The BMW 3 Series has been updated inside and out after a cheeky facelift
After a little over three years of arriving at the dealerships, the BMW 3 Series has now been given a new look thanks to its new tech upgrades.
With a stunning new redesigned front end with slimmer headlights, an updated interior, as well as a new infotainment system, the 3 Series is looking fresh.
Accounting for a huge 14% of BMW’s global sales, the crucial G20-generation 3 Series will remain on sale until at least 2025, when the new upgrade will be ushered in
The 3 Series will continue with a choice of either petrol, diesel, and petrol-electric plug-in hybrid powertrains, ranging in outputs from 182bhp in the entry 320i to 369bhp in the warmed-up M340i, and with the option of four-wheel drive.
What you will notice is that the 3 Series is the latest model to get the new-look curved instrument panel, featuring a 12.3in digital gauge cluster and a 14.9in infotainment screen with the firm’s latest, eighth-generation iDrive interface.
The new infotainment platform is something else. From wireless smartphone mirroring to parking space locator and voice control for key functions, it's highly functional to say the least.
The climate control buttons have unfortunately been lost somewhere along the way in the update as they have been slimmed down, but you can still operate using BMW’s iDrive rotary controller. You'll also find that there are new touch-sensitive buttons on the centre console and the shifter for the standard eight-speed automatic gearbox has been redesigned, and shifter paddles behind the steering wheel are now standard across the line-up.
It's available to order now, with prices starting from £36,670 for the saloon and £39,810 for the estate
BMW has launched some trim-specific changes for the 3 Series, too. In fact, BMW used the same styling for the revised 3 Series as it did with the facelifted 5 Series.
So for the M Sport models, we're talking about a newly designed set of 18-inch alloy wheels, an updated rear diffuser and a redesigned front bumper with narrower side intakes and a new lower grille. At the rear, reshaped bumpers and colour-coded trim elements aim to give what BMW calls a “particularly sophisticated” look.
The M Sport Pro cars (which sit above the M Sport in the hierarchy) get some extra tweaks, such as red brake callipers, a spoiler for the boot lid, black chrome exhaust tips and a black kidney grille surround to replace the standard chrome unit on the M Sport model, according to Car Magazine.