2023 BMW 3 Series debuts with fresh face & upgraded tech


BMW has updated the 7th gen 3 Series for 2023 with styling revisions and upgraded onboard technology. The 3 Series facelift (or LCI in BMW’s terms) will go on sale in select markets in July, with prices in Germany starting at €43,900 for the Sedan and €45,000 for the Touring variant.

The styling revisions remind us of the 5 Series facelift that debuted two years ago, so much so that unless you’re a BMW nerd, you’ll get confused differentiating both models from a distance. The front fascia features redesigned headlights and kidney grille, which now obviously look a bit disproportionate, but that’s how things are headed at BMW’s design department. The pre-facelift model looks a lot more elegant and stylish. There are redesigned bumpers as well. The exhaust system’s tailpipe finishers now measure 90 or 100 mm in diameter, depending on the engine variant. The M High-gloss Shadowline elements now come standard, and standard specification for all 3 Series Sedan models include 17-inch light-alloy wheels.

Full LED headlights come standard, while the buyers can go for the optional adaptive LED headlights with blue accents inside the housing. The optional M Sport package buys you honeycomb-patterned kidney grille and 18-inch M light-alloy wheels with mixed-sized tyres. The M-branded models get a 19-inch wheel option, trapezoidal tailpipe finishers, and high-gloss black mirror caps. The M Sport package Pro is a new arrival on the options list, available as an extension of the M Sport package. It includes extended M High-gloss Shadowline elements, M lights Shadowline and an M Sport braking system with red calipers.

The refreshed cabin features a curved panel that houses a 12.3-inch driver display and a 14.9-inch central touchscreen with the latest BMW Operating System 8. A three-zone climate control comes standard in both Sedan and Touring models. Other new additions to standard specification include an automatically dimming interior rear-view mirror, extended storage package and Park Distance Control (with front & rear parking sensors).

Standard driver assistance systems include Front Collision Warning with brake intervention; Cruise Control with brake function; Speed Limit Display with no-overtaking indicator; Manual Speed Limit Assist, and Lane Departure Warning with lane return. Options include lane change warning, BMW Head-Up Display, and Driving Assistant Professional—which comprises Steering and Lane Control Assistant, Active Cruise Control system with Stop & Go function, Automatic Speed Limit Assist, route monitoring function and traffic light detection. The Parking Assistant Plus and BMW Drive Recorder are also available in the options list.

Both Sedan and Touring are available in 318i (2.0L 4-cylinder turbo petrol; 115 kW/156 metric hp, 250 Nm/184 lb-ft), 320i (2.0L 4-cylinder turbo petrol; 135 kW/183.5 metric hp, 300 Nm/221 lb-ft), 320i xDrive, 330i (2.0L 4-cylinder turbo petrol; 180 kW/245 metric hp, 400 Nm/295 lb-ft), 330i xDrive, M340i xDrive (3.0L in-line 6-cylinder turbo petrol; 275 kW/374 metric hp, 500 Nm/369 lb-ft), 320e plug-in hybrid (2.0L 4-cylinder turbo petrol combined with a motor integrated into the gearbox; 150 kW/204 metric hp, 350 Nm/258 lb-ft), 330e plug-in hybrid (215 kW/292 metric hp and 420 Nm/310 lb-ft of system output), 330e xDrive plug-in hybrid, 318d (2.0L 4-cylinder turbo diesel; 110 kW/150 metric hp, 320 Nm/236 lb-ft), 320d (2.0L 4-cylinder turbo diesel; 140 kW/190 metric hp, 320 Nm/295 lb-ft), 320d xDrive, 330d (3.0L in-line 6-cylinder turbo diesel; 210 kW/285.5 metric hp, 650 Nm/479 lb-ft), 330d xDrive, and M340d xDrive (3.0L in-line 6-cylinder turbo diesel; 250 kW/340 metric hp, 700 Nm/516 lb-ft) flavours.

The M340i and diesel models are coupled with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system. All engines are coupled with an 8-speed ZF automatic transmission.

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