The Facelifted 2016 BMW 3 Series And M3 Are Here; Competitors Are Still Jealous


Is it still the benchmark?

BMW has done a number of upgrades on its 2016 3 Series. This is what facelifts are for: making small, although important, changes to keep the car up-to-date. From the outside, the refreshed 3 Series features a sharper front end design with optional full-LED headlights. LED taillights are standard. The headlight styling changes are there but they’re minor. The interior has also received various upgrades, specifically with new materials and additional chrome highlights for the controls, air vents and control panel.

There’s now a sliding cover on the center console for the cupholders in order to make better use of storage space. In addition, there are new wheel designs, exterior colors, as well as upholstery and interior trim elements. Dynamically, there’ve been some suspension tweaks for improved handling. The biggest news comes in the engine department, where a new three-cylinder turbocharged gas engine with 164 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque powers the new entry-level 318i. A turbocharged 2.0-liter four banger is for the 320i with its 181 hp and 214 lb-ft, while the 330i replaces the 328i with an upgraded version of the same four-cylinder engine as before. The range-topping 340i comes with a 3.0-liter six-cylinder turbo with 322 hp and 332 lb-ft.

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Transmission choices are once again either a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic. The four-cylinder diesel engine lineup has also been revised, namely with improved response. As for the M3, considering it just came out, changes are limited to those tweaked headlights and taillights and those interior improvements. Neither official pricing or a launch date has been announced.