BMW sells a frumpy, front-wheel-drive minivan known as the 2-Series Active Tourer in some markets. (There’s also a 7-seat version known as the 2-Series Gran Tourer.)
The vehicle made its debut in 2014 and was pegged for sale in the United States, though BMW’s local division eventually came to the realization it would probably have done more harm to the brand than good, thus it never ended up here.
The 2-Series Active Tourer is now at the midway point in its life cycle, and in BMW tradition the vehicle has been updated.
The visual tweaks are minor and consist of a new design for the daytime running lights plus revised bumpers at both ends. The most significant change on the outside is a slightly larger grille.
Inside, there’s a new design for the gear lever and a wider selection of colors and materials. BMW is also offering a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission on some models as an alternative to the standard 8-speed automatic. The automaker says the seats have also been made comfier thanks to widened cushions and new upholstery.
The 2-Series Active Tourer has been a surprising success for BMW. The automaker has managed to sell more than 380,000 examples of both the 5-seat Active Tourer and 7-seat Gran Tourer since the model was launched. The biggest market has been Germany followed by China. Roughly 70 percent of buyers have been new to the brand.
The world debut for the updated 2-Series Active Tourer should take place in early March at the 2018 Geneva auto show. While we won’t see the car here, there’s a good chance a new 2-Series Gran Coupe makes it to the U.S. A more hardcore version of the M2 coupe is also expected here soon.