The BMW 2 Series Grand Tourer has been given a mild update; but can you spot the differences? For 2018, the German automaker gave their seven-seat MPV a bit of a nip and tuck inside and out. It's not just the seven seater that gets a mild facelift, the five-seat Active Tourer gets similar changes as well.
One may need eagle eyes to see the exterior tweaks, but we'll lay it down for you. At the front is a wide, single-piece air intake and a slightly reshaped kidney grille. Headlights are mildly redesigned too, now featuring a more angular set of 'corona rings' which serves as the car's daytime running lights. These updates are applied to both the Gran and Active Tourer.
Changes are even more subtle at the rear end. It's only the rear bumper that gets updated for the 2018 model year with a remoulded lower apron. As part of the facelift, there are a new set of alloy wheels to choose from, as well as the addition of color choices. Other than that, the rest of the car carries over mostly unchanged.
In tune with the mild exterior updates, the cabin get slightly redesigned bits. For starters, there is a new instrument cluster which now follows the look of newer BMW offerings. The other change is a new gear selector for automatic transmission cars. An electro-mechanical unit makes way for the conventional mechanical selector. Also, new trimmings are on offer depending on the model line selected.
According to BMW, the three and four cylinder turbocharged gas engines have been modified for better thermal efficiency, which is said to pay off in fuel economy. On the other hand, diesels get more significant upgrades with the addition of a diesel particulate filter, NOX absorber catalyst and SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) system, which uses urea solution (AdBlue) injection to effectively reduce nitrogen oxides in the car’s exhaust gases. All four-cylinder diesels are now twin-turbocharged.
While design tweaks are minor, the addition of a plug-in hybrid model to the range is perhaps the most vital inclusion in the facelifted Gran Tourer and Active Tourer. Dubbed the 225xe iPerformance, BMW claims an electric range of 45 kilometres, along with a total system output of 224 PS. As for fuel economy, the company says it can do up to 43.5 kilometers per liter in optimum driving conditions. With these figures, the BMW 225xe is not only the most efficient BMW MPV available, but also the most powerful.