As with most BMW production-ready concept cars, the Active Tourer has maintained the overall design of the original concept, apart from a number of details.
These include a blunter nose, the absence of the distinctive side view mirrors and door handles – replaced by more conventional elements – the introduction of roof bars and the absence of chromed contours for the front and side air openings and for the tail exhausts.
The interior maintains the basic layout, however the futuristic, high-tech materials and feel have been left out for a more traditional mix of trims and finishes.
In addition, the distinctive wave-patterned roof of the Concept has been replaced by a more traditional panoramic roof.
From a technical standpoint, the 2 Series Active Tourer will be available with a choice of diesel and gasoline engine – and not with hybrid powertrains for the concepts – ranging from 134 to 228 hp.
Below we report some details on the design from the official press release. Also check the full gallery of photos and design sketches.
From the official Press Release:
The new BMW 2 Series Active Tourer combines its extremely compact dimensions with adaptability, practicality and highly dynamic design, and cuts a sporty and elegant figure from every angle. Deftly balanced proportions based on a long wheelbase and short overhangs front and rear create a distinctive BMW silhouette. The bold definition of the bonnet, which slopes down to a slightly forward-slanted kidney grille, gives the vehicle the appearance of surging forward even when at rest. A sharply raked D-pillar adds to this effect.
The front view is dominated by the low-rise double kidney grille, which is positioned lower than the headlights – a feature normally confined to the BMW Coupes and which points immediately to the dynamic personality of this vehicle. The steeply raked windscreen and clearly defined and sculpted bonnet give the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer a low-slung, sporty appearance and emphasise its sense of width.
The LED daytime driving lights cut across the top of the twin round headlights, giving them a very road-focused look. As an option, efficient bi- LED lights are available for the dipped and main beam functions. These lights are as bright as comparable xenon systems with LED daytime running light rings, but only consume half as much energy. LED technology is also used in the cornering lights, which provide excellent sideways illumination both when making a turn and also when cornering at speeds between 40 and 70 km/h (approx. 25 and 44 mph), where they provide additional, non-swivelling illumination. In their modern styling interpretation, the twin round headlights in combination with the large air intakes add the finishing touches to a very assertive front profile.
In side view, the elongated silhouette with its discreet wedge shape gives the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer a distinctive, dynamic appearance. Two eye- catching feature lines along the side of the vehicle maintain a balance between the gently rising wedge shape and the dynamic counterpoint formed by the rear edge of the side window as it slopes down to the hallmark Hofmeister kink. The higher roofline, large doors and long wheelbase all point to the generous spaciousness that awaits inside the vehicle.
The rear profile gives a strong sense of width, and ensures that the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer’s sporty and dynamic appearance continues right round the vehicle. The typical L-shaped BMW rear light units, optionally including wide LED tail lights, extend a long way into the side walls, creating a fluent transition between the sides and rear of the vehicle and drawing attention to the wheel arches and the vehicle’s road-hugging stance. The tailgate, with its low sill and wide aperture, gives easy access to the load compartment. Vertical air-deflecting aeroblades on either side of the rear window along with a rear spoiler add the finishing touches to the attractively modern rear-end lines. And most of the time the effect is unmarred even by a windscreen wiper – when at rest, the wiper remains hidden inside the rear spoiler.
The interior is light and surprisingly spacious. Despite very compact exterior dimensions, with a length of 4,342 millimetres, a width of 1,800 millimetres and a height of 1,555 millimetres, the roomy interior provides comfortable seating for five people, and thanks to the large glass area is also light and airy throughout. This effect is further enhanced by the optional panoramic roof and by the A-pillar triangle window, both of which also improve all-round visibility. The horizontally structured, layered styling of the instrument panel and door panels gives the interior an elegant, light-touch feel and emphasises the sense of spaciousness.
At the same time the typical BMW driver-centric design of the cockpit underlines the sporty character of the new BMW 2 Series Active Tourer.
The high-end interior ambience can be further accentuated by specifying the optional freestanding, high-tech-look central information display, which is positioned optimally within the driver’s field of vision. The instrument panel’s large trim surfaces with accent strips and electroplated highlights emphasise the premium character of the vehicle, and the same design theme is carried over to the centre console and doors as well.
The sharp visual demarcation between the centre console and the instrument panel gives the latter an appearance of floating in mid-air. For the first time the HVAC controls and the eye-catching, electroplated-look
In the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer attractive and elegant design, and compact dimensions, are mated with practicality in the form of abundant storage features that provide useful additional space. A closed storage compartment in front of the centre console, bottle holders (up to 1.5-litre bottles) in the doors, offset cupholders in the centre console and storage compartments both in and underneath the centre armrest are further examples of intelligent, space-efficient design.