BMW is busy this month. It features a heavily redesigned 2 Series Active Tourer version.
i.e., it is claiming “significant” advances in key areas and specifications, some of which you previously enjoyed only on larger, more expensive models.
A “major” factor was the launch of the brand’s OS 8 and the new generation of iDrive control systems.
Until now, the advanced system was only available on the electric BMW iX and i4. The same goes for a range of driver assistance systems.
The new architecture is designed to accommodate electrified powertrains as well as conventional engines.
With the new engine, it has second-generation 48v mild-hybrid technology and a 7spd Steptronic dual-clutch transmission as standard.
Currently, there are two petrol and one diesel engine options, but two plug-in hybrids will be available in the summer.
They will have fifth-generation BMW eDrive technology to extend electric range.
Meanwhile, the latest 2-series Coupé has an excellent little driver in it among others.
It’s the M240i xDrive Coupé, all-wheel drive, 374 hp. What a car its current equivalent was. There’s a wide range of driver assistance systems and the latest connectivity innovations.
The Coupé range is the only model in its segment to feature an inline six-cylinder engine. Onboard technology includes BMW Operating System 7.
While the M240i xDrive Coupé, powered by a 374-hp inline-six, is at the top of the range, you can also get 4-wheel petrol and diesel versions within the standard spec. M Sport.
The new 2 Series Coupé is produced at the BMW Group plant in Mexico.
* Nissan is also busy. It is to launch a new variant of the popular Juke with a hybrid version that produces more power and consumes less fuel. The compact crossover combines a 1.6-liter gasoline engine with 92 hp and a 48-horsepower electric motor for a total system output of 140 hp.
Consumption is said to be around 5 liters per 100km while CO2 emissions are capped at 118 g/km.
Accompanying the new hybrid are a number of changes inside and out. It has made the lower bodywork more aerodynamic. Undoubtedly, improved airflow and reduced drag also contribute to lower fuel consumption.
For decorative purposes, and in case you weren’t aware, they feature hybrid badges on the front and rear doors.
Meanwhile, the front grille has a new Nissan logo. Inside, there’s a new set of dials behind the steering wheel, along with other items, a power meter and a battery charge level indicator.
There is also a driving mode selector that you can use to switch it to 100pc EV mode.
The hybrid powertrain stems from the brand’s alliance with Renault. Engines and engines come from Nissan.
The transmission, water-cooled 1.2kWh battery and 15kW starter generator come from Renault. The vehicle can be started purely electrically.
There is a downside is that the trunk space is cut by 68 liters to 354 liters compared to the Juke 1-liter turbocharged petrol engine. That is to enable the 1.2kWh battery pack.
Nissan countered the loss by saying the 1,237 liters available when the rear seats are lowered still gives it an edge over its rivals.
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