BMW continues the road development for its second generation 2 Series Active Tourer, slated for a 2021 premiere. The BMW 2 Series Active Tourer was the first MPV of the Bavarians when it was officially introduced back in 2014. Now, a new generation of the compact people carrier is underway and it is programmed to kick in by next year.

The larger Gran Tourer version will be discontinued, with the future 2 Series Active Tourer expected to grow a bit in overall size to make for that demise. As seen from the newest spy shots (which you can see here), the MPV will basically retain its current shape.

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However, it is expected to look more attractive than the F45 generation, thanks to a more crossover-like silhouette and a more dynamic design philosophy.

Some might find the 2 Series Active Tourer an awkward proposal from BMW and it surely needed some interventions to keep it alive for a second generation. But don’t forget the compact MPV could be very good at complementing the X1/X2 family, as it offers greater practicality and variability, an increased luggage space and more room for the passengers in the cabin.

The forthcoming BMW 2 Series Active Tourer will be underpinned by the new FAAR front-drive platform already in use in the new F40 1 Series and F44 2 Series. The front-end will feature new kidney grille with a wider stance and revised headlights inspired by the edgy signature design of the new BMW compact model family.

The 2021 BMW 2 Series Active Tourer is also set to receive an all-new dashboard, which could feature a dual screen layout and no cowling. Additionally, it appears that the compact MPV will also introduce a new electronic gear shifter, similar to the small lever seen on the Volkswagen Golf 8.

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Such a solution, if headed into production, is destined to free up space on the center column and ensure more room for practical storage solutions, like a larger armrest compartment.

The new BMW 2 Series Active Tourer will also receive the company’s brand new OS 7.0 infotainment interface and multiple connectivity, safety and assistance systems.

The engine lineup will certainly comprise fuel-efficient powerplants with up to 4 cylinders, more mild-hybrid options at least for the diesel units and surely a plug-in hybrid variant with all-wheel-drive configuration similar to the current 225xe.

Most variants will be standardly offered with front-wheel-drive traction, whereas the xDrive will be available as an option for the high-end variants, such as the 220d and 225i.

Apart from the 6-speed manual on the low-end models, the new 2 Series Active Tourer will also get the 8-speed Steptronic transmission, set to be standard equipment on the range-topping versions.

Expect the upcoming BMW 2 Series Active Tourer generation to be officially revealed around Spring 2021.