British media is reporting the BMW 2-Series Active Tourer will gain a plug-in hybrid powertrain sometime next year.

British media is reporting the BMW 2-Series Active Tourer will gain a plug-in hybrid powertrain sometime next year.

Likely to wear the "eDrive" badge, Bavaria's greener MPV will be different from other models in this segment thanks to an all-wheel drive configuration. CAR is saying the conventional engine will power the front wheels while the electric motor will send 102 bhp (75 kW) and 184 lb-ft (249 Nm) to the rear axle.

The report doesn't mention specify the identity of the fuel-burning engine but chances are it's a three-cylinder 1.5-liter turbo available for the regular model where it develops 136 HP (100 kW) and 162 lb-ft (220 Nm) of torque.

We remind you that back in September 2012 at the Paris Motor Show, BMW introduced the Concept Active Tourer which had the 1.5-liter engine + electric motor combo granting a 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) run in less than 8 seconds and a top speed of around 120 mph (193 km/h). The vehicle provided an all-electric range of 18 miles (29 km) and in hybrid mode returned more than 113 mpg UK (94 mpg US or 2.5 liters / 100 km) with CO2 emissions of less than 60 g/km.

Likely to arrive at a major auto show next year, the plug-in hybrid system will probably be implemented also in the forthcoming seven-seater 2-Series Active Tourer due in 2015.

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