2018 BMW 2 Series Active Tourer, 2 Series Gran Tourer get tame facelift

Spotting the changes will test you, but we’ll guide you through

Halfway through their career, the 2018 BMW 2 Series Active Tourer and 2 Series Gran Tourer are granted the customary nip and tuck. Visually, the two Bavarians are mildly tweaked, but the list of changes doesn’t stop there.

On the outside, both models get a single-piece air intake up front, and a more pronounced kidney grille and the exhaust tailpipes are now larger. BMW says it introduced two new body hues – Jucaro Beige and Sunset Orange – followed by six new wheel designs available in 17-, 18- and 19-inch sizes. Moreover, the optional LED and Adaptive LED headlights feature a hexagonal look.

On the engine front, the 2018 BMW 2 Series Active Tourer can deliver between 80 kW/109 hp and 170 kW/231 hp, while the 2018 BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer can be had in power output flavors ranging between 80 kW/109 hp and 141 kW/192.

Coming to complement the eight-speed Steptronic transmission and the six-speed manual offering is BMW’s seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox – the 220i gets it as standard, while 225i xDrive and 220d rely on the eight-speed auto in standard guise.

Tech and connectivity-wise, both models offer Apple CarPlay and inductive charging for compatible devices, while the safety suite can be extended with the optional Driving Assistant Plus pack to include the likes of Active Cruise Control and Traffic Jam Assistant.

BMW’s 2018 2 Series Active Tourer and Gran Tourer will go on sale in March 2018. So far, BMW has sold 380,000 units of its premium Sports Activity Tourer (SAT), with the bulk heading to Germany, China and Great Britain – in this particular order.

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