BMW’s Life Cycle Impulse has now reached the 2 Series range and just like with the larger 4 Series brethren it’s all about the game of spot the differences.
The company has come up with very limited and subtle changes both on the exterior and the cabin, with the most important novelty being the addition of new bi-LED headlights coming standard across the range – an adaptive full-LED setup is offered as an option. Design wise, you can spot the new clusters because the “angel eyes” now have a hexagonal shape in lieu of the older, rounder variant. The kidney grille has been subtly enlarged, along with the air intakes for a sportier look – with BMW saying it has touched the LED taillights as well. There are also three new colors (Sunset Orange, Seaside Blue, Mediterranean Blue), and four designs for the alloy wheels.
The Bavarian brand comes with an “all-new interior” for the 2 Series and M2, but we’ve actually given up trying to spot the modifications and read the press release – there are more glossy black components, refreshed air vents, some chrome accents, and a modified glove compartment. Finally BMW is adding touchscreen functionality to the 8.8-inch display of the optional Navigation system, there’s also wireless charging, as well as Apple CarPlay integration and Wi-Fi hotspot for up to 10 different devices.
The engines have three-, four-, and six-cylinder units just like before, with the diesel versions now getting new turbocharger technology and better common-rail direct injection. The company is offering a six-speed manual and an eight-speed Steptronic automatic as well as the choice of xDrive on certain versions.