The BMW 3 Series, which accounts for more than 14% of sales, is a major challenge for the Munich-based manufacturer. Three years after it hit the showroom floor, it made sense that BMW decided to give it a facelift.
The 2022 3 Series sedan and Touring wagon, which will go into production in July, feature a new front fascia that features thinner L-shaped signature LED headlights, a redesigned grille and brake cooling vents from current models. At the rear, reshaped bumpers and different color trims are designed to refine the look. Horizontal lines, narrow headlights and massive wheel arches also emphasize the high stature and sporty character of the rear of the car.
The BMW 3 Series can be equipped with the optional M Sport package (with M Sport trim) for an even sportier design enhanced by new visual elements: BMW’s double honeycomb grille, redesigned front and rear bumpers, new 18-inch wheels. inch M light alloy wheels with mixed tyres.
Combined with the M Sport trim, the color scheme is complemented by the exterior colors Skyscraper Gray metallic and M Brooklyn Gray metallic. The BMW Individual special colors Frozen Pure Gray Metallic and Frozen Tanzanite Blue Metallic also complete the color scheme.
The interior of the new BMW 3 Series has also been redesigned. The instrument panel now includes BMW’s curved display. This digital display consists of a 12.3″ information screen located behind the steering wheel and a 14.9″ control screen in the center position. First seen on the BMW iX, it includes the latest eighth-generation iDrive interface. This interface reduces the number of manual commands in favor of touch and voice interfaces. So, the 3 Series is equipped as standard with three-zone automatic air conditioning (activated by touch or voice) and BMW Maps navigation.
Standard equipment includes forward collision warning with brake function, cruise control with brake function, speed limit display with no overtaking indicator, manual speed limit assistant and lane departure warning with lane return function.
As for engines, there are no major changes, except that the 320i is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine that develops 181 hp. and 300 Nm and transfers power to the wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission. The 330i features a redesigned exhaust manifold and turbocharger for improved performance, while the popular 320d diesel engine has been upgraded to benefit from 48-volt mild hybrid technology, introducing an 11-ch. There are three plug-in hybrids available for the sedan and four for the Touring. A full electric version is not yet available.
The new 2022 BMW 3 Series is on sale for the first time at €42,600 with the 318i. The cheapest rechargeable hybrid, the 320e, starts at €52,150.