What Is It?
2016 BMW 2 Series Active Tourer
What's New About This Model?
This all-new luxury compact crossover is the second member of the BMW 2 Series lineup, but different from the BMW 2 Series Coupe. The 2 Series coupe is a rear-wheel-drive coupe with two doors.
The Active Tourer is a front-wheel-drive crossover with four doors.
When Does It Go on Sale?
BMW said it expects to have the 2016 BMW 2 Series Active Tourer at dealerships sometime in 2016.
How Much Does It Cost?
BMW is not offering a ballpark figure on U.S. pricing for the 2 Series Active Tourer. However, it is likely to be priced under $30,000 or beneath the 2014 BMW X1 crossover, which starts at $31,825, including a $925 destination charge.
How Many Body Styles and Trim Levels Are There?
There is one four-door body style. In Europe, there will be three trim levels offered, but BMW has not said which versions will be sold in the U.S. We expect to see a couple variations of BMW's latest turbocharged four-cylinder engine, as the 2 Series Active Tourer will prioritize utility and efficiency over performance.
What Unique Features Does It Offer?
The BMW 2 Series Active Tourer is said to be the first model in the premium compact class to get an optional head-up display that projects driving information on a screen that extends out between the steering wheel and windshield and helps to cut down on distracted driving. It also features a sliding rear seat and a tailgate with a Smart Opener function that allows it to be opened with the flick of a foot. Other options include a fold-flat passenger seat backrest, a panoramic roof and an M Sport package that gives the crossover a sportier look.
What Kind of Standard and Optional Safety Equipment Is Offered?
The BMW 2 Series Active Tourer is noteworthy for its long list of optional safety equipment, including Collision Warning with City Braking function, Pedestrian Warning with City Braking function and Speed Limit Info. All use camera-based data and are included in the optional Driving Assistant Plus package. The Collision Warning and Pedestrian Warning with City Braking operate between 6 and 37 mph. If the system detects a pedestrian or stationary vehicle, it emits an audible and visible signal to warn the driver and primes the brakes. If the driver fails to react, the system applies the brakes. The Speed Limit Info system identifies speed and passing restrictions on the car's current route and displays the relevant traffic sign symbols in the instrument cluster or head-up display.
What Models Will It Compete Against?
Audi Q3: The Audi Q3 is a formidable German arrival in the growing compact luxury crossover segment in the U.S.
Lexus CT 200h: The Lexus CT 200h stands out in the premium compact segment thanks to its high fuel economy, sporty handling and attractive price.
Mercedes-Benz GLA: Sharp Mercedes-Benz style in a versatile hatchback configuration makes this crossover a winner. The dogfight in this category will be among the German competitors.
Should You Wait for It?
This is a completely new model and unlike anything BMW has sold before. It's bound to generate lots of excitement among younger buyers — if they have the patience to wait for at least two years before being able to get their hands on one.