BMW 2-series Active Tourer unveiled

BMW 2-series Active Tourer unveiled

BMW has steered away from tradition with the launch of a front-wheel-drive people carrier.

Called the 2-series Active Tourer, it represents a bold move by the German automaker towards a more practical future.

In many ways the newcomer is similar to the Mercedes B-class - its direct rival in this premium small MPV sector. It measures 4.4 metres long and 1.6 metres tall, providing plenty of cabin room and a spacious 468-litre boot.

Under the hood, meanwhile, is a brand-busting innovation from the company in the form of a new 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbo petrol engine.

Customers can also choose from a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo that produces 231bhp, propelling the family motor from 0-62mph in just 6.8 seconds, as well as a new 150bhp 2.0-litre diesel, returning 69mpg with emissions of 109g/km.

The BMW 2-series Active Tourer will make its debut at the Geneva motor show at the beginning of March, before arriving in showrooms across the UK in September.

Prices will start from around the £23,000 mark.

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