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The BMW 2-Series Active Tourer and the Gran Tourer will not be introduced in the United States as the carmaker believes they are too small for this market.

The first ever front-wheel drive BMW 2-Series Active Tourer, along with the recently unveiled 2-Series Gran Tourer, will not be offered in the United States. The announcement hasn’t been made official at this time but it seems that the decision is permanent. According to Automotive News Europe, the two models are not big enough for the United States auto market, even if the Gran Tourer is offering three rows of seats.

The BMW 2-Series Active Tourer is riding on the front-wheel drive UKL platform, along with the 2-Series Gran Tourer. The larger model stands at 4,556 mm in length, 1,800 mm in width and 1,608 mm in height and it is getting a third row of seats which can fold flat into the floor. The total boot space with the second and third rows of seats folded stands at 1,905 mm.

The engine lineup in the model includes the 218i, with a 3-cylinder 1.5L 136 HP and 220 Nm, along with the 2.0L TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder rated at 192 HP and 280 Nm of torque. The diesel lineup is made from the 1.5L TwinPower Turbo 3-cylinder with 116 HP and 270 Nm of torque in the 216d, the 218d’s 2.0L 150 HP and 330 Nm and the 220d xDrive with 190 HP and 400 Nm from the 2.0L. The X1 will remain the smallest crossover to be offered by BMW in the U.S.