BMW’s latest design language has been the subject of a lot of criticism and some would say it is a bit inconsistent from model to model. The seventh generation 3 Series (G20) came out three years ago and is naturally gearing up for a mid-cycle facelift, and luckily it won’t shake the boat when it comes to exterior changes.
Spotted here during M340i spicy flavor tests near and at the Nürburgring, the LCI 3 Series appears to retain the regular grille rather than embracing the M3’s extended love / hate kidneys. The extensive camouflage suggests there will be significant changes to the front and rear fascias, but in reality the sport sedan will likely undergo minimally invasive cosmetic surgery.
A major novelty brought by the facelift will occur inside the cabin where the refreshed 3er will adopt the eighth-generation iDrive infotainment system. Unveiled earlier this year for the electric iX and i4 models, it features side-by-side displays in a familiar configuration Mercedes has been using for several years.
We remind you that in the i4, essentially an electric Gran Coupé from the 4 Series, the latest iDrive relies on a generously sized 14.9-inch touchscreen accompanied by a 12.3-inch digital dashboard. . The two screens share a frameless bezel giving the illusion of a single ultra-wide screen, while the infotainment tilts slightly towards the driver for a better user experience.
The 3 Series facelift will also usher in the very first EV version to bolster BMW’s zero-emission efforts, which also include already-confirmed electric derivatives of the next-gen 5 and 7 Series. Unfortunately, none of these models will run on a dedicated platform for electric cars, as the Bavarians won’t have one ready until 2025, when the Neue Klasse architecture will debut.
With the regular 3 Series about to go under the knife, there’s a good chance the very first M3 Touring arriving in 2022 will also be based on the facelifted model, but obviously with the controversial grille also used by the 4 Series models. and M4. , as well as the i4 and iX.
We hear that the high-performance diesel, the M340d in sedan and wagon configurations, will continue in markets where oil burners are still in demand. The 3 Series sedan would remain in production until October 2025, while the more practical Touring (G21) would be phased out in June 2026.