The BMW 3 Series mid-life update will go on sale in Australia from October with a raft of improvements, matched by sharp price hikes for the 2023 model year.

    The price increases come after a different batch of hikes we wrote about in August this year, which included the pre-LCI 3 Series.

    Headlining the changes are subtle design updates, new lights, the latest BMW infotainment system with new screens, and a smattering of added features.

    But BMW’s entry 320i sedan now costs $5400 more than the 2022 model at a starting price of $78,900 before on-road costs.

    The price of entry into the current-shape 320i when it was announced in June 2019 was $64,900 – meaning the opening price has climbed nearly 22 per cent in around three years.

    The 320i’s new opening gambit matches the starting price of its rival Mercedes-Benz C200, the cost of which also increased substantially with the launch of a new model earlier this year.

    The volume-selling BMW 330i sedan and Touring are up by $10,100 over the 2022 models, at $93,400 and $97,400 before on-road costs respectively.

    The BMW 330e PHEV is up $7100 over the MY22 model, at $97,400 RRP.

    The range-topping (M3 aside) BMW M340i xDrive model is a different matter: previously BMW offered the M340i xDrive Pure and the better-equipped M340i xDrive, whereas now it just offers the one variant.

    At $104,900, the latest M340i xDrive is a reasonable $1300 more than the old Pure grade, and $8700 cheaper than the full MY22 M340i xDrive.

    2023 BMW 3 Series: What’s new?

    The front apron and intakes are restyled, so too are the LED headlights and kidney-shaped front grille. There’s also a new daytime running light signature and new tailpipes, plus new colour options called Skyscraper Grey metallic and M Brooklyn Grey metallic.

    Inside is a standard BMW Curved Display, comprising a 12.3-inch instrument cluster and 14.9-inch centre touchscreen in a single unit, running the new BMW Operating System 8 software with a greater suite of voice commands.

    BMW has also fitted a new-look gear selector, and all grades bar the base 320i get a seat upgrade.

    Basic spec walk

    New features bolded.

    2023 BMW 320i features:

    • M Sport Package
    • 18-inch M alloy wheels
    • Alcantara/Sensatec upholstery
    • Comfort Access system incl. BMW Digital Key
    • Electric seat adjustment
    • ‘Sport’ seats
    • Galvanic Embellishers
    • Ambient Lighting
    • High Beam Assistant
    • Driving Assistant
    • Active Cruise Control
    • Parking Assistant
    • DAB+ radio tuner
    • HiFi loudspeaker system
    • Live Cockpit Professional w/HUD
    • Connected Package Professional
    • Wireless Charging Tray

    2023 BMW 330i adds:

    • 19-inch M alloy wheels
    • Leather Upholstery
    • Instrument panel in Sensatec
    • M Sport Seats
    • Lumbar Support, front
    • M Sport Brakes, blue
    • Adaptive M Suspension
    • Parking Assistant Plus
    • Electric tailgate

    2023 BMW 330e adds:

    • Mode 2 charging cable
    • Mode 3 charging cable
    • Acoustic protection for pedestrians

    2023 BMW M340i xDrive adds:

    • 19-inch alloy wheels with sport tyres
    • Tyre Repair Kit
    • Glass Roof, Electric
    • Seat Heating, Front
    • Adaptive LED Headlights
    • Driving Assistant Professional
    • harmon/kardon premium surround sound system

    2023 BMW 3 Series pricing

    • BMW 320i: $78,900 (up $5400)
    • BMW 330i: $93,400 (up $10,100)
    • BMW 330i Touring: $97,400 (up $10,100)
    • BMW 330e: $97,400 (up $7100)
    • BMW M340i xDrive: $104,900 (up $1300 over M340i Pure, down $8700 over regular M340i)

    Before on-road costs

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    Mike Costello
    Mike Costello is a Senior Contributor at CarExpert.
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