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First pictures: New BMW 2-Series Active Tourer

BMW has revealed its new 2-Series Active Tourer, with the five-seater coming with a pair of plug-in hybrid powertrains, alongside petrol and diesel offerings.

The car is available to order now, and due to arrive in the UK next March in petrol and diesel form, with the PHEVs following in early summer.

Those plug-ins get a big range boost over the current model, which has a range of 32 miles. The new model goes up to a maximum of 49 miles, giving it a healthy four-band drop in BiK. The two PHEVs are the 326hp 230e xDrive and the 225e xDrive with 245hp, and they join the 218d, 220i and 223i models.

The 150hp 218d is the most efficient, with the diesel engine offering CO2 emissions from 125g/km, while the 170hp 220i goes from 133g/km and the 218hp 223i is from 137g/km. The lower petrol is the entry point to the range at £30,265, rising by just over £1500 to the diesel and another £895 to the 223i. The petrol engines get mild hybrid tech to provide a modest efficiency boost and 19hp of extra performance, and all models come with the seven-speed Steptronic automatic transmission.

The Active Tourer is the first compact BMW to get the latest Operating System 8, which comes with the new iDrive control system and curved display of 10.7 inches, alongside the 10.25-inch dashboard. Up to now, it’s only appeared on the iX and i4 EVs coming late this year.

Connectivity includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard, as well as over-the-air software updates, and the three trim levels of Sport, Luxury and M Sport will be offered. The entry model gets 17-inch alloys, LED headlights and Parking Assistance with reversing camera as standard, with heated front leather seats among the upgrades for Luxury trim and the M Sport getting adaptive suspension, adaptive LED headlights, wireless charging and keyless entry.

The seven-seat 2-Series Gran Tourer is not being replaced.


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