK alongside the i8 electric sports car, 4-series Gran Coupé and M4.
A BMW insider told Autocar this would be "the most functional BMW ever" and that choosing a front-wheel-drive format didn't mean compromises. "It's clearly a premium product," he said "and it has been designed with dynamism and athleticism in mind. It is still a BMW."
While much of the engine lineup is still unknown, sources suggest BMW could utilise a three-cylinder turbocharged unit to power some of the range. In additon, the 235i model will use a 231bhp unit, which should allow it to reach 62mph in 6.9 seconds, with a top speed of 146mph. CO2 emissions should be less than 140g/km, while the car should return more than 39.2mpg.