BMW 2-Series Active Tourer Got xDrive All-Wheel Drive
The BMW 2-Series Active Tourer, which is supposed to come to the USA late next year, already got the first improvement on the markets where it’s available. Since the Active Tourer has been developed on the new UKL platform, it was the first BMW vehicle with front-wheel drive. Now, the big news is that the 2-Series Active Tourer got the famous xDrive, an intelligent all-wheel drive system. Although this may be a reason for dyed-in-the-wool BMW enthusiasts to jubilate, we couldn’t say that the Active Tourer doesn’t have front-wheel drive anymore. In order to have the best out of front-wheel drive and the xDrive all-wheel drive, the automaker has installed the all-wheel drive system that’s complementary to the existing front-wheel drive. Practically, the BMW 2-Series Active Tourer has the power delivered to the front wheels most of the time. When necessary, the xDrive all-wheel drive engages and the power is delivered to the all four wheels.
BMW 2-Series Active Tourer with Standard xDrive All-Wheel Drive
The compact MPV will benefit from the new xDrive which will be standard on the 225i and the 220d. With better traction and new eight-speed Steptronic automatic transmission, those models will be substantially improved. Since the U.S.-spec version is yet to come – probably next fall – we can expect it to have those standard features when it crosses the pond.
How Does It Work?
The xDrive all-wheel drive system has been developed for more than ten years. The first models with the intelligent all-wheel drive were the X3 and the X5 back in 2004. Now, the BMW 2-Series Active Tourer’s xDrive system is really intelligent. Thanks to the Dynamic Stability Control, the system constantly monitors various input data about the vehicle’s position, speed, lateral and longitudinal acceleration, wheel speed and steering angle. After the data has been analyzed, the system, which conjoins Dynamic Traction Control, Electronic Differential Lock Control and Performance Control, instantly adjusts the vehicle to the current conditions, providing an unnoticed power distribution between the axles and delivering required amount of torque exactly where it’s needed. The xDrive all-wheel drive can, if necessary, distribute 100 percent of power to the rear wheels.
One would expect that such an advanced system must be very heavy. The truth is that it the BMW 2-Series xDrive Active Tourer is just 134 pounds heavier. The xDrive all-wheel drive system consists of an electro-hydraulically controlled multiple-disk clutch which is located inside the rear axle drive which distributes the torque in coordination with the angular gear which is connected to the front axle differential and an electronic control unit at the rear axle. Using the new intelligent all-wheel drive system, the Active Tourer has improved its traction, stability, handling and performance in all conditions. The vehicle has better cornering and more precise steering thanks to the xDrive system.
When Can We Expect U.S.-Spec BMW 2-Series Active Tourer to Be Released?
The BMW 2-Series xDrive Active Tourer will probably come to the USA with the xDrive all-wheel drive system. Aside from the gasoline and diesel options, the automaker is expected to offer a plug-in hybrid model soon. The exact date when the compact MPV will come to the USA isn’t known. Although it was announced that it would come by the end of 2015, some recent rumors said that the American premiere might be slightly delayed. Even if they reschedule the release of the U.S.-spec BMW 2-Series Active Tourer, we probably won’t wait for long.