BMW North America president and CEO Ludwig Willisch told Edmunds a production version of the Concept Active Tourer will be introduced in the United States at the beginning of next year.

BMW North America president and CEO Ludwig Willisch told Edmunds a production version of the Concept Active Tourer will be introduced in the United States at the beginning of next year.

The car he was referring to can be seen in these spy photos we posted back in December. It will be a very interesting BMW since it will adopt a front-wheel drive layout and will probably be one of the most family-oriented models ever, especially since it will likely be offered with an optional seven-seat layout. Ludwig Willisch says the Active Tourer production version will target those customers who are "looking for versatility that matches his or her lifestyle."

The name of this all-new model has not been disclosed but most likely it will wear the 2-Series Active Tourer moniker and will probably be shown for the first time in March at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show before going on sale in Europe later this year. It will be a competitor for the Mercedes-Benz B-Class and will ride on the UKL platform also used by the new MINI so it will have just about the same engines.

Edmunds mentions all-wheel drive will still be available while (at least) the US-spec model will be offered with a hybrid powertrain consisting of a 3-cylinder 1.5-liter gasoline engine working together with an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack.

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