The new second-generation BMW 2 Series Active Tourer features a bold new design, a revamped powertrain lineup and a host of upgraded technology.
It is still closely related to the 2 Series Coupe – although it was recently renewed – but in name and style only. The front-driven FAAR architecture used by the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe and BMW X1 as well as the Mini Countryman and Mini Countryman, will continue to be used. It has been redesigned inside and out to match its new name.
The main difference between the outgoing car and the new one is the larger front grille. It houses the radar sensor, some advanced driver assistance functions, and an active air flap to improve aerodynamics.
The new headlight design is distinctive, with redesigned side creases and slimmer rear lights clusters. It’s also slightly larger than before, increasing by 32mm in length and 24mm width, and 21mm height. The wheelbase is 2670mm. However, the wheels have been extended 25mm to the front axle and 26mm to the rear.
However, the most significant modifications are made inside. The MPV is said to be inspired by BMW’s latest flagship electric car, iX SUV.
The new, one-piece curved display houses BMW’s eighth-generation iDrive infotainment software. This interface, which is similar to a smartphone, replaces many of the car’s buttons and switches. It can be customized to provide quick access to frequently used functions and to adapt to different driving situations.
The system now offers new features such as an augmented reality satellite navigation assistant, voice control for a host of new functions, wireless mirroring, and over-the-air software updates.
The chassis has also been extensively revised, with a front setup that is claimed to be more responsive and a rear set-up that offers greater interior space.
The new 2 Series Active Tourer will be available with two-liter turbo-petrol engines of 168bhp and 215bhp each. Both are equipped with 48V mild hybrid technology. A 2.0-litre diesel is also available. All these engines are paired with a seven speed dual clutch automatic gearbox.
BMW will introduce two plug-in hybrid petrol-engined powertrains next summer with an electric motor at the rear axle. They are either 242bhp, 322bhp, and have a claimed range of 50 miles.