The BMW 2 Series Coupé has been with us for around three years now, and in the intervening years, its front-wheel drive siblings, the Active Tourer and seven-seat Gran Tourer, have taken some of the limelight away from the traditional front-engined, rear-wheel drive two-door. A nip and tuck is due, then, and our European spy photographers have caught the facelifted model wearing the slightest of camouflage.

As it turns out, this particular facelift is a very subtle one, even by BMW standards. Exterior-wise, the revised 2 Coupe is nigh-on identical to the current model, retaining the same front and rear bumpers. Look closer and you’ll spot the new LED headlights with three-dimensional ‘corona ring’ daytime running lights, bring it up to date with the rest of the lineup.


You’ll also be able to distinguish the revised bumper inserts, plus a radar sensor in the lower air intake which means that active cruise control could be added as an option for the first time. Also seen is disguise around the tail lights that hints at a redesign, possibly with the inclusion of full-LED technology as seen on the facelifted 1 Series. Expect the typical minor trim changes to the interior, too.

Don’t hold your breath for any significant upgrades lying under the bonnet, as the 2 Coupe has already been updated with the latest generation of BMW turbo engines, including the 136 hp 1.5 litre B38 three-pot in the 218i, the 2.0 litre B48 four-pot in 184 hp 220i and 252 hp 230i forms, and the 340 hp 3.0 litre B58 straight-six in the M240i. The top-dog 365 hp M2 is expected to soldier on in its current form too.