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BMW 2 Series Active Tourer and Gran Tourer get tweaks for 2018

BMW 2 Series Active Tourer and Gran Tourer get tweaks for 2018

THE vehicle that BMW once said it would never build, the front-driving BMW 2 Series Active Tourer, has had a major makeover in its bid to keep wooing new buyers to the badge.

First launched in 2014 and based on the same front/all-wheel drive UKL2 platform as the MINI Countryman and BMW X1 (and soon the X2), the five-seat 2 Series Active Tourer measures just 4.35 metres long and offers cargo space ranging from 468 to 1510 litres. The new versions will go on sale starting this March. The conquest rate is also extremely high, with more than 70 per cent of customers new to the BMW brand.

The five-seat 2 Series Active Tourer and the seven-seat Gran Tourer have fortunately been treated by BMW with explanatory infographics - see them in the gallery below - so you'll be able to study in depth the exact modifications.

The usual facelift titivations apply, with a new front end created to look wider with its single piece air intake and updated kidney grille, tweaked back end with bigger exhaust pipes (and twin ones on four-cylinder cars) and a couple of new colours - Jucaro Beige and Sunset Orange.

2018 BMW 2 Series Active Tourer
BMW 2 Series Active Tourer and Gran Tourer get tweaks for 2018

LED or Adaptive LED tech with anti-dazzle high-beam is now available for the twin circular headlights, and at the rear there's new rear bumper trim and bigger (90mm) exhaust outlets, of which there are now two for all four-cylinder models. Among the highlights we can note the arrival of the Jucaro Beige and Sunset Orange shades, along with a total of six new alloy wheel designs with dimensions from 17 to 19 inches. BMW Australia doesn't offer the hatch here with the six-speed manual gearbox that's an option in other markets.

All diesel models now feature a particulate filter, NOx absorber catalyst, and an AdBlue selective catalytic reduction system.

Under the bonnet, upgraded petrol and diesel engine options help lower emissions and fuel consumption thanks to a reworked turbo among other alterations.

The Steptronic dual-clutch comes standard on the 220i, whereas the torque-converter automatic is teamed up with the engines in the 225i xDrive and 220d. Last but not least, the latest iDrive system will be included alongside optional navigation systems with 6.5 or 8.8-inch touchscreen, voice control and iDrive operation with touch-sensitive interface.

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