Featuring minor cosmetic updates, the new BMW 3 Series LCI (Life Cycle Impulse) facelift for the model year 2015 has been officially revealed today.
Visually, it does look very similar to the current 3 Series, but the Bavarian brand states that they have made important design and mechanical changes which has made the car a much better driver’s car. Subtle changes on board the updated 3 Series make it look wider and more lower. Changes can also be noticed in the bumpers (both front and rear), while the revised headlight cluster now comes with optional full LEDs. What remains unchanged, are the bonnet, roof, doors, and wings.
Once inside the cabin, you will see more chrome accents for air vents and centre control panel, new materials, new full colour head-up display, revised navigation with 3 years of free maps updates and a sliding cover for cup holders.
Apart from the 3.0l six cylinder in-line 6 turbodiesel on-board the 330d, all other engines on offer are new. The base 3 Series 310i gets a 1.5l turbo petrol delivering 134 hp. This is the same engine which is seen on board the Mini and 2 Series. The four cylinder petrol engine on offer are 181 bhp for 320i, and 248 bhp for 330i (replaces 328i). Apart from this, there is in inline 6 3.0l petrol on offer, 340i. This one delivers 322 hp and 322 lb-ft torque and has a 0-100 kmph time of 5.1 seconds. Speaking about diesel engines, base 316d gets a 114 hp motor, 148 hp for 318d, 188 hp for 320d and 161 hp motor for the 320d Efficient Dynamics.
To go on sale next month in Germany, India launch is to take place later this year, confirms BMW India. In India, 3 Series is only offered in 188 hp 320d variant. BMW India has confirmed that they will launch 15 cars in the country this year, and considering that the 3 Series has been amongst their best-sellers, it is also amongst the most awaited car from BMW.