But it's not the name that's important, it's the car itself, and what's under the skin. Underpinning the car is BMW’s new UKL platform, which made its debut in the 2014 MINI Cooper and will eventually spawn close to a dozen different models across the BMW and MINI ranges. In the case of this 2-Series ActiveHybrid Tourer, a hybrid drivetrain is powering the front wheels, perhaps not unlike that of the aforementioned Concept Active Tourer shown at the 2012 Paris Auto Show.
The Concept Active Tourer's powertrain consisted of a total of 190 horsepower, the majority of that coming from a turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine. A plug-in hybrid setup supplements the drive, helping the compact luxury hybrid get to 60 mph in less than 8 seconds and on to a top speed of 124 mph--while attaining a BMW-claimed 94 mpg. Up to 18 miles of all-electric driving is possible, too.
As the spy shots reveal, the 2-Series ActiveHybrid Tourer features five doors and a fairly conventional compact MPV body. A larger seven-seat version of the 2-Series Active Tourer is also planned, although it may not be offered as a hybrid. One interesting feature shown in the latest spy shots is the rear window wiper, whose pivot point is at the top of the frame rather than the tradition bottom edge.
We should know all the details soon as the car is expected to debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show in March before going on sale in Europe in the summer. A U.S. launch is expected for BMW’s front-wheel-drive car, although we’re unlikely to see it until sometime in 2015.