BMW's first front-wheel drive vehicle gets a refresh for its 2019 model year. Initially, there were rumors that the 2 Series Gran Tourer, along with the shorter 2 Series Active Tourer, would be discontinued before the decade ends. These photos from our spies prove otherwise.
The 2 Series Active Tourer and Gran Tourer are also the German automaker's first foray into the multi-purpose vehicle segment. Active Tourer denotes five seats while Gran Tourer means seven seats (optional). A significant amount of cover on the bumpers, as well as the headlights, hint key changes to the said MPVs.
There were two types of 2 Series Gran Tourers spotted by our spies. One comes with an M Sport package while the other one is its less sporting variant, likely an entry-level model. The base 2 Series Active Tourer sports halogen headlights with LEDs being an option. It does come with LED daytime running lights while the covers surrounding the said headlights suggest that there are some minor changes made. The kidney grill is also covered and it is likely to follow the look of the current X1. That means a larger, wider design. As for the bumpers, expect small changes to the air intake design and fog light housings.
Moving to the M Sport variants, these can come with the new LED headlights. The signature corona rings are now more angular than before and the lights themselves are housed within a separate unit. Like the entry-level variant, the M Sport will also come with a new grill and expect the bumpers to follow the shape of the current design language. Interior tweaks are also to be expected, as well as a new range of colors and wheel design choices.
Engines on the other hand are likely to be carried over from the current range. That means turbocharged three and four-cylinder gas engines, as well as three and four-cylinder turbodiesels. Front-wheel drive will be the standard drivetrain with xDrive all-wheel drive being an option. The base engine is a 1.5-liter TwinPower Turbo unit derived from Mini with two 2.0-liter options with different power outputs serving as mid-range and top-spec engines.