New 2 Series Active Tourer: The iDrive with BMW OS 8 is now standard from 34,750 euros

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In February 2022, BMW will be following the purely electric iX and i4, which are located in the upscale segment, with the new 2 Series Active Tourer, a significantly cheaper vehicle that will be equipped with the new iDrive infotainment system including BMW OS 8 as standard. There will also be the Digital Key Plus with UWB (test).

So far, entry only from 58,300 euros in the i4

Anyone who wanted to have the latest iDrive infotainment system with BMW OS 8 at BMW so far had to resort to the purely electric iX from 77,300 euros or the equally electric i4 from 58,300 euros. BMW is now saying goodbye to the top-down principle for new equipment with the presentation of the new 2nd generation of the 2 Series Active Tourer, the market launch of which is planned for February 2022 at prices starting at 34,750 euros. With the same model variant (218i), that’s 2,350 euros more than BMW has been calling for the 1st generation (F45) so far, but the new series comes to dealers with significantly upgraded standard equipment, which should more than compensate for the surcharge. Specifically, this applies above all to the latest generation of infotainment systems with BMW OS 8, which are fitted as standard in all versions with two curved screens.

The source of inspiration was the iX

The iX’s DNA is reflected in the interior of the new 2 Series Active Tourer. The curved screens, which measure 10.25 inches for the information display in front of the driver and 10.7 inches for the control display on the center console, immediately catch the eye. The infotainment system runs the BMW OS 8, the manufacturer’s latest operating system, which provides customizable tiles for the most important functions and personal preferences on the home screen and is based on smartphone operating systems when setting up with an app drawer and notification center. Operation is primarily via touch and voice; there is also a new control element on the right-hand side of the steering wheel for settings on the information display.

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Center console with smartphone holder

The center console thus dispenses with the well-known iDrive controller, instead there are now controls for the automatic (7-speed Steptronic), which is always standard, the volume, the start / stop button, the hazard warning lights and the “My Modes”, which are known as Themes for the infotainment system can be understood. Individually selected vehicle settings can be combined there with “interior worlds of experience”.

BMW has assembled the keypad on a newly designed center console, which, when viewed from the side, appears to be largely floating, just as BMW does with the iX. The space under the armrest can be used as a shelf, in the area in front there is space for two cupholders. Directly behind or in front of it is a new shelf for your own smartphone, which is held in position by a bracket at an angle in the field of vision of the driver and front passenger. Optionally, the smartphone can also be charged wirelessly in this holder. Services such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto can be brought into the vehicle wirelessly via the smartphone, and a total of four USB-C ports and one 12-volt connection each on the center console and in the luggage compartment are available in the car.

  • BMW 2 Series Active Tourer (2022)

    BMW 2er Active Tourer (2022) (Image: BMW)

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    Digital Key Plus available with UWB

    The integration of the smartphone continues with the support of ultra-broadband (UWB) for the second generation digital car key. BMW is now also optionally offering the Digital Key Plus, which was previously only available for the iX and i4, in the 2 Series Active Tourer class. The vehicle can see with a precision of a few centimeters where the driver is approaching and at what distance he is. When you approach the vehicle, a “Welcome Scenario” starts with light and unlocking. In the last step, the car can be started using the smartphone or smartwatch without having to put the devices in the charging cradle, as was the case last year.

    The car takes selfies and has 5G

    The services installed ex works for the BMW OS 8 primarily include the cloud-based navigation system BMW Maps, which was first introduced for the BMW OS 7 in October of last year with the Remote Software Upgrade (RSU) 07/20. Regular RSUs are also planned for the BMW OS 8, such as those that the iX will receive in March and July of next year. RSUs are downloaded via 5G, which can optionally be expanded via the Personal eSIM for additional services such as a 5G hotspot in the car. BMW also offers optional services such as an augmented reality view on the central control display, which places navigation arrows and similar information over a view of the front camera. Speaking of cameras: with the help of an interior camera, snapshots of the occupants can be made with a voice command and interior recordings can be sent to the smartphone for monitoring, for example.

    BMW 230e xDrive Active Tourer (2022)

  • BMW 230e xDrive Active Tourer (2022)

    BMW 230e xDrive Active Tourer (2022) (Image: BMW)

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    More standard assistance systems

    With the assistance systems of the 2 Series Active Tourer, BMW also offers more than before as standard ex works. The standard equipment includes, among other things, the cruise control with braking function and the front collision warning, whose range of functions now also includes the detection of oncoming traffic when turning left and pedestrians or cyclists when turning right. The Parking Assistant, including a reversing camera and reversing assistant, is also on board as standard. Options include the steering and lane guidance assistant, active cruise control with stop & go function, active navigation guidance, exit warning, a head-up display and the functions Surround View, Remote 3D View, BMW Drive Recorder and Remote Theft recorder to choose from. With “Functions on Demand”, buyers and future owners have the option of booking and installing selected functions at a later date.

    Further standard equipment features include full LED headlights (adaptive LED headlights optional), 16-inch or 17-inch light alloy wheels, depending on the model variant, automatic tailgate operation, 2-zone automatic air conditioning, a sports steering wheel and a rain sensor with automatic driving lights control.

    Two plug-in hybrids follow four combustion engines

    The new 2 Series Active Tourer will kick off on February 26, 2022 with the 218i (34,750 euros), the 220i (36,750 euros), the 223i (41,000 euros) and the 218d (38,550 euros). In the summer of 2022, two plug-in hybrid models with all-wheel drive instead of front-wheel drive will follow: the 225e xDrive (43,950 euros) and the 230e xDrive (47,550 euros). A new version of the 48-volt mild hybrid technology is also celebrating its premiere in the 223i and 220i. The electric motor integrated in the automatic transmission supports the combustion drive with an output increased to 14 kW / 19 PS.

    BMW 223i Active Tourer (2022)

  • BMW 223i Active Tourer (2022)

    BMW 223i Active Tourer (2022) (Image: BMW)

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    ComputerBase received information on this item from BMW during an event organized by the manufacturer in Kirchheim near Munich under NDA. The costs for travel to and from the site were borne by BMW. There was no influence on the part of the manufacturer or an obligation to report.

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