The biggest visual change is the addition of new LED headlights and taillights, similar to nearly every other current BMW. The cars now have what BMW is calling LED "eyebrows" above the squared-off angel eyes. LED foglights are standard on the 230i. Three new colors - two shades of blue and a new orange - are complemented by four new optional wheel designs. Inside, the 2 Series gets an all-new instrument cluster and new materials on some of the touch points, but it's a very subtle change.
The rest of the car carries over essentially unchanged. In the US, the 2 Series is available as the 230i with a turbocharged inline-four making 248 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque and a M240i that turns out 335 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. The latter will hit 60 mph in fewer than 5 seconds, with or with our BMW's xDrive all-wheel drive system. Look for the updated 2 Series in showrooms later this summer.