In other parts of the world outside the United States, BMW offers a minivan – actually, two versions. And at the Geneva Motor Show, BMW introduced a minor facelift for both the 2-Series Active Tourer and Gran Tourer.
Set to go on sale later this month, the updated models have been equipped with a new front bumper that has a larger lower air intake. The hatchbacks also have a revised grille and new dual exhaust system on models powered by a four-cylinder engine.
Other notable styling changes include a more aggressive looking M Sport variant and a revised color palette that now includes Jucaro Beige and Sunset Orange. The models can also be equipped with updated LED lighting units and an assortment of restyled wheels ranging in sizes from 17- to 19-inches.
The interior largely carries over but drivers will find more comfortable front seats and updated upholstery. The cars have also been outfitted with the latest iDrive infotainment system and a new electronic gear selector for models equipped with the seven-speed or eight-speed automatic transmission.
Under the hood, BMW installed the latest generation of diesel and petrol engines which feature higher pressure fuel injectors, lighter crankshafts and improved turbochargers. The company says these modifications help to reduce fuel consumption and emissions while also increasing performance by up to 7 PS (5 kW) and 10 Nm (7 lb-ft) of torque.
The entry-level 216i has 109 PS (80 kW) while the 225i xDrive boasts 231 PS (170 kW). On the diesel side, there’s everything from the 216d with 116 PS (85 kW) to the 220d which has 190 PS (140 kW).
The 225xe iPerformance also returns to the lineup with a 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine, an 88 PS (65 kW) electric motor and a 7.6 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. It enables the model to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 6.7 seconds before topping out at 202 km/h (125 mph).