BMW’s Europe-only 2 Series Active Tourer will get a larger variant, named the BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer. The longer, more capacious model adds two additional seats to the standard Active Tourer, making it one of the most practical vehicles in BMW’s lineup.
As with the existing BMW 2 Series Active Tourer, the BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer rides on BMW’s front-wheel-drive, UKL platform. The Gran Tourer is 8.5 inches longer than the standard model, with a longer wheelbase and considerably more cargo capacity. With all of the second- and third-row seats folded, the BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer can swallow 67.3 cubic feet of cargo space — 14 more than the Active Tourer.
Engine options for the BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer will mirror those of the Active Tourer. Gasoline options will include the 1.5-liter turbo three-cylinder seen in the base Mini Cooper, here good for 136 hp or up to 192 hp, as well as the 231-hp 2.0-liter turbo-four from the MINI Cooper JCW. Two diesel variants of these engines will also be offered, with 116 hp for the turbo-three and 150 hp for the turbo-four. Both front- and all-wheel drive will be available when the BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer is introduced.
There are rumors of a plug-in hybrid variant in the works, which would be exclusive to the Gran Tourer. It would be based on the turbo-three-powered BMW 220i, with a 102-hp electric motor driving the rear wheels. More evidence for this surfaced just earlier this month; we spied the Mini Countryman plug-in hybrid out testing, which rides on the same platform and employs many of the same engines. The UKL architecture will also underpin the 2016 BMW X1.
European bureau chief Georg Kacher drove the Active Tourer last summer, and remarked how BMW is looking redefine the minivan market with a more premium flair. The BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer could potentially come to the U.S., while the Active Tourer will remain out of our reach. Internal sales forecasts indicate as many as 300,000 Gran Tourers could be sold over its seven-year lifecycle.