BMW's Active Tourer concept moved closer to its production debut, with the small hatch spied without a shred of camouflage this week.
The new MPV-shaped hatch is expected to be known as the 2 Series Active Tourer, launching yet another brand into the growing BMW range.
Has BMW changed its tune on this 'rule', or are we to view the so-called Active Tourer hatch as a sporting lifestyle model?
If earlier promotional photos of BMW's Active Tourer concepts tearing along mountain passes are anything to go by, the latter is likely.
BMW has yet to offer any new details on the 2 Series Active Tourer, although much about its platform is already known.
All '2AT' models will ride on BMW's front-wheel-drive UKL1 platform, which also underpins the new MINI Cooper and around 12 other upcoming new models.
In concept form, the Active Tourer measures 4350mm long, 1834mm wide and 1560mm tall, making it 26mm longer, 69mm wider and a whopping 139mm taller than the 1 Series.
The concept's wheelbase is shorter however, coming in at 2670mm to the 1 Series' 2690mm.
By comparison, the new - and similarly styled - Mercedes-Benz B-Class is 4359mm long, 1786mm wide and 1557mm tall, riding on a 2700mm wheelbase.
Power for the new hatch is expected to come from BMW's new three-cylinder 1.5 litre turbo engines - also offered in the new Cooper - with outputs ranging from 90 to 165kW in petrol form, and 60 to 135kW for diesel models.
Reports suggest the front-wheel-drive Active Tourer will get a six-speed manual and an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Hybrid and electric versions of the 1 Series GT are also expected, despite the existence of the similarly-sized, but technically unrelated, BMW i3 electric city car.
As for the idea of a front-wheel-drive Bimmer, the carmaker isn't expecting any problems, after a study conducted in 2010 revealed that nearly 80 percent of its 1 Series owners already thought the car was driven at the front wheels.
Watch for the 2 Series Active Tourer to make its debut in the coming weeks.
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