2022 BMW 2 Series Active Tourer debuts with a 326 hp PHEV


Anything other than an SUV or a “Crossover” is rather refreshing to see these days. And so, BMW has revealed the second-generation 2 Series Active Tourer with highlights including updated styling, more onboard technology, and of course, more powerful PHEV powertrains. The new 2 Series Active Tourer will go on sale in Europe in February 2022.

The 2 Series Active Tourer continues to be built on the UKL2 platform but has now grown in dimensions, of course. The second-gen model measures 4,386 mm long (+44 mm), 1,824 mm wide (+24 mm) and 1,576 mm tall (+21 mm). The wheelbase, however, remains unchanged at 2,670 mm. The styling updates are fairly obvious; the new model gets a larger Kidney grille, new standard LED headlights (Adaptive LEDs are optional), flush door handles, new taillights, and new wheel designs (16-inch standard, up to 19-inch light-alloys are available). It’s the M Sport package that looks a touch more sporty compared with the Luxury Line. BMW claims that the optimized aerodynamics have resulted in a drag coefficient of 0.26 Cd.

The standard suspension setup is claimed to combine the brand’s customary sporting flair with “impressive levels” of ride comfort in every situation. However, buyers can go for the optional adaptive M suspension that includes frequency-selective damping, sport steering and a 15 mm drop in ride height. BMW says that the steering precision and agility have been enhanced, and an integrated braking system is another new feature, as is the extra, lift-related damping for the front axle. If you’d like to go deeper into the details, download the 36-page document here.

The cabin updates are in line with other latest BMW models. Features include a curved panel on the dashboard—housing a 10.25-inch driver display and a 10.7-inch central infotainment display (as standard); Apple CarPlay & Android Auto connectivity; optional head-up display; optional wireless smartphone charging pad; two-zone automatic climate control; optional sport seats; optional seat heating and massage functions; optional Harman Kardon audio system; up to four USB-C ports, and more.

Standard ADAS include Lane Departure Warning, Evasion Assistant, Front Collision Warning, and Parking Assistant. Options include Steering and Lane Control Assistant, Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go function, Active Navigation, Exit Warning function, Surround View, Remote 3D View, and BMW Drive Recorder and Remote Theft Recorder functions.

The 218i Active Tourer and 218d Active Tourer variants claim a luggage capacity of up to 1,455 litres. But anyway, moving on to the juicy bits of the story, the new 2 Series Active Tourer offers petrol, diesel and petrol-electric PHEV powertrains. Variants at launch will be 218i (100 kW/136 metric hp 1.5L 3-cylinder turbo petrol), 220i (115 kW/156 metric hp 1.5L 3-cylinder turbo petrol with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system), 223i (160 kW/218 metric hp 2.0L 4-cylinder turbo petrol with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system), and 218d (110 kW/150 metric hp 2.0L 4-cylinder turbo diesel). All are paired with a 7-speed DCT.

PHEV powertrains are expected in summer 2022. The 225e xDrive combines a 100 kW (136 metric hp) 1.5L 3-cylinder turbo petrol and an 80 kW (109 metric hp) electric motor for a combined output of 180 kW (245 metric hp). There’ll also be a more powerful 230e xDrive which offers a combined 240 kW (326 metric hp). A 16.3 kWh (14.9 kWh net) battery pack is claimed to offer a pure electric range (WLTP combined) of up to 80 km (50 mi) in the 225e. Max charging capacity is up from 3.7 kW to 7.4 kW.

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