BMW has unveiled the facelifted 3 Series that will go on sale next month. The BMW 3 Series will be available with a lineup of new engines, modified chassis settings, and reduced CO2 emissions. The 3 Series will be built on the same platform used on the current model.
However, BMW engineers said that agility is improved since they’ve made revisions on the car’s three chassis set-ups (standard, M Sport, and adaptive) by retuning dampers and adding stiffer suspensions. The automaker also reprogrammed the electric power steering system.
The 3 Series appears wider and lower but the styling changes are subtle. It features new front and rear bumpers, with horizontal elements that are longer, and its headlights were revised to now include two levels of LED-based lights that place the indicator elements at the top of the lens.
For the saloon and Touring, no changes were done on the bonnet, doors, wings and roof. The automaker also plans to build a revised M3 that will have its headlights and tail-lights modified. Changes will also be made to its interior layout and its twin-turbocharged six-cylinder engine will be reworked. It’s likely that the facelifted M3 will have its debut at the Frankfurt motor show this autumn.
At the center of this lineup is the 318d, 320i and 320d, since these motors come with a choice of all four trim levels, namely: SE, Sport, Luxury and M Sport. The entry-level 318i and 316d models come in either SE or Sport trim only. The UK specifications have not been finalized yet. The SE trim will feature cloth seats and the chrome highlights in the cabin won’t be as many.
Leather will be used on both Sport and Luxury, which will both have a longer options list and different designs of bigger alloy wheels. BMW opted for the controversial Luxury and Sport line badges to continue. They’re still on the front wings but the design has been updated and has become more modern.
The same styling modifications will be used on the 3 Series Touring and the saloon. They also have the same revised engine lineup and new chassis settings. The key dimensions are unchanged. The Touring will still have a flat, well-shaped load bay but its overall space will be smaller compared to its major rivals.