The next BMW 2 Series Active Tourer is supposed to be more handsome than the current MPV. The second edition – codename U08 – will arrive in 2021 and is based on an optimized version of the current front-wheel drive platform. At the same time, the Gran Tourer is being scraped and won’t follow the steps of the smaller Active Tourer.
The next 2 Series Active Tourer will be able to increase its length and wheelbase, this means more space for the rear passengers and in the luggage compartment. There is little change in positioning also: the price range reaches from just under 30,000 to just over 40,000 euros.
The highlights of the future Active Tourer include new LED and OLED lights, navigation and control systems, a new display technology building on micro-optics and holography, and a head-up display with augmented-reality representation. In doing so, an additional display level is introduced, which provides important information on the current driving situation in the primary field of view. The gesture control introduced in the 7er is enhanced by additional touch-sensitive input functions and in the second step by an integrated view control.
The drive technology of the next 2 Series Active Tourer will not change much. Petrol and diesel will produce more power and torque, the plug-in hybrid is combined with the 48-volt electrical system, and 252 hp 230i is available on demand.The electrified rear axle has been maintained, with the 65 kW electric motor being replaced by a stronger 80 kW engine. An M Performance version with all-wheel drive and up to 300 HP strong 2.0-liter four-cylinder is conceivable, but not yet greenlit.
As part of the Active Drive offensive, additional stability control systems are developed, of which especially the brake-by-wire technology is also relevant for the front-wheel drive. Here, stability control and brake system in a single electro-hydraulic unit are combined, which has no brake booster, vacuum pump, cables and control devices. The lightweight and compact component shortens the stopping distance by rapid pressure build-up.
The current 2 Series Active Tourer has been successful in Europe, which will likely remain the main market for the quirky, yet practical and premium minivan.