Spied! 2015 BMW 1 Series Active Tourer has Become the 225i GT (Thankfully)

By Jacob Brown | December 18, 2013
If you had the holiday blues, we have something that ought to cheer you right up: The 2015 BMW 1 Series Active Tourer, the first front-wheel-drive car in the brand's history, will be called the 2 Series Gran Turismo. Semantics, we know, but this is actually a really good thing for diehard BMW people. How do we know this? It appears BMW was filming a promotional video for the new hatchback in what appears to be lovely Southern California. Our spy photographers caught glimpse of the car and snapped some shots at the back of it. There, they saw it carrying the designation 225i on the back of it. What strikes us about this is that the 2014 BMW 2 Series that was recently introduced is a coupe, as are all vehicles carrying even numbers for BMW. BMW therefore lumps in this latest hatchback with them. That, in turn, means there's room for a 1 Series sedan, which would be based on the smaller architecture of the 2 Series. Which 2 Series model, however, remains to be seen.
It was thought that BMW would be moving all of its compact and subcompact cars to the new UKL chassis shared with the 2015 Mini Cooper. A base engine would come by way of a turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder, while upmarket models could receive a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder. Of course, all-wheel drive would be available to do battle with the Audi A3 and Mercedes-Benz CLA- and GLA-Class vehicles. With this latest event, all of that is now in question. BMW has been criticized for the 1 Series coupe that recently went out of production being too small on the inside. Chances are that the 2 Series coupe will be similarly cramped. But a rear-wheel-drive 1 Series sedan would give BMW plenty of breathing room to bring the 3 Series upmarket to compete with the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class. Will it happen, though? We're on the edge of our seat waiting to find out.