UPDATE 16/03/2015: BMW has confirmed that the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer will only be available in front-wheel drive guise for the Australian market.
The BMW 2 Series Active Tourer range has been expanded with the addition of three new turbocharged engines and the availability of all-wheel drive.
A single new four-cylinder petrol (220i) and a duo of diesels (three-cylinder 216d and four-cylinder 220d) double the number of formerly announced engine options, joining the 218i and 225i petrol and 218d diesel that were available overseas from launch.
The 220i Active Tourer produces 141kW of power at 4700rpm and 280Nm of torque at 1250rpm from its 2.0-litre engine. It achieves combined cycle fuel consumption between 5.9 and 6.1 litres per 100 kilometres, and claims 0-100km/h in 7.5 seconds.
Its diesel counterpart, the 2.0-litre 220d Active Tourer, produces an almost identical 140kW at 4000rpm yet boasts significantly more torque, with 400Nm at 1750rpm. Fuel consumption is rated at 4.4-4.5L/100km, and though BMW hasn’t released a sprint claim for the diesel variant, it’s expected to be quicker than the 220i.
Setting the efficiency benchmark is the 216d. The 1.5-litre engine produces 85kW at 4000rpm and 270Nm at 1750rpm, and consumes a hybrid-rivalling 3.8-3.9L/100km on the combined cycle. BMW says the entry diesel variant accelerates from 0-100km/h in 10.6 seconds.
The 216d is available exclusively with a six-speed manual transmission, while the 220i and 220d come with the option of the manual or an eight-speed automatic.
The top two engine variants, the 220d and existing 225i, will also be available with BMW’s xDrive all-wheel-drive system.
The new engines and xDrive system will become available overseas from November. CarAdvice is awaiting confirmation from BMW Australia on the availability of the new variants in our market.
The BMW 2 Series Active Tourer will arrive in Australia in the same month. BMW’s first ever front-wheel-drive model and first MPV will be priced from $44,400 in 218i specification, $47,800 in 218d trim, and $54,900 as the flagship 225i.