BMW 3 Series Gets Facelift 40 Years After first Generation Launch
|   Tuesday, May 19, 2015
the BMW 3 Series mid-range premium model of the German brand received a restyling after three years since the launch of the sixth generation model. Although the restyling does not mark a major shift in design, as is usually the rule in the automotive industry, the changes are important for the model that scored a quarter of BMW's sales worldwide.

A BMW out of four sold globally each year is a 3 Series Sedan or Touring, which means an impressive sales volume for this platform, in relation to the Munich manufacturer's sales.


The aesthetic changes brought by restyling the 3 Series range are easy to see, even for the untrained eye. The frontal optical blocks, elongated towards the central grille, now have new interior graphics, and the lower part of the bumper is changed significantly. Obviously, the change referred is not the only one applied, the front bumper, rear bumper and side sills being modified too.

The headlamps have new LED daytime running lights, with a different design, in addition to the new frontal optical lighting blocks. Optionally, Full-LED headlights can be ordered for the BMW 3 Series. Also at the stylistic level, the rear bumper integrates a dedicated ornament at the lower part, which is different depending on the equipment line of the model.

The cabin of the BMW 3 Series also changed with the restyling, benefiting from new materials and additional chrome trims. The center console has cup holders that can be covered by dragging a dedicated support, and also enjoys a redesigned form.

BMW increased the possibilities for interior customization, a generous choice of trims, upholstery and amenities for premium midsize model being offered. The air vents, board clocks and center panel commands are fitted with chrome accents. The dashboard has retained its orientation towards the driver, an element introduced since the first generation of the 3 Series.

The facelift in the 3 Series range brings a new flagship for this model: the 340i. It replaces the 335i, as the possessor of the top motorization with six in-line cylinders and also enjoys some more specific features such as dual exhaust with a diameter of 80 millimeters, while its range brothers have exhausts of 70 mm or 75 mm, depending on the motorization variant.

Speaking of engine variants, BMW offers for the first time three-cylinder engines on its 3 Series and a model variant which emits just 99 grams CO2/km in a combined cycle: the 320d EfficientDynamics Edition in Sedan version. With regards to the engine offer, in addition to the M variant, the BMW 3 Series is offered with four petrol engines and seven diesel engines that develop between 116 hp and 326 hp.

The BMW 3 Series range has been increased by a plug-in hybrid variant, called BMW 330E, scheduled for launch in 2016. It announces a combined consumption of 2.1 liters and CO2 emissions of only 49 grams per kilometer. The propulsion system of this version includes a 2.0 petrol turbo unit with 184 hp, which is associated to an electric motor of 109 hp. In total the hybrid system provides a combined maximum power of 252 hp and a maximum torque of 420 Nm, enough to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.3 seconds and a top speed of 225 km / h. In 100 percent electric mode, and fully charged battery, the BMW 330E can travel up to 35 kilometers.
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