The 2022 BMW 3 Series has been spied testing on the streets of Munich.

    Previously leaked without any camouflage, this prototype has disguised front and rear bumpers.

    Spied in plug-in hybrid (PHEV) form, as evidenced by its ‘Hybrid Test Vehicle’ stickers and charging port, the exterior of the facelifted 3 Series has only received minor tweaks.

    Up front it receives slimmer headlights with redesigned daytime running lights that are now on top of the headlights.

    There are also redesigned front air intakes.

    The grille looks to be a similar size to the current model 3 Series, which bucks the trend of BMWs ever-growing kidney grille.

    At the rear there are redesigned LED tail lights with small changes to the bumper itself.

    On the inside of the facelifted 3 Series there is expected to be a curved dashboard, just like the i4 and iX, with a large digital instrument cluster and touchscreen infotainment display in one housing.

    In the i4 and iX, the cluster measures 12.3 inches and the touchscreen 14.9 inches.

    Powered by iDrive 8 operating system, this new infotainment system supports over-the-air updates, has a minimalist interface with large icons, and improved personalisation and voice recognition features.

    The dashboard in the spied 3 Series is still covered up at this stage, like previously spied images.

    This facelifted BMW 3 Series is expected to debut in 2022.

    The current model only arrived here in Australia in 2019 with turbo-petrol and PHEV variants.

    BMW sold 252 3 Series models in August 2021, making it the top selling luxury mid-size sedan according to VFACTS.

    It outsold both the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and CLA-Class, as well as the Audi A4 and Lexus IS models.

    MORE: Everything BMW 3 Series

    Jack Quick

    Jack Quick is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne. Jack studied journalism and photography at Deakin University in Burwood, and previously represented the university in dance nationally. In his spare time, he loves to pump Charli XCX and play a bit of Grand Theft Auto. He’s also the proud owner of a blue, manual 2020 Suzuki Jimny.

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