An updated BMW 3 Series is coming soon. That’s the literal word from BMW today, which took to social media with a short teaser video showing off the shadowy face of its enduring sedan. As for exactly how soon that will happen, we can’t say for sure.
The teaser stops short of offering more information, and the shadowy car doesn’t reveal much besides the headlights. However, with the hot M3 CSL set to debut on May 20 and an M3 Touring expected in June, we’d venture to say Coming soon means very soon indeed.
There’s also the fact that we may have already seen the car in its entirety. BMW officially launched the new i3 sedan for China at the end of March, and the EV is widely believed to preview the updated 3 Series for the rest of the world.
Supporting this theory are spy photos we’ve seen in recent months showing 3-Series test vehicles with modest front and rear camo detailing. If the Chinese-spec i3 is indeed the model for this facelift, the main change comes from the headlights losing their notch at the bottom. The teaser confirms this, as we see no break in the daytime LEDs. As such, the front fascia should be smoother with no body lines associated with notches. Corner plugs trade width for height. Changes to the rear are probably relegated to minor differences with taillight and fascia designs.
In addition to a minor exterior facelift, changes are also expected inside. New i3 photos from China don’t offer a look at the interior, but spy photos point to significant upgrades. Among them, we expect a large curved screen similar to the iX. This will require changes to features such as air conditioning vents, and spy photos already suggest a new steering wheel is coming for the driver. Given the rapidly changing technology, software upgrades are also likely part of BMW’s plan for the new 3 Series.
With the train of teasers rolling in, we’re probably only weeks, if not days, away from an official start.