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New BMW 2 Series Active Tourer expected in 2021

Spy shots suggest mild styling update for the next BMW 2 Series MPV

  • BMW set to continue with 2 Series Active Tourer
  • Plug-in hybrid due
  • Will reach showrooms in 2021

The BMW 2 Series Active Tourer is set to be replaced by a new model in the next year or so. These spy shots suggest the new model will represent a mild redesign of the current one, while we expect a full complement of petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid powertrains. It’s likely that the car will be revealed early next year, before going on sale a few months later.

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At first glance, the next 2 Series Active Tourer will look quite similar, but it appears the new car will get a much bigger grille, in keeping with other recently revealed BMWs. Bumpers and air intakes will be redesigned, while the rising windowline looks to be a different shape too. We expect slimmer tail-lights that look like those fitted to the latest BMW 1 Series. With small alloy wheels, halogen headlights and a bumper design that’s not particularly aggressive, we think this development model is quite a low-spec car.

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It’s hard to tell, but the camouflaged car seems to have a slightly longer wheelbase (the distance between the front and rear wheels) than the car it’ll replace. This will be good for passenger space.

The 2 Series Active Tourer will share many parts with the 1 Series, including much of its interior. Entry-level cars should get a wide 8.8-inch touchscreen and BMW’s iDrive infotainment system, plus features like all-round parking sensors, cruise control and auto headlights. Higher-spec models will benefit from an upgraded touchscreen, two-zone climate control, heated seats and a digital instrument cluster.

It’s probable that engines will be shared between the 1 Series and 2 Series Active Tourer, too. Despite a downturn in diesel sales, we still expect at least two will be available. These will be badged 218d and 220d, and both should provide sprightly acceleration - the current engines hit 0-62mph in nine and 7.5 seconds respectively. There’ll also be a similar number of petrol engines to choose from, and once again a plug-in hybrid will feature.

An electric model is likely at some point in the model’s lifespan, given that the BMW Group is looking to introduce 12 electric vehicles in the next three years. Most versions of the 2 Series MPV will be front-wheel drive, but all-wheel-drive xDrive variants will be offered too. As before, it’s likely to be one of the best MPVs to drive.

It’s not known whether the BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer seven-seater will be renewed, as most customers are turning away from MPVs in favour of SUVs. However, BMW doesn’t have a similarly priced seven-seat SUV - only the expensive BMW X5 and BMW X7 offer a third row of seats.

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