Seems like the 2 Series MPV was adored by customers that BMW decided to produce a part two which looks questionable at first glance. The Active Tourer, is what the prefer to call it, belongs to the 2er family where it sits alongside the Coupe (G42) and the Gran Coupe (F44). The previous model never got a likable reaction for its appeal from most BMW fans, including myself and I’m not sure if the new one makes the cut due to its loaf-like design caused by the front-wheel drive platform. However, there are notable things to like about it such as the new interior and new curvature display.
They say, “the clean, reduced surface treatment exudes sporting prowess and absurd presence”, keyword ‘absurd’ and in my own opinion that points directly to the enlarged kidney grille that looks, you’ve guessed it, absolutely absurd. It’s huge, dazzled in chrome and commands presence but not the attractive type. Although, the buck teeth are horrendous, the slim headlight design compensates for it. And the light module is not compromised because LED’s are standard whilst the Adaptive LED headlights with cornering light function is optional.
The side profile is much more composed with the contour lines making it look masculine and streamlined with the dainty creases. The wheels are sized either 16-inch or 17-inch as standard while the light wheel alloys up to 19-inches are optional. The wheel design will vary according to the trim lines which include Base spec, Luxury line and M Sport. The rear looks neat with the L-shaped taillights that are similar to those of the BMW X5.
It is significantly 32 millimetres longer sitting at 4386 millimetres and the rear tracks widened by 25 millimetres. The active grille improves the drag coefficient which is now 0.26.
Not much to talk about with the powertrains except that there are various options that have been dropped from the previous generation like the 216i, 225i, 216d and 220d. The surviving bunch all get a 19 hp (14 kW) electric motor integrated with the gearbox which is now a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission that’s standard across the range.
The first two in the lineup are powered by a turbocharged 1.5-litre 3-cylinder engine and in the 218i it produces 136 hp (100 kW) and 230 Nm of torque, whilst the 220i manages 156 hp (115 KW) and 240 Nm which is down by 24 hp (17 kW) from the previous 220i because it chopped off one cylinder in the name of efficiency. Not to worry because the 223i has all four cylinders with a displacement of 2.0-litres and a turbocharger and it produces 204 hp (150 kW) and 320 Nm.
There is only one diesel engine on offer and it is a 2.0-litre turbodiesel 4-cylinder in the 218d producing 150 hp (110 kW) and 360 Nm of torque and it manages 4.8L/100 km according to the manufacturer. Two plug-in hybrid models are expected to debut late 2022 and one of them is the 230e with xDrive.
This cabin looks very different from other current BMW models because it is vastly dominated by BMW’s tablet-like displays for both the 10.25-inch instrument cluster and 10.7-inch infotainment screen. This new design is called BMW Curved Display and it first debuted in the electric iX and the 2 Series Active Tourer is the second BMW model to be revealed with it. It houses the new BMW iDrive system that introduces new graphics, Augmented Reality on Navigation, intuitive touch control and improved voice control.
The far-left edge of the infotainment screen is shaped in a hexagonal manner and that theme continues to the new steering wheel design, the digital speedometer and rev counter, and even the brake pedal. The curve and hexagon shapes add on to a futuristic ambience and speaking about futuristic stuff, the centre console seems to be floating as it does not join the dash. On it is an integrated control panel, push-to-start engine button, a small gear knob, hazard light button and a volume control function.
Creature comfort features include four USB-C ports, two-zone climate control, ambient lighting, panoramic glass sunroof and a Harmon Kardon sound system. Those are optional features with others to choose from like Steering and Lane Control Assistant, Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go function and Head-up Display.
Since the 2 Series Active Tourer exited the South African market earlier than expected, it’s unlikely that the new one will come to our shores when it launches on February 2022.
Source: BMW 2 Series Active Tourer