BMW 2-series Active Tourer gets plug-in hybrid in 2015

Published: 13 November 2014

It’s all change in BMW world on various levels. The 2-series Active Tourer is the first front-wheel drive BMW. The brand’s first MPV, too. And in 2015, it’ll join the ranks of BMW’s burgeoning plug-in hybrid set.

The technology will be shared with the next X1 - and what’s unusual about Munich’s solution is that it powers the rear wheels.

Yes, that’s right: the 2015 BMW 2-series Active Tourer eDrive will be four-wheel drive.

The plug-in hybrid story

While almost all rival hybrids drive the front wheels, BMW’s eDrive concept connects to the rear wheels via a 102bhp/184lb ft electric motor.

According to sources from within Munich’s corridors of R&D, this application offers distinct traction and weight distribution benefits, along with four-wheel torque vectoring.

Decoded: the new BMW people carrier will be quicker and sharper driving, as well as cleaner. And four-wheel drive may well tempt away buyers of regular SUVs to try this taller-riding BMW.

BMW initially showed the Active Tourer as a concept car powered by a plug-in hybrid unit (third picture in our gallery). BMW quoted 113mpg and 60g/km CO2 emissions, although these numbers will be diluted for production, we expect.

A lithium ion battery packs offers a zero-emissions EV range of up to 20 miles, while the 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine takes over when the battery is depleted.

When can I buy a plug-in hybrid 2-series Active Tourer?

See the car at a motor show in 2015, with sales slated for later next year. The same tech will spread to the 2-series Grand Tourer, the longer-wheelbase seven-seater coming in summer 2015.

By Georg Kacher

European editor, secrets uncoverer, futurist, first man behind any wheel

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