The past year has shaken our sense of time, so 2019 seems both incredibly close and unrecognizable at the same time. But in 2019, the seventh-generation BMW 3 Series arrived, although a new batch of spy photos shows the automaker is already gearing up for the car’s mid-cycle refresh. However, don’t let this early test vehicle fool you into thinking the redesign is imminent. Apparently, production won’t start until July 2022.
The new plans show a familiar exterior. There is not a single difference between this BMW test vehicle and the current 3 Series; however, a peek inside reveals what’s really going on. The dashboard is hidden under a black sheet, which likely hides the new curved display from the company that debuted in the BMW iX. It’s a massive screen that covers much of the iX’s dashboard and, at least in the iX, offers a host of features and services that may or may not access each iteration of the screen throughout. along the range.
With production not set to begin until July 2022, BMW has plenty of time to think about the exterior redesign. It will likely receive the usual upgrades with revised front and rear fascias, possibly new trim, reworked lighting graphics. It’s too early to say what BMW will do with its powertrains, although we expect even more electrification and hybridization across the BMW lineup in the future.
For BMW, iDrive 8 is a major part of the brand’s future. In the iX, it sports BMW’s intelligent personal assistant designed to facilitate conversation between driver and vehicle, as the system focuses on voice-based interactions and dialogue, which is certainly not the way to go. everyone’s cup of tea. The next-generation system also allows for wide customization, offering every driver a tailor-made driving experience. It’s a bold technological leap and it looks like it will be available in Series 3 2023 as well.