This is the facelift of the new BMW 3 series. First previewed by i3 in March of this year, the seventh-generation G20 LCI (Lifecycle Impulse if you prefer BMW Speak) received a series of updates to make sure it remained competitive with the likes of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class. Audi A4.
Starting with the external update, the latest 3 Series standard full-LED headlamps are now thinner and re-contour, so they no longer have the “nail-like” design they used to have. To match, daytime running lights, which double as turn indicators, also get a new inverted L-shaped signature. Adaptive LED headlamps are available as an alternative, marked by a blue strip around the DRL elements and at the top edge of each cluster.
If you’re worried about the size of the 3er’s snout, don’t worry. BMW has not significantly enlarged the Kidney Grill, but it has been given a slight shape to make it more octagonal and has a double bar with chrome accents for a “stronger look”, the German carmaker said.
What has grown is the central eclipse of the lower apron, which is hexagonal in shape and connected by a sharp crease in the L-shaped parts at the corners of the new bumper. They integrate front-facing sensors as well as high-gloss black air intake that helps cool the brakes.
For the rear, there is now a large, diffuser-like component that connects to the side vertical reflector. This entire bottom part is finished in black for contrast and still has a round exhaust finish that measures 90mm or 100mm depending on the engine variant. The taillights remain unchanged and retain the signature of their inverted L-shaped light as before.
It should be noted that this is the look you will get if you specify the M Sport package, which includes other features such as variable sport steering and staggered tire size of 18-inch M light-alloy wheels. The package also includes M Sport suspension (not available for plug-in hybrid powertrain), adaptive M suspension available as an alternative.
In the BMW Performance M340i xDrive variant, the grille features a special mesh-design insert, a trapezoidal-shaped exhaust finisher, an M rear spoiler and a new addition – the M-Mirror Mirror Caps in high-gloss black. BMW also offers the M Sport Package Pro as an extension of the standard package that adds lots of black accents to the exterior and M Sport brakes with red calipers.
Completely without the M Sport package, the 3 Series design is toned with a central adoption that has a much smaller and trapezoidal-shaped corner inlet on the front instead of the previous T-shape. Similarly, the rear of the base model loses its T-shaped elements in favor of simple, horizontal reflectors and a creased bumper. The G20 LCI will be offered as a sedan and G21 Turing (Wagon) when it launches in late July this year.
Inside the new 3 Series, the biggest change is the adoption of the BMW curved display, which is also seen in the i4. It is standard throughout the range and has a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster next to the 14.9-inch central touchscreen, both powered by the BMW operating system 8.
The system is now available on other BMW models and comes with a wide range of connectivity services, personalized via BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant, 5G connectivity, BMW ID, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support, over-the-air Pro (OTA) users. Update for and ConnectedDrive Store.
To accommodate the curved display, the cabin has been slightly refurbished, starting with the center air vents that are now thinner in shape. Favorite rows and small display screens for climate systems found in pre-facelift models have also gone in the interest of minimalism.
This method combines the controls for the standard three-zone climate system with the largest touchscreen (also controllable via voice commands), although you can still get a row of controls in front of the center console for basic media controls, hazards and demisters.
The center console itself is not much different from the previous one, although the gear shift lever has been replaced with a toggle switch. For everything else, this is what you remember when the G20 first appeared in 2018, right up to the design of the steering wheel.
In terms of safety and driver assistance, a new addition to the standard specification is the park distance control with four sensors on the front and rear of the vehicle. Other standard fittings are front collision warning with brake intervention (detects vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists), speed limit display (including manual speed limit assistance) and lane exit warning with lane return.
There are plenty of options, including a head-up display and driving assistant for lane change warning, rear collision warning and rear crossing traffic warning. Go to the Driving Assistant Professional Suite and there are Active Cruise Control with Stop and Go, Automatic Speed Limit Assist, Steering and Lane Control Assistant, Active Side Coalition Protection with Lane Keeping Assistant, Trouble Warner, Evasion Error Crossing, Emergency Stop Assistant and Emergency Lane Assist.
To assist with parking, there are optional parking assistants with a reversing assist camera, lateral parking aid and Active PDC (including a reversing assistant). Upgrade to Parking Assistant Plus and BMW throw in Park View, Panorama View and 3D View functions, BMW Drive Recorder is another option if you need a built-in recording camera.
Finally, the powertrain. The new 3 Series has a range of petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid options to choose from, but let’s start with the first one on the list. The base petrol engine is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder unit found in the 318i, rated at 4,500-6,500 rpm to 156 PS (154 hp) and 1,300-4,300 rpm to 250 Nm of torque.
It is followed by the 320i which also uses a turbo four-pot but offers 5,000-6,500 rpm to 184 PS (181 hp) and 1,350-4,000 rpm to 300 Nm. 320i can be had with all-wheel drive and the same output as in the xDrive version is available.
