BMW reveals new five-seat people-carrier

  • New Active Tourer is the second member of the 2 Series family
  • Available with two engine choices - one petrol and one diesel
  • Set to be officially unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show next month

BMW has revealed a first look at its new 2 Series Active Tourer, introducing a front-wheel-drive compact people carrier with five seats to its range for the very first time.

Following on from the coupe, the Active Tourer is the second member of the new BMW 2 Series family.

Aimed to appeal to those user choosers who are after a little extra practicality over the current 1 Series, the Active Tourer will be available with two engine choices, one petrol and one diesel.

Carbon dioxide emissions for the 218d diesel engine start provisionally at 109g/km with an official combined figure of 68.9mpg meaning the new BMW has the potential for very low running costs. This has not impinged on performance either with 147bhp available and a 0-62mph time of 8.9 seconds.

The petrol option, the 218i SE boasts CO2 emissions of 115g/km (provisional) and an official fuel consumption figure of 57.6mpg. Although with 134bhp it is slightly less powerful than the diesel, 0-62mph is still achieved in 9.3 seconds accompanied by a top speed of 124mph.

A six-speed automatic transmission will be available as an option for both engines.

Only slightly longer than the 1 Series, the new 2 Series Active Tourer is 1,800mm wide and 1,555mm in height. As a result interior space is expected to be pretty generous, while boot volume is 468 litres, expanding to 1,510 litres with the seats folded flat. An electrically opening tailgate is also available and there are extra storage compartments under the boot floor.

The new 2 Series Active Tourer will be available in three trims, Sport, Luxury and M Sport.

Set to be officially unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show next month, the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer arrives in the UK in September 2014 and will start from less than £23,000 on-the-road.

More details are expected to be revealed over the next few weeks.

In November further engine options will be added to the range including a higher-power petrol engine which will go on sale with BMW's xDrive four-wheel drive system alongside a new eight-speed automatic transmission.

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