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BMW reveals all-new 2 Series Active Tourer

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German luxury car maker BMW has unveiled the second-generation 2 Series Active Tourer. It replaces the original model, which has been on sale since 2014. The new model previews the manufacturer's latest design language and includes a host of technical updates. Let's take a look at the fresh Mercedes-Benz B-Class competitor.

DESIGN

The 2 Series Active Tourer now features flush fitting door handles (much like the examples fitted to the latest Mercedes S-Class) and a far larger Kidney Grille which, says BMW, gives the MPV greater road presence. The more angular design can also be seen on the recently launched X3 LCI. A Luxury Line and M Sport Kit will be available, with the sportier M Sport receiving a body kit and stylish alloy wheels. The BMW roundel is also recessed on this trim line. Optionally, Adaptive LED headlamps are available. The brand claims that the drag coefficient figure is as low as 0,26. 16 or 17-inch alloy wheels are fitted as standard, with up to 19-inches available as an option.

INTERIOR

A redesigned interior jettisons the 2 Series Active Tourer seemingly into the future. The clean, minimalist cabin has more in common - design wise - with the latest all-electric BMW iX than it does with the 1 Series and 2 Series Coupe, for example. That's because BMW has styled the innards of the premium MPV with "modern geometry" and a BMW Curved Display in the style of the aforementioned iX SUV. Seating five, BMW promises enhanced comfort and plenty of storage options. Interestingly, boot space varies depending on which model you have. The 218i Active Tourer boasts 470 - 1 455 litres. The 220i and 223i models have a touch less space; 415 - 1 405 litres. An added convenience is a standard electrically operated tailgate. Sensatec (faux leather) or leather are available as an optional extra.

ENGINES

At launch, just four engine choices will be made available; three petrol and one diesel. The oil-burner, the 218d, produces 110 kW and 360 Nm of torque. Fuel economy is rated at between 4.8 L - 5.3 L/100 km. The petrol line-up kicks off with the 218i. Powered by a three-cylinder petrol, it produces 100 kW and 230 Nm of torque. Despite being the least powerful in the range, it still hits 100 km/h in 9.0 seconds.

Those seeking more power and performance may want to look at the 220i and 223i. The former also uses a three-cylinder petrol engine, but produces more power and torque (125 kW/280 Nm) courtesy of 48V mild-hybrid technology. The 223i also utilises this technology, only here it's mated to a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder engine which produces 160 kW and 360 Nm of torque. 0-100 km/h is dispatched in 7.0 seconds. All models are fitted with a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox.

BMW plans on adding two electrified models in 2022; the 230e xDrive Active Tourer and 225e xDrive Active Tourer. These Plug-in hybrid models promise stellar fuel consumption and impressive performance.

BMW South Africa is yet to comment on whether the 2 Series Active Tourer will be made available locally.

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