BMW continues to roll out camo-cladded prototypes of its next 2-Series minivan with our spy photographers nabbing the latest example undergoing winter testing. Aside from adding new photos of BMW’s rival to the Mercedes-Benz B-Class that was renewed just last year, we’ve also heard from our sources that the Active Tourer will likely debut either towards the end of next year or early 2021. [Updated 12/21/2019]
Despite reports about its death, BMW hasn’t given up on the 2-Series Active Tourer. Quite the opposite actually as the redesigned model has been spied undergoing testing.
Dressed in heavy camouflage, the second-generation MPV has an evolutionary design that is sportier than before – as sporty as a minivan can be, of course. One of the biggest changes occurs up front as the model adopts a significantly larger grille. The front end also appears taller than before and this helps to give the model a more crossover-like appearance.
Continuing further back, we can see an angular shoulder line and a revised greenhouse. The model also adopts door-mounted mirrors, a sloping roof and new door handles.
The rear end doesn’t appear to change much as it retains a rakish window, a tailgate-mounted spoiler and a curvaceous bumper. However, the prototype has been equipped with slimmer taillights.
Moving into the cabin, drivers will apparently be treated to a dual display setup that was teased on the iNext concept. As you can see, it features a digital instrument cluster which is positioned next to a widescreen infotainment system.
Elsewhere, there’s an evolutionary center stack and a makeshift center console. The latter features a compact gear selector which helps to free up interior space. Last but not least, we can see new door panels with angular arm rests and metallic accents.
BMW has been tight-lipped about the 2-Series Active Tourer, but it is expected to ride on an updated version of the UKL platform. The model is also expected to grow in size as the larger Gran Tourer variant will reportedly be dropped.
Engine options remain unconfirmed, but we can expect petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid options. There’s no word on specifics, but choices should echo those available on the 1-Series.
As a result, there could be a turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder petrol with 138 hp (103 kW / 140 PS). There could also be a 1.5-liter three-cylinder diesel with 114 hp (85 kW / 116 PS) as well as a 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel with outputs of 148 hp (110 kW / 150 PS) and 187 hp (140 kW / 190 PS).