Another leak has come out of BMW, this time giving us our first undisguised look at the facelifted 2022 BMW 3 Series.
As we can tell from the cutout, the grille won’t grow larger with this mid-cycle update.
This looks to be a model equipped with the M Sport package, judging by the front bumper treatment.
There’s a more rectangular shape to the lower opening, which features a black hexagonal insert also reminiscent of BMW’s souped-up mid-size SUVs.
Spy photos from earlier in 2021 indicate the 3 Series could receive the new ‘curved’ dashboard layout seen in the i4 and iX, with a large digital instrument cluster and touchscreen infotainment system located in one housing.
In the i4 and iX, the cluster measures 12.3 inches and the touchscreen 14.9 inches.
Powered by the iDrive 8 operating system, BMW’s latest infotainment system supports over-the-air updates, has a minimalist interface with large icons, and improved personalisation and voice recognition features.
The current 3 Series only arrived in Australia in 2019, so we don’t expect this mid-cycle update to appear any earlier than 2022.
The 3 Series is sitting neck-and-neck with its Mercedes-Benz C-Class arch-rival in the sales race.
To the end of June 2021, BMW has sold 2260 examples of its 3 Series sedan and wagon against 2314 examples of the C-Class sedan and wagon.
With a redesigned C-Class due in the fourth quarter of 2021, however, Mercedes-Benz may be able to put some distance between the two.
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