Going up the ranks, we’ve reached the 330i / 330i xDrive, which also has four cylinders and a turbo, but it produces a powerful 245 PS (241 hp) from 4,500-6,500 rpm and 400 Nm from 1,600-4,000rpm. BMW says the three four-cylinder engines now come with an upgraded turbocharger system for cooling exhaust manifolds as well as exhaust manifolds assembled on cylinder heads.
At the top of the petrol-only pack is the M Performance-branded M340i xDrive, which produces a 3.0-liter Turbo Straight-Six with 5,500-6,500 rpm to 374 PS (369 hp) and 1,0000-5000 to 500 Nm with four banger swapping RPM six-seals. The engine comes with a 48-volt light hybrid system that includes a starter-generator capable of delivering a boost of 11 PS (11 hp or 8 kW) and helps regenerate brake power and can supply the vehicle with 12-volts. Electrical system.
Light diesel hybrid systems are also applied to all diesel engines available for the 3er, and the range starts with the 318d, a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel that produces 150 PS (148 hp) at 4,000 rpm and 1,500-2,7 pm to 320 Nm. Creates.
This is followed by the 320d / 320d xDrive with 190 PS (188 hp) at 4,000 rpm and 1,750-2,500 rpm to 400 Nm, while the 330d / 330d xDrive goes up to 3.0 liters at 1,500-2,500 rpm for the Hp28 PS28 on the Straight-Six. To 4,000 rpm and 650 Nm. The king of the 3er’s diesel line-up is the M340d xDrive with its straight-six and 340 PS (335 hp) from 1,750-2,250 rpm when tapping 4,400 rpm and 700 Nm.
Yes, there are many powertrains that can be specified for the 3er, and we haven’t finished yet. Starting from the 320e there are three low plug-in hybrid options available that get an electric motor rated at 109 PS (107 hp) and 265 Nm, which is integrated into the transmission. Working with a turbo-four ranging from 5,000-6,000 rpm to 163 PS (161 hp) and 1,350-3,700 rpm to 300 Nm, the total system output is 204 PS (201 hp) and 350 Nm.
For more power, you’ll need a 330e / 330e xDrive, which holds the same electric motor output, but now has 292 PS (288 hp) and 420 Nm for an engine with the same figures as 320i for drive system output.
Each powertrain variant has an eight-speed steptronic automatic transmission that drives the rear wheels by default (save for those who have xDrive), while plug-in hybrids gain 12-kilowatt-hour lithium-power under the rear seat to power the electric motor. . .
The battery is said to operate at 354 volts and with a 3.7 kW AC input it would take 2.6 hours to recover from a 0-80% charge. On full charge, the battery will provide a WLTP-rated electric range between 54-62 km (320e and 330e) or 52-60 km (330e xDrive).
A summary of performance statistics – 0-100 km / h acceleration and maximum speed – as follows:
- BMW 318i – 8.6 seconds; 223 km / h
- BMW 320i – 7.4 seconds; 235 km / h
- BMW 320i xDrive – 7.7 seconds; 230 km / h
- BMW 330i – 5.9 seconds; 250 km / h
- BMW 330i xDrive – 5.7 seconds; 250 km / h
- BMW M340i xDrive – 4.4 seconds; 250 km / h
- BMW 320e – 7.6 seconds; 225 km / h; 140 km / h (electric motor only)
- BMW 330e – 5.8 seconds; 230 km / h; 140 km / h (electric motor only)
- BMW 330e xDrive – 5.8 seconds; 230 km / h; 140 km / h (electric motor only)
- BMW 318d – 8.3 seconds; 218 km / h
- BMW 320d – 6.9 seconds; 235 km / h
- BMW 320d xDrive – 7.2 seconds; 228 km / h
- BMW 330d – 5.3 seconds; 250 km / h
- BMW 330d xDrive – 5 seconds; 250 km / h
- BMW M340d xDrive – 4.6 seconds; 250 km / h
The above powertrains and figures are for the sedan version of the 3 series, while the forbidden fruit for us that Turing shares many of the same options, including 318i, 320i, 330i, 330i xDrive, M340i xDrive, 320e, 330e, 330e xDrive, 318d, 3d xDrive, 330d, 330d xDrive and M340d xDrive. The Wagon version has an option that is not in the sedan and that is the 320e xDrive which is basically the sedan’s 320e but with all-wheel drive.
So, you have it, the new 3 series. What do you think of the design changes made to one of BMW’s flagship models in particular? Does the facelifted model look better than what we have here? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Gallery: 2022 BMW 3 Series Facelift (G20 LCI)
Gallery: 2022 BMW 3 Series Sedan Facelift (G20 LCI)
Gallery: 2022 BMW 3 Series Turing Facelift (G21 LCI)