The BMW 2 Series Active Tourer will be facelifted in 2018 with visual and technical updates.
Photos of a development car spotted testing in Germany show that much of the design tweaks will be focused around the car’s headlights and bumpers.
The changes will most likely mirror those recently applied to the BMW 4 Series, which received new LED day running lights and LED indicators.
Inside, the 2 Series Active Tourer is expected to receive a similar refresh with the latest version of the iDrive infotainment system, while BMW will add driver assist programmes to the car’s current kit list, which already includes adaptive cruise control (ACC) and parking assist.
The front-wheel-drive MPV isn’t expected to get any new engines, and this test car is running in 224bhp 225xe M Sport guise, which is the current top of the range plug-in hybrid (PHEV) model.
Its powertrain combines BMW’s 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine with an electric motor, and it’s related to the hybrid system of the i8. However, the front-engined 2 Series uses petrol power for the front wheels while its electric eAxle drives the rears – the i8 is the opposite.
Models below the PHEV in the 2 Series Active Tourer range are expected to retain the current line-up of turbocharged three and four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines, which come in 1.5 and 2.0-litre capacities. As such, the entry-level price shouldn’t change much - the 2 Series Active Tourer currently costs £23,880 in its most basic 218i SE form.
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