An undisguised image of BMW’s next-generation 2 Series Active Tourer has surfaced, revealing the car’s front end
What looks like the new BMW 2 Series Active Tourer MPV has leaked online, revealing the car’s styling before an imminent official reveal.
When it goes on sale later this year, the new BMW 2 Series Active Tourer will enter a narrow premium MPV market, as it’s only direct rival will be the Mercedes B-Class.
This leaked image shows the extent of the new-generation model’s makeover, with further SUV inspiration. Up front, the MPV gets the same prominent kidney grilles as the 2 Series Gran Coupe, while the side mirrors are now attached to the doors rather than the window frame as before.
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BMW looks to have increased the car’s footprint and broadened its stance, in an effort to make the car appealing to family buyers who would normally opt for an SUV. The glasshouse has changed significantly, too, giving the sides of the car a sportier profile compared with the airy look of the current model.
Our spy shots also show how the car’s wheelbase has grown slightly, while its front and rear overhangs have shrunk. This should create a little more space in the cabin, although a seven-seat version remains unlikely.
For now, the only images we have of the rear of the 2 Series Active Tourer are camouflaged spy shots, so alterations are harder to pick out. However, the tail lights seem to have a new, slimmer design not too dissimilar to the current 1 Series.
We haven’t seen inside the new 2 Series Active Tourer, either, but the previous-generation interior architecture of the old car will be ditched in favour of the design and technology used in the latest 1 Series and 2 Series Gran Coupe. A more angular look will be applied, with a larger central touchscreen for the iDrive infotainment system.
There’s no word yet on the engine line-up, but as the 2 Series Active Tourer is based on the same UKL underpinnings of the 1 Series hatchback, it’s almost certain to share its powertrains. That would mean 1.5-litre three- and 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol units with a variety of power outputs, as well as multiple diesels. A hot version using the 306bhp turbocharged 2.0-litre engine from the M135i seems very unlikely though.
The outgoing car is available as a plug-in hybrid, badged 225xe. The current-generation model uses a 10kWh battery to provide a zero-emissions range of 31 miles.
The same drivetrain also appears in the plug-in hybrid version of the X1 SUV and will likely be carried forward into the next-gen Active Tourer unchanged, linking a 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine to an electric motor, with a 220bhp power output and sending drive to all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic gearbox.
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