Bad news for BMW FWD model fans, as the Bavarian carmaker will not bring the BMW 2-Series Active Tourer and the 2-Series Gran Tourer in the United States. The company has not made an official statement on that matter, but a recent report from Automotive News Europe states the situation.
According to the report, the two FWD models are considered too small for the North American market, as the Americans like the genuine bigger models, like the X5 and X6 SUVs. Apart from that, it is difficult to state if drivers across the sea might or might not embrace the idea of having them there.
A reason to choose the 2-Series Active Tourer as a genuine BMW vehicle, is that inside, the model offers enough space just as the larger X vehicles, coming with 4,342 mm long, 1,800 mm wide and 1,555 mm high.
With the BMW 2-Series Active Tourer to be the company`s first car to come with a front-wheel drive, the model is also the first to be fitted with a three-cylinder unit, which also allows to efficiently use the space inside.
On the other hand, the BMW 2-Series Gran Tourer is based on the same UKL Platform also used on the other BMW vehicles, coming as well with a front-wheel drive layout and leaving room inside for the third seat row. The model is actually an extended version of the previous one, coming with a lot of features just like the 2-Series Active Tourer.
Just like the Active Tourer, the BMW 2-Series Gran Tourer is fitted with a wide array of three- and four-cylinder units, closely followed by an xDrive version as well. The first to start with is the 219i, which will underpin a 1.5-liter TwinPower three-cylinder unit, developing 136 horsepower and 220 Nm of torque.
Next, the 220i version is coming with the 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder, outputting 192 horsepower and 280 Nm of torque, jumping from 0 to 100 km/h in just 7.6 seconds. Other engines follow, like the three diesels, set up for the 216d, which received the 1.5-liter TwinPower Turbo three-cylinder, with 116 horsepower and 270 Nm of torque, the 218d with the 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder, as well as the 220d xDrive, with the same 2.0-liter unit, which develops 190 horsepower and 400 Nm of torque.