According to the UK's Car magazine, the seven-seat variant of the 2 Series will be unveiled during the early part of the northern summer of 2015. It's unclear when, or even if, Australia will receive the lengthened 2 Series MPV.
As you can see in these pictures captured by our spy photographers, the new 2 Series MPV variant will feature both a lengthened wheelbase and an enlarged rear overhang. These changes have necessitated longer rear doors and a reworked side window arrangement.
If the British report is on the money, the long wheelbase 2 Series MPV will be offered in both five- and seven-seat variants, although the availability of the former will be vary depending on the market. Entry and exit from the third row of seats will be aided by a sliding second row of pews, fitted with tilting seat backs.
Based on the front-engine, front-wheel drive UKL platform that underpins both the new Mini hatches and 2 Series Active Tourer, the extended wheelbase MPV is likely to feature the same range of the turbocharged three- and four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines.
Over the course of this generation, BMW expects to sell around 300,000 2 Series Active Tourers and 200,000 of its lengthened sibling.