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The new BMW 2 Series Active Tourer

The new BMW 2 Series Active Tourer
The chassis technology in the new BMW 2 Series Active Tourer has been engineered to deliver the brand’s customary sporting flair

By Aphiwe Nzimande

BMW's 2 Series Active Tourer has gone under the knife to produce its second generation and all changes seem to be very visible at first glance with the car boasting the Bavarian brand's new design language inside and out.

As mentioned above the changes are very visible on the exterior of the car as it adopts the very prominent oval-like kidney grille, sharper L-shaped headlights, more angular shaped vents which encourages a drag coefficient of 0.26, a sharp but simple redesign for both the front and rear bumpers and the rear looks exactly like a mini version of the all-electric BMW IX. Although there are all these aesthetic changes the designers have decided to keep the portions of the vehicle close to unchanged so it still retains its Mini van-like appearance something like its rival the Mercedes B-class.

The new BMW 2 Series Active Tourer
The progressive premium ambience and wide-ranging interior functionality.

The huge changes aren't only found outside the Active Tourer as more can be found inside its plush cabin with new technical features that will debut to be featured in the newer BMW models. The interior is immediately dominated by a huge jointed curved instrument cluster and infotainment display screen which is more frequent in electric BMW variants. The digital display offers BMW's live cockpit Plus technology.

If you go for an M Sport package, the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer gets unique dynamic panels as well as a recessed BMW logo above the grille making your stick out from the rest.

As you can imagine hauling luggage would be a breeze since the car is an MPV which means it's meant for packing your whole family and their suitcases without breaking a sweat. Practicality is the name of the game in this segment and this is one box the BMW brand ticks very well, the rear seats fold up and down effortlessly. When the seats are folded up the Active Tourer has a claimed boot capacity of 406 dm³.

The new BMW 2 Series Active Tourer
Modern crossover character, striking front end, dynamically stretched proportions.

The BMW 2 Series Active Tourer has a long line list to choose from with the entry-level being 218i with an output of 100kw. The 220i returns with an output of 125kw while the 223i comes with a 48V hybrid system 160kw option and then we see the return of the 218d with an output of 110kw. All engines on offer will come with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

As you can imagine there will be Plug-in hybrid engine alternatives which will be the 225e and 230e xDrive with a power output of 180 and 240kw respectively. Both of these options host a 14.9 kWh battery pack which will produce a max range of 80km.

BMW worldwide is looking to receive the 2 Series Active Tourer before the end of the year 2021. BMW has yet to produce pricing information and BMW South Africa has not yet confirmed a local introduction for the 2 Series Active Tourer.


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