2021 BMW 2 Series Active Tourer Grows Up, Adopts SUV Styling Cues

BMW has started testing the second-generation 2 Series Active Tourer MPV and we have the first spy photos to prove it.

Scheduled to enter production in 2021, the all-new 2 Series Active Tourer will undergo significant changes. For starters, it will be bigger than the current model as it will need to replace both the Active Tourer and Gran Tourer minivans.

Given the current state of the market where MPVs are increasingly losing market share to crossovers and SUVs, BMW reportedly decided not to offer a direct successor to the seven-seat 2 Series Gran Tourer version.

Obviously, the growth in dimensions will result in a roomier cabin for both passengers and luggage compared to the current Active Tourer. Expect the 2021 BMW 2 Series Active Tourer to bridge the gap between its predecessor and the larger 2 Series Gran Tourer, adding a few inches both in overall length and wheelbase.

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Known internally by the codename U08, the next-generation BMW 2 Series Active Tourer will be built on an optimized version of the UKL front-wheel-drive platform and will offer gasoline, diesel, and plug-in hybrid powertrains. The PHEV will feature a 48-volt electrical system, a more powerful 80 kW (109 PS / 107 hp) electric motor, and an electrified rear axle thus offering e-AWD.

The 2 Series Active Tourer could gain an M Performance variant for the first time but a decision regarding that is not confirmed yet. Still, if given the green light, the M235i Active Tourer could get the same powertrain from the X2 M35i xDrive, namely a 306 PS (302 hp) 2.0-liter turbo-four and standard all-wheel-drive. In addition, BMW is reportedly planning to offer a Getrag eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission as an option for the first time.

On the tech front, the 2021 BMW 2 Series Active Tourer will offer the latest infotainment and safety systems with highlights expected to include LED and OLED lights, a new display technology based on micro-optics and holography, augmented reality head-up display, gesture control, and additional touch-sensitive input functions, among other things.

It may be too early to talk about the design but judging from these spy shots the next-generation 2 Series Active Tourer seems to adopt an SUV-like stance with more athletic proportions and a higher ride height. We can also spot a massive front grille that appears to be the way to go for future BMW models.

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Photo credits: CarPix & S. Baldauf/SB-Medien for Carscoops

  • Yilmaz Yasar

    Shoulder line and c pillar design details looks horrible someone should warn designers you are working at BMW not chineese company

    • Rimas Kurtinaitis

      The 2er sells like hotcakes in China, though.

      • Joe

        It really doesn’t though.
        The highest monthly Chinese retail volume in the past year for the 2-Series Active Tourer has been 835 units (March, other months ranging from 404-806) and the imported 2-Series Gran Tourer hasn’t been above 100 units in a very long time, compared to similar models like the imported outgoing Mercedes-Benz B-Class hitting over 1300 on a regular basis, VW Golf Sportsvan at 3465 in December, VW Touran at 3283 in May, Honda Jade at 4384 in January, Geely Jiaji at 2096 in May, Buick GL6 at 5179 in December, and imported Citroen C4 Picasso hovering around 20 units a month.
        Granted, the BMW is older and more expensive than most of these, but it’s definitely not a success by any stretch of the word and is consistently BMW’s lowest-selling locally-produced model.
        The 2-Series lineup does tend to sell better than the 1-Series and others in Japan, and is BMW’s 3rd biggest seller behind the 3-Series and X1, and comfortably dominates the B-Class there.

    • Jussi

      Agree with you. Specially MPV’s should have large windows at rear for travelers able to see out well, also because of openness and lightness reason and feeling. Suspension should be comfortable enough instead of too sharp and tight as now. Third important factor is engine and road noise insulation. Hopefully BMW will improve current generations A pillar visibility problem to new coming generation as well.

  • erly5

    Looks horrendous, just like the current versions.

  • driv3r

    The overall shape of the 2 series ActiveTourer seems to have been improved. It looks more compact, not as tall as the current generation and more road-focused. Giving these pictures just a quick look the shape can easily be mistaken for a current generation X1 especially around the rear.
    Hitting high sales volumes with this car until now and having a high rate of attracting new customers to the brand it was quite safe that BMW wouldn’t drop the 2 series AT from their line-up. It will never be the hottest model in their portfolio but it is an important one for sure.

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