Facelifted BMW 3-series gets bolder looks, greener tech, and better dynamics.
11 July 2008

This is our first view of the BMW 3-Series’s forthcoming facelift. The company has ticked off most of the familiar mid-term revision checklist, and the 3-Series will get beefier looks, greener engines and the option of a seven-speed twin-clutch transmission.

Styling revisions include fresh front and rear styling that picks up on the themes seen on BMW’s recently unveiled fifth-generation 7-series.

Up front, the car gets a heavily profiled bumper, newly contoured bonnet and reworked headlamps with altered graphics. At the rear there are new tail lamps with a revised bumper. According to BMW’s design boss, Adrian van Hooydonk, the changes are intended to emphasise the car’s width.

The biggest mechanical change is the introduction of BMW’s seven-speed dual clutch transmission, launched in the M3 cabriolet. The 318d also gets the option of a new six-speed automatic.

The facelifted 3-series also sees the introduction of BMW’s new ‘BluePerformance’ brand - the firm’s equivalent to Mercedes’ BlueTec. The first BluePerfomance car will be a 330d fitted with a NOx trap, which will meet the forthcoming EU6 emissions regulations, not due until 2011. All other engines are carried over from the current car.

Suspension and brakes are the same as in the current BMW 3-series, but the rear track on the six-cylinder cars has been widened by 24mm.

Inside, the iDrive controller gets four selection buttons to reduce the complexity of its operation and there’s a new, larger colour monitor. In-car internet access will also be available as part of BMW’s new ConnectDrive technology, which will also be seen in the new 7-Series.

The revised 3-Series will go on sale in the UK later this year. Prices and exact specs will be revealed nearer to its launch date.

 

 

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11 July 2008

Cut the crap and just tell us the establishment tax CO2 rating of the 318d!

11 July 2008

The facelifted Touring does look better, but for some reason the sedan version seems somehow 'busier' or 'fussier' especially in detail.

The newly released 7-series may not break any new ground in terms of design but at least its lines are clean, unfussy and reasonably well-resolved. I don't think I feel the same way about the facelifted 3-series.

Congratulations are, however, in order for BMW's efforts in making the i-Drive more user friendly although I would have to check it out myself to give a verdict.

12 July 2008

Greener engines (plural)

Apart from the Eu6 rated 330d, all the rest are carry overs from the pre-facelift model.

I'm surprised you dont just carry a direct link to the Beemer website.

Autocar Magazine, now incorporating new BMW spin doctor articles.

12 July 2008

Why does this article even have the word 'new' in it's title?

12 July 2008

Looks great, well done BMW. The front looks aggressive and the lines are clean. 5 stars for the artcle too.

12 July 2008

[quote blasos1983]

Looks great, well done BMW. The front looks aggressive and the lines are clean. 5 stars for the artcle too.

[/quote]Hey, is the reviewer's mum allowed to post?


The lines are exactly the same as they are now because it's a bumper/headlamps facelift. The rear end still looks like a weird Chinese knock-off, and those tedious spartan versions your accountant drives will still be over top ten seller lists like a rash, putting the car at odds with the 'exclusive lifestyle' image both BMW and BMW owners dine out on. I mean, they sell more of these things than Vauxhall does Vectras.


In summary then, snore.

12 July 2008

I want to like the BMW 3 Series. I really do.

But all the latest versions of it look as though it was the previous model with a sheet thrown over it, then pegged at strategic locations on the ground. I would say the same about the current 5 Series over it's previous incarnation.

I find BMW's brand looks at complete odds with marvellous engineering that has been place within it.

12 July 2008

[quote ThwartedEfforts]

[quote blasos1983]

Looks great, well done BMW. The front looks aggressive and the lines are clean. 5 stars for the artcle too.

[/quote]Hey, is the reviewer's mum allowed to post?


The lines are exactly the same as they are now because it's a bumper/headlamps facelift. The rear end still looks like a weird Chinese knock-off, and those tedious spartan versions your accountant drives will still be over top ten seller lists like a rash, putting the car at odds with the 'exclusive lifestyle' image both BMW and BMW owners dine out on. I mean, they sell more of these things than Vauxhall does Vectras.


In summary then, snore.

[/quote]

I think you have some unresolved issues

13 July 2008

[quote blasos1983]

I think you have some unresolved issues

[/quote]

No, I thought I'd come and post something a little more thought-provoking than "the lines are clean". Do you have a 3-Series? Do you want a 3-Series?

14 July 2008

Although theres no mention of it in this article the new 3 will be the first to be offered the option of `BMW’s all-wheel drive system xDrive with the 320d becoming the first four-cylinder BMW to get the safety-enhancing feature`.

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