Based on the effort – and money – BMW is spending to break off the coupes and convertibles in its lineup as even-numbered models (like the new 2 Series and 4 Series), we figured the production version of the 2012 Concept Active Tourer was a lock to wear the 1 Series GT name. These spy shots paint a different picture, however, as they show the car seemingly in full showroom-ready trim during a photo shoot, wearing the 225i name indicating that it will be in the 2 Series family.

While it's still very possible that this badging is the final bit of trickery for disguising the front-wheel-drive 1 Series GT, the hatchback itself appears to be the real deal. Aside from new fascias, a smaller grille and slightly different lights, the styling of this "225i" stayed pretty true to the Concept Active Tourer. Thanks to our long-lensed photographer, we also get a brief glimpse inside the hatchback, which reveals a two-tiered instrument panel layout including the free-standing navigation display that is similar to the concept car.

Regardless of what name this new model will wear, expect it to be unveiled at next year's Geneva Motor Show in March before arriving in the US sometime in 2015.


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      tool0117
      • 1 Year Ago
      active tourer LOL
      jonnybimmer
      • 1 Year Ago
      Because F-it, why not? BMW already makes or will make sedans with all the even numbers, they just put them under the silly name "Gran Coupes". Oh well, not like BMW's current labeling system is known for its integrity anyways. They just make a car and flip a coin to see if it's an odd or even number.
      Kuro Houou
      • 1 Year Ago
      Since when did Minivan become "Active Tourer"?
        jz78817
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Kuro Houou
        since "minivan" became a dirty word.
        xspeedy
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Kuro Houou
        Since SUV was SAV in BMW crap speak.
        Greg
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Kuro Houou
        Looks more like a proper wagon than a minivan or "crossover." The lines are a little C-MAXy, but I have no problem here. It's more interesting than yet-another-coupe (4 series).
      Galinskiomatic
      • 1 Year Ago
      225i. So it's a two door? Because it's an even number?
      Jimmy
      • 1 Year Ago
      BMW. Just what in the hell are you doing?
      cpmanx
      • 1 Year Ago
      I suspect the 2-series badging is a smoke screen. It makes no sense. But I can't say I care much about which number is on its rump. I have very split feelings about this car. As a fan of urban MPVs (and, I confess, an owner of a Kia Rondo), I'm glad to see a vehicle for sale in the US that makes use of that efficient packaging approach but offers better style, materials, and handling (it seems safe to assume). As a BMW fan, though, I have concerns about the dilution of the brand's once-distinctive focus on performance sedans and coupes. Yes, performance can take many shapes, but it's still sad to see BMW becoming more and more a builder of me-too mainstream vehicles. At least the i3 is genuinely odd and innovative.
      Neutral President
      • 1 Year Ago
      Love this, but the again, i love small, boxy, hatchback/wagon type vehicles. Making this a 2 series does seem a little odd, unless they're giving it a "coupé" style roofline, which clearly they're not.
      Teleny411
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nice minivan.
      GFB
      • 1 Year Ago
      BMW's decision to follow and not to lead is market-driven but I don't think it will be more successful than it would have been had they stuck to their guns and kept the B-segment 1-series as a RWD car. The next 1-series will be no smaller than the E30 3-series was but they still justify the move to FWD on packaging grounds as well as on meeting the competition. A "small" RWD BMW sedan would be a hoot as I bet the new 2-series coupe will be. The sad thing is not BMW going down the FWD road but the fact that most current BMW customers don't know the difference and won't care.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      Manual Stick
      • 1 Year Ago
      well, i guess we all agree then. it is super lame looking. lost whatever sense of presence they managed to squeeze into the concept version.
      MistyGreen
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think they've given up on design.
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