2022 BMW 3 Series facelift – additional images of G20 LCI, new headlamp and grille design, wide screen

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2022 BMW 3 Series facelift – additional images of G20 LCI, new headlamp and grille design, wide screen

BMW has released additional images of the 2022 3 Series facelift after it was revealed in May, with interior and exterior revisions. The G20 LCI sedan was unveiled alongside the G21 Touring (wagon).

At the front, the LED headlights are now slimmer while the daytime running lights double as turn signals. Adaptive headlights are available, indicated by blue strips around the daytime running lights graphic. The blue strips used to indicate the presence of BMW’s laser light, but that option has been dropped.

As for the front grille, it hasn’t gotten bigger but is now more octagonal in shape. With the M340i xDrive, the front grille gets a mesh design, trapezoidal exhaust tips, an M rear spoiler and M exterior mirror caps. The model in the images is dressed in M ​​Sport clothing and as such the central opening on the front bumper is now larger with L-shaped sections at both corners.

Moving to the rear, the rear bumper has a larger diffuser, with up to 100mm exhaust tips depending on the engine variant. The taillight design with L-shaped graphics remains unchanged.

The M Sport package also offers 18-inch M light-alloy wheels, M Sport suspension and variable sports steering. As for the M Sport Pro, the kit adds black accents to the exterior and M Sport brakes with red calipers. Without the M Sport package, the facelift 3 Series projects a smaller center opening on the front bumper with larger intakes on each side. The rear also looks more subtle, with horizontal reflectors replacing the T-shaped trims of before.

Inside, the new BMW Curved Display is by far the most noticeable change. It features a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, alongside a 14.9-inch infotainment screen powered by the BMW Operating System 8. To accommodate the new Curved Display, the center air vents are now slimmer, while the tiny air conditioning control screen has been removed. Eagle-eyed readers will note that the 3 Series’ interior design is inspired by the BMW i4.

The air conditioning controls are now integrated into the touchscreen, leaving only physical controls for volume, hazard lights and defogger. The center console is not much different from before although the conventional gearshift lever has been replaced with a rocker switch.

In terms of driver aids, the facelift 3 Series offers the Park Distance Control as standard. A head-up display is also available along with Lane Keeping Assistant with active side collision protection. Other features available through the optional Parking Assistant package include the Reversing Assistant, Lateral Parking Aid, 3D and panoramic views.

Powertrain options abound for the new 3 Series. The 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine options produce up to 245 PS and 400 Nm in the 330i models, while the 3.0-liter turbocharged straight-six engine produces 374 PS and 500 Nm. The four-cylinder engines now come with an exhaust manifold integrated into the cylinder head along with an upgraded turbocharger system.

There are also diesel and plug-in hybrid powertrains for the new 3 Series, and everything is mated to an eight-speed Steptronic automatic transmission. Locally, BMW Malaysia recently launched the Runout Edition for the 320i and 330i M Sport models, which should signal the facelift’s imminent arrival on our shores.

Like what you see? Does it look better than before? Let us know in the comments section!

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