Facelifted BMW 2-Series Active And Gran Tourer Unveiled, Can You Tell What’s Different?

BMW has given its two compact MPVs, the 2-Series Active Tourer and 2-Series Gran Tourer, a lot of updates for the new MY.

The facelifted models feature a few modest styling tweaks compared to the current ones, which include a larger kidney grille, more generous air intakes at the front, new LED fog lamps, and tweaked lighting units on both ends.

Customers can choose from one of the 13 exterior colors available, including the new Jucaro Beige and Sunset Orange, in addition to a wider selection of light alloy wheels, with six new designs, ranging between 16 and 19 inches in size.

Longer seat cushions make the front seats more comfortable, and there are plenty of new materials to select, alongside different combinations in cloth, cloth/Sensatec, Alcantara and Dakota leather.

BMW ConnectedDrive Services and the latest-gen iDrive infotainment system, with navigation, voice control, and iDrive operation with touch-sensitive interface, can be found inside as well.

BMW has also made the cockpit of the two minivans more driver-oriented, by tilting the center console towards them. Users will also notice that there’s a new electronic selector lever in variants fitted with the 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox or 8-speed auto.

The former is available for the first time in the 2-Series Active Tourer and Gran Tourer, and gets a longer ratio 7th speed for improved economy on long journeys. This transmission joins the already available 8-speed automatic, and 6-speed manual.

Petrol and diesel engines feature various modifications, producing between 109PS (107hp) and 231PS (228hp), boasting improved fuel-efficient. The units also emit less CO2 than before, from 112 to 147 g/km, depending on the model. Moreover, all diesels now feature a particulate filter, and four-cylinder oil burners get two turbochargers.

The BMW 2-Series Active Tourer 225XE iPerformance PHEV remains part of the offering, and it still churns out 224PS (221hp) and 385Nm (284lb-ft) of torque. It needs 6.7sec to accelerate from 0 to 100km/h (62mph), and adds a few kilometers to its zero-emission range, from 41km (25 miles) to 45km (28 miles).

Driver assistance systems include the Traffic Jam Assistant, which keeps the vehicle in its lane at speeds of up to 60km/h (37mph), and Active Cruise Control, both part of the optional Driving Assistant Plus package.

BMW is asking at least £25,840 ($34,992) for the entry-level 2-Series Active Tourer 216d, while the 225xe model can be had from £34,485 ($46,699) in the United Kingdom. The 2-Series Gran Tourer, on the other hand, stretches between £27,705 ($37,518) for the 216d, and £31,435 ($42,569) for the 220i.

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  • Miknik

    “..Can You Tell What’s Different?”

    No. Not even after close inspection.

    • Bo Hanan

      I was just thinking you really have to look hard to spot the extra 1.5 inches of length on the “Grand Tourer” version, which I believe is the ugly one in blue.

      • Miknik

        It is.

        A 7 seat, 3 cyliner, FWD MPV; Isn’t that your dream BMW? 😉

    • Kevin Tay

      Image 97 pretty much answers the question.

  • Christian Wimmer

    Nope.

  • StrangerGP

    “Larger BMW grille creates greater presence” nope it makes the front even uglier

  • Marty

    I think the design of the Tourer is a massive fail that a facelift can’t fix.
    They know how to design nice wagons, and they know how to design nice SUVs, so it’s a mystery that they can’t mix that into a MPV that looks good.

  • MultiKdizzle

    Apalling.

  • roy

    Well for one thing it looks even more like a Kia now. Good for Kia, not so much for bmw.

    • Marty

      Especially since the Kia Carens is the better looking of the two.

      • roy

        Totally

  • alexxx

    Let me take a microscope to spot the differences…
    Interior is nice though…

    • Miknik

      The interior is nice because this are loaded to the brim with options. A base model does unfortunately not look any better than the average bread and butter brand. I also find it appalling if car manufacturers can’t hide the bare metal inner window frame on the doors at this price point (a cheapo Ford Focus, costing a fraction of a loaded 2 series GT, can hide that, behind a black plastic frame e.g.)

  • fathornyblackandjoe

    OK, OK, I get it…minivans are full of design challenges. But still…really? I mean…there is almost nothing that looks good on the exterior of this car. The straight on back view is fine, I guess. And a few of the wheel choices are interesting. The shape of the tail lights aren’t ugly. But the front and rear quarter views are both so full of just plain awkward lines…where to even start? The headlights are too bulbous. The character lines on the doors and above the rear arches seem gimmicky, maybe even superfluous.

    This just looks like “same sausage, different size”-design taken too far.

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