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BMW UK has announced the late September availability of the new 2 Series Active Tourer, second version of the 2 Series range. The new BMW 2 Series Active Tourer sees the Munich-based marque for the first time expand its portfolio to introduce front-wheel-drive and three cylinder engines in the line-up.

In overall dimensions, the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer measures 4,342mm long in length, 1,800mm width and 1,555mm in height. From the low-rise double kidney grille, which is positioned lower than the headlights, a feature normally only found on BMW coupés, to the steeply raked windscreen and clearly defined and sculpted bonnet, the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer has a low-slung, sporty appearance.

Balance, as always in a BMW, is key and the short overhangs are classic BMW styling cues while the long wheelbase, wedge profile, L-shaped rear lights, crisp contours and eye-catching swage lines give the car a well-liked impact and athletic appearance.

The tailgate, with its low sill and wide aperture, gives easy access to the load compartment, while vertical air-deflecting aeroblades on either side of the rear window along with a rear spoiler add style while contributing to impressive aerodynamic efficiency. The dynamic look is even carried over to the rear windscreen wiper, which at rest remains hidden inside the rear spoiler. These elements contribute to a drag coefficient of just 0.26. Completing the Active Tourer’s motifs is the Sport 17-inch, Luxury 17-inch or 18-inch M wheels; depending on versions.

BMW 2 Series Active Tourer: Overall Interior practicality and a true active lifestyle oriented SAV

Inside, there is a large glass area that ensures a light and airy cabin, which is further enhanced by an optional panoramic roof. Additionally, the triangle windows, both of which also improve all-round visibility. The driver looks at the horizontally structured, layer-styled instrument panel and is wrapped in a driver-centric cockpit. Higher seating position ensures better visibility and easier getting in and out. Speaking of getting in and out, the said ‘luxury-class’ legroom in the Active Tourer, particularly in the rear, makes it a perfect fixture for those with active lifestyles and family activities.

The boot space is possible to be enlarged from 468 to 1,510 liters, with a flat loading floor, and the 40:20:40 split-folding rear backrest fitted as standard exemplify this version’s everyday practicality. Meanwhile, the broad, wide-opening tailgate, accessed with a push button or smart-opener function, gives plenty of access to the SAV’s large enough trunk. Furthermore, there’s a foldable boot floor with a handy multifunction tray for even more small items storage.

Relevant interior features include dual-zone automatic air conditioning, rear Park Distance Control, BMW Emergency Call, 40:20:40 split folding rear seat with electronic folding & 60:40 sliding rear bench, BMW Professional radio with single CD player, BMW Connected Drive, 6.5-inch monitor, DAB digital radio, Performance Control, Comfort Go keyless engine start, and the Drive Performance Control with ECO PRO, Comfort and Sport modes.

The BMW 218i Active Tourer is powered by a new three-cylinder bi-turbo engine that churns 136 hp and 220 Nm of torque between 1,250 – 4,300 rpm. CO2 emissions is earmarked at 115g/km. For the 218d, power is pushed up to 150 hp and torque is up to 330 Nm, thanks to the turbocharged, common rail direct-injected diesel powerplant. Emissions is reduced to as low as 109g/km in the diesel versions. Three transmission types are applicable: six-speed manual, six-speed automatic transmission, and a new eight-speed automatic transmission.

BMW 2 Series Active Tourer with new safety features

New Safety features for the 2 Series Active Tourers include new Parking Assistant and Pedestrian Warning with City Braking function. In the UK, the 2 Series Active Tourer is offered in four variations: BMW 220i, 216d, 220d and 220d xDrive Active Tourer.