BMW has unveiled the 2 Series Active Tourer xDrive – the latest iteration of the model that features with the intelligent four-wheel drive system BMW xDrive. BMW first used the xDrive in the BMW X3 and the X5 around a decade ago and is now making the four-wheel drive system available in a number of models and series.
This system does not only better traction and stability but is also always aligned to each vehicle concept, thus paving way to high degree of functionality and improved cornering dynamics as well as keeping the fuel consumption and emission levels of four-wheel drive vehicles as low as possible.
The 2 Series Active Tourer is the latest example of model-specific alignment of the four-wheel drive system. But unlike previous variants, BMW xDrive for the first time is grounded on a front-wheel drive concept with transversally installed engines.
The Active Tourer is available with a new range of modularly constructed three- and four-cylinder engines – featuring state-of-the-art TwinPower Turbo technology – provides dynamic driving while returning outstanding efficiency.
New 2-Series variants laden with xDrive technology include the BMW 225i xDrive Active Tourer with combined fuel consumption figure of 6.5-6.4 l/100 km and combined carbon dioxide emission number of 152-148 g/km; and the the BMW 220d xDrive Active Tourer with combined fuel consumption figure of 4.8-4.6 l/100km and combined carbon dioxide emission rate of 127-122 g/km.
Both models feature BMW xDrive as standard with engines mated with the 8-speed Steptronic gearbox.
BMW revealed that during the launch of the 2-Series Active Tourer, it will also be giving customers the chance to choose among three fuel-efficient and powerful three-cylinder and four-cylinder drive units. These light drive units are to become part of the brand’s new generation of engines. In addition to having a compact design, the engines have been positioned in a transverse manner.
Not only do the engines come with the brand’s very own TwinPower Turbo technology but they also comply with emissions standards set by EU6. One of the drive units that stand out is the three-cylinder petrol-powered engine that displays exceptional performance and great efficiency. BMW said that this advanced powerplant will be making its official debut being fitted in the 218i Active Tourer. Fuel consumption for the urban setting is rated to be 46.3 mpg (6.1 1/100 km) with extra-urban measured at 67.2 mpg (4.2 1/100 km). Combined meanwhile is found out to be 57.6 mpg (4.9 1/100 km).
When paired to the manual six-speed gearbox, its combined CO2 emissions are at 115 g/km. With a 1.5-liter displacement, the engine can deliver output at 136 hp (100 kW). Not only that, this engine manages to excel as well due to that excellent appetite for revs, the high pulling power, and the instant throttle response. In terms of design, the three-cylinder units are able to avoid any first-order, and even second-order, inertia forces. Since a balancer shaft is included, it allows for smoother operation across the whole rev range.
The top of these engines though would have to be the four-cylinder which increases the standard in the segment when it comes to dynamic performance. Equipped inside the BMW 225i Active Tourer, power is measured at 231 hp (170 kW). With maximum speed of 146 mph (235 km/h), it can go from standstill to 62 mph (100 km) in 6.8 seconds. Fuel consumption for urban is at 37.1 mpg (7.6 1/100 km) with extra-urban rated at 56.5 mpg (5.0 1/100 km). Combined on the other hand is set at 47 mpg (6.0 1/100 km). CO2 emissions are at 139 g/km.