China-made BMW 2-Series Active Tourer will launch in early 2016

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This is the new China-made BMW 2-Series Active Tourer. It will debut on the Guangzhou Auto Show later this month and launch on the Chinese car market in early 2016. The BMW 2-Series Active Tourer is manufactured by Brilliance-BMW, the joint venture that also makes the 3-Series L, the 5-Series L, and the BMW X1-Series.

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The Chinese Two comes in three kinds: the 216i with a 113hp 1.5 turbo, the 218i with a 151hp 1.5 turbo, and the 220i with a 214hp 2.0 turbo. The 216i and 218i are mated to a six-speed automatic, the 220i to an eight speed automatic, all sending power to the front wheels.

Presently, the Active Tourer is imported into China. Price starts at 270.000 and ends at 340.000 yuan. Local production will bring price down by about 20%. The 216i base model is not imported, so the range will start cheaper still, probably around 180.000 for a low-spec car.

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The 2 Series active Tourer is based on the BMW UKL2 platform (wiki), which also underpins the 2015 Mini Clubman, which is based on the five-door Mini. This opens the possibility for Mini production in China in the future.

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