Everything we know on the 2022 BMW 2 Series Active Tourer PHEV [Update]

The new second-generation BMW 2 Series Active Tourer was unveiled this year, and the redesigned model will be available in the first markets in February 2022. BMW Group has planned its launch in the UK in March 2022. A few months after the launch, it plans to introduce the plug-in hybrid variant.

2022 BMW 2 Series Active Tourer PHEV variants

The outgoing 2 Series Active Tourer PHEV comes in one variant – 225xe, while the 2022 2 Series Active Tourer PHEV will have two variants to suit more customers. The all-new plug-in hybrid MPV features the fifth-generation BMW eDrive technology which debuted in the BMW iX3 in 2020. The new-generation eDrive system includes a comprehensively upgraded electric motor, battery pack, and power electronics, and it brings a considerable improvement to the plug-in hybrid MPV’s pure electric range.

2022 BMW 2 Series Active Tourer PHEV front rear
The UK-spec 2022 BMW 2 Series Active Tourer PHEV delivers a pure electric range of 49 miles on the WLTP cycle. Image: BMW Group

The two variants of the new MPV are the BMW 225e xDrive Active Tourer and the BMW 230e xDrive Active Tourer. Both have a 1.5-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine powering the front wheels and an electric motor powering the rear wheels. The base variant’s combined power is 241 bhp, while the top-end variant has a significantly higher combined power – 322 bhp.

Specifications

The launch of the 2 Series Active Tourer PHEV will mark a new era of PHEVs at BMW. This will be the brand’s first fifth-generation plug-in hybrid car. The Gen5 technology brings significant improvements in efficiency and dynamics.

Aspect/SpecificationBMW 225e xDrive Active TourerBMW 230e xDrive Active Tourer
Drivetrain LayoutAWDAWD
Engine1.5L 3-cyl turbocharged petrol1.5L 3-cyl turbocharged petrol
Engine Power100 kW (136 PS/134 bhp)110 kW (150 PS/147 bhp)
Motor Power80 kW (109 PS/107 bhp)130 kW (177 PS/174 bhp)
System Power180 kW (245 PS/241 bhp)240 kW (326 PS/322 bhp)
Combined Fuel Consumption (WLTP)1.4-1.1 L/100 km (201.8 – 256.8 mpg imp)1.4-1.1 L/100 km (201.8 – 256.8 mpg imp)
Combined Electric Power Consumption (WLTP)20.0-17.9 kWh/100 km20.0-17.9 kWh/100 km
Combined CO₂ emissions30-22 g/km30-22 g/km
2022 BMW 2 Series Active Tourer PHEV specifications (Source: BMW Group)

A 14.9 kWh (net)/16.3 kWh (gross) battery pack, located low down in the vehicle’s floor and featuring a particularly flat design, feeds the electric motor. It provides a zero-emissions driving range (WLTP) of up to 50 miles, and the figure applicable for the UK is 49 miles. A 7.4 kW onboard charger allows charging the battery pack from 0 to 100% SoC in around 2.5 hours. Through a household socket, the charging process takes close to 8 hours.

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2022 BMW 2 Series Active Tourer PHEV interior dashboard
The 2022 BMW 2 Series Active Tourer PHEV’s electrification components affect its load capacity and towing capacity. Image: BMW Group

The 2022 BMW 2 Series Active Tourer PHEV lags behind the combustion variant on the load capacity because of the added electrification, not that we weren’t expecting that. The regular and mild-hybrid variants provide up to 470 litres of load capacity that is expandable to up to 1,455 litres. The plug-in hybrid variants have 406 litres of cargo space behind the rear seats, and folding down the rear seats increases the cargo space to 1,370 litres. The towing capacity is 100 kg lower – 1,400 kg (provisional value).

The 2 Series Active Tourer plug-in hybrid should offer the driver benefits that overshadow its limitations. Operating in EV mode feels calmer and more comfortable, which is an asset in luxury cars. The traction battery pack uses the energy usually lost from the friction of braking to recharge itself. Plus, it’s cheaper to drive on electricity than petrol or diesel. There’s also the advantage of privileges at parking spots. Lastly, auxiliary heating and AC are standard features, so the occupants step into the car at the right temperature every time.

Release Date

The company expects to launch the 2022 BMW 2 Series Active Tourer PHEV in Europe during the summer of next year. BMW could price the car from around GBP 35,000. The 2022 BMW 2 Series Active Tourer mild-hybrid’s prices start at GBP 30,265, and is currently available to order. BMW Group offers a total of 17 plug-in hybrid models and sells them in 95 markets across the globe.