First front-wheel drive BMW will share engines with MINI

The BMW 2 Series is a vicious coupe loved by almost all who drive it. The 2 Series Active Tourer is not that car.

BMW has revealed official details and photos of the new front-drive model that aims squarely at the Mercedes-Benz B-Class (also, B is the 2nd letter in the alphabet, so draw your own conclusions on why they didn’t call it the 1 Series Active Tourer).

Under the hood are three available engines, though if you’re hoping to get the diesel, it’s the one engine of the three we won’t be seeing on our shores.

Instead, we will probably receive the 218i – powered by a 136 hp 1.5-litre turbocharged three-cylinder – and top-rung 225i, equipped with a 231 hp 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine from the same modular engine family. These engines also happen to make homes under the hoods of MINI models and the new BMW i8.

In the future, 220i, 220d, 216d, and xDrive (all-wheel drive) versions of the 220d and 225i are planned. Which of those come to Canada is uncertain, though a 225i xDrive is highly probable.

Sending power to the front wheels are two transmissions: three-cylinder models receive a six-speed Steptronic while the 225i gets an eight-speed version.

The 2-Series Active Tourer will be available in Canada in 2015.

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