What’s A BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer Doing In California?

American buyers may not know it, but BMW makes an all-wheel drive compact minivan. It’s called the 2 Series Active Tourer, or Gran Tourer in elongated form, and it’s not offered in the United States.

So what, pray tell, is this one doing on the highway in California? That’s what our reader Josh wondered, and after sending us these photos he snapped, that’s what we’re wondering, too.

The convoy was made up of an Active Tourer (not pictured) and Gran Tourer (pictured) as well as a Mini Clubman – all front-driver wagons made by the BMW Group. The Clubman, of course, is sold in the North American market, so what it’s still doing partially camouflaged at this point, we don’t know.

More intriguing, though, is the presence of the 2 Series wagons, also disguised from the B-pillar back. Even comparing side by side, it’s hard to discern any differences between the existing model and the one pictured. But then, we suppose, that’s what the camo is for.

Could the Bavarians be preparing to bring the wagons to the US? Or are they just undergoing testing Stateside, making their way from the coast to Death Valley? Hard to say, but it sure does raise an eyebrow or two.

Thanks to Josh H. for the scoop!

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  • John

    well.. if Benz gonna bring A sedan/hatchback or even B into the USA. (i really want the A hatchback… not the sedan) then if would make sense for BMW to bring 1 hatchback and 2 active tour in to complete.

    Even Honda brought Civic hatchback back into the market it would be nice to see others join.

  • Just another Supra fan

    Oh boy…. It might be coming here.
    Wealthy soccermoms rejoice!

  • Jp

    What’s worse? It’s technically a front-weel drive BMW.

    • Benjamin B.


  • Benjamin B.

    The camouflage on the Clubman is to confuse and distract you from the truth that BMW will bring us a fwd wagon and minivan.

  • supermanuel

    It’s an excellent minivan, one of the best to drive in my experience.

  • Christian Wimmer

    AWD is optional on these. FWD is standard.

  • Patrick D Booth

    I saw 2 of them a few weeks ago at the Del Taco in Los Feliz, Los Angeles, CA. I don’t know why they were in disguise as the car is available in Europe unless the mid-cycle facelift will be available in the USA too.

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