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BMW Goes Front-Drive With Geneva Debut of 2-Series Active Tourer

Redefining luxury?

by on Feb.18, 2014

Not your father's BMW, the new 2-Series Active Tourer is the maker's first to go front-drive.

For many years, it was easy to recognize a BMW at first glance.  The familiar kidney grille adorned only a handful of sedans, coupes and convertibles, all pumping power to the rear wheels.

In recent years, the BMW line-up has been rapidly proliferating, the grille and spinner logo have been showing up on all manner of sports cars, SUVs – Sport Activity Vehicles, in BMW-speak – and even harder to define GT body styles. It has also been rolling out an ever-increasing number of all-wheel-drive packages, in keeping with the latest luxury segment trends.

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But now, it seems, BMW is set to break the final barrier, to some the ultimate taboo, and launch its first ever front-wheel-drive model, the 2-Series Active Tourer set to make its debut at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show.


Is BMW Going Front-Wheel Drive?

1-Series GT reportedly due to debut in Paris next autumn.

by on Jun.11, 2012

Is BMW ready to adopt front-wheel-drive? Apparently on at least one new model to come.

While it’s probably not the end of the world some might see another sign of the apocalypse in BMW’s apparent plan to introduce its first front-wheel-drive model at the upcoming Paris Motor Show.

The new offering will bear the badge of a 1-Series GT and is reportedly going to share the same platform as the next-generation Mini, according to our friends at Autoblog and Britain’s Autocar.

Other sources suggest it will also be dubbed the new Compact Activity Tourer, or CAV, reflecting its tall, crossover-like shape.  It would complement, rather than replace the new X1 Sport Activity Vehicle, or SAV.  It’s expected to feature a higher seating position than other 1-Series models, much like BMW’s current 5-Series GT.

The new 1-er GT is apparently being developed to compete with the latest-generation Mercedes-Benz B-Class line.

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BMW Chairman Norbert Reithof first signaled the possibility of a front-driver back in 2010 and the upcoming update of the Mini was a perfect opportunity.  Like all automakers, BMW is intent on improving its economies of scale by sharing components wherever possible.  Nonetheless, purists were hoping the maker would back away from that strategy and retain its focus on rear- or all-wheel-drive across the line-up.