Refresh for BMW 2 Series Active Tourer and Gran Tourer

BMW has given its 2 Series Active Tourer its first update since launching in Australia in November 2014

BMW has given its 2 Series Active Tourer its first update since launching in Australia in November 2014

"Produced in Leipzig, the biggest market [for the 2 Series Active Tourer] is Germany, followed by China and other European Union countries", BMW said.

BMW has announced a mild update for its Mercedes B-Class-rivalling 2 Series Active Tourer hatchback, with the refreshed model line-up set to hit Australian showrooms in the middle of the year. The new versions will go on sale starting this March. Since the cars were launched back in 2014, BMW sold over 380,000 units, making them some of the best selling models they have on the roster these days. The conquest rate is also extremely high, with more than 70 per cent of customers new to the BMW brand.

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.

Unfortunately, BMW has only supplied images of the sportier-looking 2 Series Active Tourer fitted with an optional M-Sport package, which among other things adds contrasting black surrounds to the lower air dam where it wraps around the LED daytime running lights. The newly designed rear apron with larger exhaust tailpipes (twin tailpipes for all four-cylinder models) accentuates the car's width.

Helping bump-up its appeal are two new colours to bring 13 exterior paint options in total and six new alloy wheel options ranging from 16- to 19-inches in size. New interior fabric designs use a combination of cloth, leather and BMW's synthetic "sensatec" material.

The M Sport variants get their own front and rear apron style
The M Sport variants get their own front and rear apron style

Australian will still get three engine options.

The facelifted BMW 2 Series Active Tourer has been unveiled with styling tweaks, a new transmission option and other upgrades.

A seven-speed dual-clutch Steptronic gearbox is made available for the first time, and all the petrol and diesel engines benefit from a small improvement in power and economy. The four-cylinder diesel plants, meanwhile, come with a pair of turbochargers.

On the inside, changes include the latest iDrive6 multimedia interface mated to either a 6.5- or 8.8-inch touchscreen with voice control, more BMW ConnectedDrive features, new automatic gear shifter, longer seat cushions and three new seat trims.

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