A dynamic presence

TONIO DARMANIN drives the new BMW 2 Series Active

We are about to witness the next evolution in the BMW premium compact vehicle segment with the upcoming launch of the second generation BMW 2 Series Active Tourer. The standalone vehicle concept combines spatial functionality with the signature driving qualities of BMW. Precise tweaks to the design for sharper looks, progressive interior styling, uncompli­cated versatility, far wider range of standard equipment than its predecessor, plus innovative powertrain, driver assistance, control/operation and connectivity technology make the all-rounder an even more appealing proposition for active, lifestyle oriented target groups.

Having recently reviewed the company’s flag­ship iX, I was somewhat surprised to see that so many innovations introduced by this model had already permeated down to the UKL platform representing the entry-level BMW models. It is also impressive how much of the technology and sophisticated features that are normally re­served for the larger, more expensive models are now being offered in the smaller BMW range.

The exterior design generates a far greater sense of sportiness and presence to create a modern crossover character using a reduced surface treatment in the new BMW design lan­guage. The striking front end with large BMW kidney grille features slim-contoured full-LED headlights as standard. The Active Tourer now presents a dynamically stretched silhouette, more heavily raked A pillars, long wheelbase and light-alloy wheels up to 19 inches in size as an option. A powerfully styled rear end with slim LED lights and exhaust tailpipes integrated out of sight. A choice of eleven paint finishes for the exterior include the stunning new shade Spark­ling Copper Grey metallic.

There has been a fundamental redesign of the interior. Modern geometry and standard-fitted BMW Curved Display replicate the style of the BMW iX as does the ‘floating’ armrest with inte­grated control panel for new-look gear selector lever, volume control for the audio system and other function buttons. Across-the-board we see a reduction in the number of physical control el­ements, large storage compartments and cup holders, new-style smartphone slot in the centre console’s lower section with the option of wireless charging for compatible phones.

A generously spaced five seats offering no­ticeably superior long-distance comfort includ­ing newly developed multi-adjustable seats with the option of Sensatec perforated and Vernasca leather upholstery variants as well as optional sport seats with prominently contoured side bolsters and shoulder areas. Electric seat ad­justment with memory function and lumbar support including massage function are now available as optional extras. For the first time, the occupant protection concept includes an in­teraction airbag between the front seats.

The load capacity can be expanded from 415 litres to a maximum 1,405 Litres. Rear seat back­rests can be folded down with a 40:20:40 split. Automatic tailgate operation is standard whilst an electrically extending trailer tow hitch is available as an option.

The exceptionally broad standard specifica­tion when compared to the competition also ex­tends far beyond that of the predecessor model and includes two-zone automatic climate con­trol, Sport leather steering wheel, navigation system, Parking Assistant, front collision warn­ing and the latest generation of the iDrive oper­ating system including BMW Curved Display and BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant.

Restructured equipment packages enable specific individualisation. High-quality options such as ambient lighting, a panoramic glass sunroof and a Harman Kardon Sound System add to the premium character.

The new BMW 2 Series Active Tourer blazes a trail with new powertrain technology for en­hancing both driving pleasure and efficiency. New petrol and diesel engines with three or four cylinders. Introduction of new 48V mild hybrid technology generating a greater power boost. More advanced seven-speed Steptronic dual-clutch transmission as standard in all model variants. Plug-in hybrid models feature fifth generation BMW eDrive technology for the first time.

Extensive upgrade of chassis technology op­timises the harmonious blend of signature BMW sporting flair and impressive ride comfort. Extra, lift-related damping at the front axle. Near-actuator wheel slip limitation for superior agility, traction and directional stability fitted as standard. Adaptive M suspension with fre­quency-selective damping, sport steering and a 15-millimetre drop in ride height available are being offered as an optional extra. The inte­grated braking system optimises pedal feel and response to braking requests from driver assis­tance systems.

The largest selection of automated driving and parking functions ever available in a compact model from BMW. Standard equipment includes Cruise Control with brake function. Front-colli­sion warning is also included as standard and now detects oncoming traffic when turning left (in countries where vehicles drive on the right) as well as pedestrians or cyclists when turning right. Parking Assistant with Reversing Assist Camera and Reversing Assistant are standard.

Other optional features include Steering and Lane Control Assistant, Active Cruise Control with Stop&Go function, Active Navigation, exit warning function, BMW Head-Up Display, Sur­round View, Remote3D View, BMW Drive Re­corder and a Remote Theft Recorder.

For the first time the new iDrive operating sys­tem has been fitted in a BMW for the premium compact segment. BMW Curved Display forms a fully digital screen grouping comprising a 10.25- inch information display and a control display with a diagonal of 10.7 inches with a consistent focus on touch and voice control.

The new My Modes combine vehicle settings with corresponding configurations for the in­terior experience. A cloud-based BMW Maps navigation system with the option of Augmented View on the control display is also available. BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant offers ex­tended capabilities and an interior camera makes it possible to take snapshots or have pic­tures of the interior sent to the customer’s smartphone. Smartphone integration using Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard and a personal eSIM designed for the new 5G mobile technology can be used in the vehicle.

Initially the new Active Tourer will be avail­able with a choice of 3 petrol and one diesel vari­ants but very soon we will see the introduction to two Plug-in Hybrid variants which will offer and electric range of around 90km and will benefit from the generous grant currently being offers. The new Active Tourer will shortly be available for viewing and a test drive at Muscats Motors.

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