BMW’s 2 Series Active Tourer finally gets its first ever mid-cycle update, and if we could describe the facelift in one word, we would say that it was very “discreet”. This minivan isn’t just the first for BMW, but it also marks their first attempt to do a front wheel drive too.
Both variants, namely the five seater 2 Series Active Tourer, as well as the seven seat Gran Tourer, will be getting the new paint scheme of Jucaro Beige and Sunset Orange, together with the six new options for alloy wheels that vary in size from 17 to 19 inches.
When looking at it from the outside, the changes are very hard to see, which is why we are going to point them out for you. First, the LED headlights have a more hexagonal shape like the new BMW models, while the rear features light emitting diodes that exhibit different graphics. The kidney grille, single-piece air intake, and LED fog lamps are also new here.
BMW also installed larger exhaust tips, and they can even install a dual exhaust setup if you get the four-cylinder model. The M Sport Package has also been revised on the 2 Series Active Tourer / Gran Tourer.
Because these changes are hardly noticeable, the new exterior may not be that appealing to lure many customers to buy the updated model. However, there are more important changes you should know of, such as the availability of the seven-speed, dual-clutch Steptronic gearbox, or the six-speed manual paired with the eight-speed Steptronic.
Furthermore, the updated model will be getting the latest iDrive technology, where customers can choose from either a 6.5 inch or an 8.8 inch touchscreen that has voice control functions.
Under the hood of the 2 Series models, BMW’s engineers tweaked the turbocharger, crankshaft, valve train, and cooling system of the models to enhance efficiency.
Depending on which engine the customer chooses, the Active Tourer could have an output of 109 horsepower (80 kilowatts). It can also reach up to 231 horsepower (170 kilowatts). On the other hand, the Gran Tourer’s output can range from 109 horsepower (80 kilowatts) to 192 horsepower (141 kilowatts). For those who would like to prioritize fuel economy, there is also the 225xe iPerformance plug-in hybrid variant that will be available. When on hybrid mode, this is capable of reaching 28 miles (45 kilometers) on battery and consumes as low as 2.3 liters / 100 kilometers (102.2 miles per gallon).
The BMW minivans will be available in Europe this March following the sales of over 380,000 units of the pre-facelifted model from 2014 to 2017.