Refresh for BMW 2 Series Active Tourer and Gran Tourer

New looks and technology in mid-life freshening-up of BMW's compact MPV

The BMW 2 Series premium compact MPV has been given a makeover, with new technology and lower exhaust emissions among the improvements.

The most obvious change to the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer and larger Gran Tourer is a more eye-catching front end. There's a more prominent 'double kidney' grille and a wider, single-piece air intake, along with 'hexagonal-look' twin headlights with the option of LED or Adaptive LED technology. A new bumper with larger exhaust outlets rounds off the look at the rear.

There have been changes inside, too. New interior fabric designs use a combination of cloth, leather and BMW's synthetic 'sensatec' material. Since July last year, all models have featured the latest generation of BMW's iDrive Infotainment system, which allows access to ConnectedDrive services. These include real-time traffic information and a Microsoft Exchange e-mail feature.

Fuel-efficiency and power improvements are claimed, too. The 2 Series Active Tourer and Gran Tourer have received technical changes to their engines, with diesel cars built after March 2018 set to use an AdBlue-based emissions reduction system. Every diesel engine now uses twin turbochargers. A new seven-speed dual-clutch Steptronic automatic gearbox is standard on the BMW 220i and all automatic models get a newly designed electronic selector lever.

BMW says the UK is the third-largest market for the 2 Series Active Tourer and Gran Tourer, with 70% of buyers being new to the brand. Deliveries of the updated model are expected to commence in late March, with prices starting at around £26,000 for the SE.

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