2023 BMW 3 Series facelift spotted: price, specs and release date

September 15, 2021 by

Fresh spyshots of the upcoming BMW 3 Series facelift have emerged. Read on for everything you need to know so far about this refreshed saloon.

  • BMW 3 Series facelift spied
  • Redesigned front bumper
  • New headlight design
  • Upgraded infotainment system likely
  • Updated petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrids expected
  • Due to go on sale in 2022

It looks as though the BMW 3 Series will be refreshed in due course, with new spyshots showing a prototype undergoing testing.

The current 3 Series has been on sale for a few years, though with the new Mercedes C-Class recently appearing it’s likely BMW is getting ready to give its 3 Series a few upgrades to help it keep pace.

2023 BMW 3 Series facelift design

The BMW 3 Series has so far escaped the gargantuan marmite grille of the 4 Series, and that will continue for the facelifted version for the car.

Under the camouflage looks to be a tweaked front bumper though, along with a set of new headlights.

There’s nothing new to report at the side of the car, but the back of the 3 Series will likely be getting a bit of treatment if the camouflage is anything to go by.

2023 BMW 3 Series facelift interior and infotainment

The cabin is likely to get the latest iDrive 8.0 infotainment system as used in the BMW i4 and iX all-electric models.

The new car will likely borrow infotainment tech from the i4, shown here…

This comprises a 14.9-inch central display and 12.3-inch driver’s display and should keep the 3 Series up to speed with newer offerings such as the latest Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

No word yet on what else will change inside the car, but some new upholstery and trim options are a safe bet.

2023 BMW 3 Series facelift engines and driving

A mid-life facelift for any BMW usually means that the engines get updated, and the new 3 Series is likely to follow the same pattern.

You can expect a return of the petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrids with slightly more power and possibly mild-hybrid assistance for the four-cylinder petrol units (the current range already offers mild-hybrid systems on the diesels and six-cylinder petrols).

Power outputs currently range from 184hp to 374hp – the new car should have a range of similarly powerful engines.

An electric BMW i3 is likely to arrive at some point, but don’t expect it to come as part of this facelift — rather a separate EV-only model for the next-generation 3 Series.

2023 BMW 3 Series facelift price and release date

Expect to see an official confirmation of the new BMW 3 Series early in 2022, with sales starting late in the year.

Pricing will likely be bumped slightly over the outgoing car — which can be had from £32,595 as a saloon or £34,430 for the ‘Touring’ estate.

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