If your definition of the "Ultimate Driving Machine" is a front-wheel drive MPV, you're in luck as BMW has introduced the 2-Series Active Tourer at the Geneva Motor Show.

BMW has introduced the 2-Series Active Tourer at the Geneva Motor Show.

Designed to compete with the Mercedes B-Class, the 2-Series Active Tourer follows in the footsteps of the Concept Active Tourer and adopts a slightly generic design that resembles the Kia Carens. Despite the similarities, the model has a forward-slanting kidney grille, twin circular headlights and a Hofmeister kink.

The exterior styling won't win everyone over but the cabin has high quality materials and familiar styling cues. Notable highlights include a “semi-command” seating position, "electroplated-look" accents and a 40:20:40 split-folding rear seat.  Higher end variants can also been equipped with leather upholstery, wood trim and GPS navigation.

At launch, the model will be available with three different engines including:

  • A 1.5-liter three-cylinder petrol with 136 HP (100 kW) and 220 Nm (162 lb-ft) of torque
  • A 2.0-liter four-cylinder petrol with 231 HP (170 kW) and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) of torque
  • A 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel with 150 HP (110 kW) and 330 Nm (243 lb-ft) of torque

BMW will eventually introduce three additional engines and an optional all-wheel drive system.

BMW 2-Series Active Tourer shows the front-wheel drive future in Geneva