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BMW 2 Series Active Tourer, Gran Tourer Not Coming to U.S.

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 3/10/2015 Erick Ayapana

BMW says it will not bring its 2 Series Gran Tourer and 2 Series Active Tourer to the U.S. The news comes after the automaker officially unveiled the 2 Series Gran Tourer at last week’s Geneva auto show.

In an interview with Automotive News, BMW stated that both front-drive 2 Series people movers are too small for the U.S. The three-row, seven-seat Gran Tourer is essentially a stretched version of the Active Tourer that first went on sale last year.

BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer© Provided by MotorTrend BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer

The 2 Series Gran Tourer is 179.4 inches long, features multiple seating and cargo configurations, and has styling that’s more akin to the Mazda5 MPV rather than a typical BMW crossover or wagon. Power comes from a number of turbo-four diesel and gas engines and xDrive all-wheel drive is also available.

The Active Tourer and Gran Tourer are based on the automaker’s new UKL front-drive platform, which also underpins the new Mini Cooper hardtop (and other future Minis). That said, it’s possible BMW feared the 2 Series Active Tourer would cannibalize sales of a number of Mini models like the Clubman and the Countryman.

BMW 220d xDrive Gran Tourer© Provided by MotorTrend BMW 220d xDrive Gran Tourer

The UKL platform, however, will soon make its way into more future BMWs. The upcoming 1 Series sedan, for example, will be a front-drive competitor to the Audi A3 and Mercedes-Benz CLA, while the next-generation X1 crossover is also slated to switch to the new platform.

BMW 2 Series Active Tourer, Gran Tourer Not Coming to U.S.

Source: Automotive News (Subscription required)

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