The first F30 3 Series facelift / LCI (Life Cycle Impulse) prototype has just been spotted! Due to start production in the Summer of 2015, the refreshed 3 Series will undergo minor exterior changes as the photos show. The most significant change will be seen in the front end, which will feature a restyled front bumper, deeper inset headlights (from the beefier bumper design) and shapelier kidney grilles featuring 11 slats. Although no camouflage appears on the rear, if BMW stays true to its LCI-refresh history, the facelift 3 Series will also feature new LED tail lights.
While the exterior changes will be minor, significant changes will take place under the hood where the LCI 335i and 320i will receive new engines. The 335i’s inline … CONTINUED
Autobild.de (German publication) compares the BMW 328i vs Mercedes C250 and Audi A4.
Here’s a dissected and modified look at the factory stock F30 335i axle back exhaust system.
Why was the exhaust dissected? E90/E92 M3 owners have been able to modify their factory exhausts on the cheap by simply replacing the perforated tubes, so this F30 335i owner set out to see if the same can be done with the F30.
BMW of North America will debut an all-new television commercial today featuring the BMW 3 Series and actress Brooklyn Decker. The ad is part of BMW’s regional advertising buy during NBC’s broadcast of Sochi 2014. In addition to purchasing national advertising within NBC’s broadcast of Sochi 2014, BMW has purchased regional NBC advertising in the top 17 markets, up from 11 markets during London 2012 Summer Olympic Games.
“Opportunity Knocks,” starring actress Brooklyn Decker, features the BMW 3 Series, the quintessential Ultimate Driving Machine that invented the Sports Sedan segment. The BMW 3 Series has been named on Car and Driver’s acclaimed 10Best List for 23 years in a row. This spot tells the story of a man who has previously let opportunity pass him … CONTINUED
BMW looks to be expanding its eDrive plug-in hybrid offerings, with a 3 Series plug-in hybrid model now spied in testing. The X5 eDrive plug-in hybrid has already been testing since last year.
This prototype wears an obvious ‘Hybrid Test Vehicle’ sticker, but also shows a second fuel cap cover on the front left fender, covering the electric socket for charging.
As for specs? It’s likely to use the same engine and technologies from the X5 eDrive, which features a turbo 4 cylinder engine outputting 171hp, paired with an electric motor providing 95 more horsepower.
The X5 eDrive travels up to 70 MPH (120kmh) on electric power alone and has a maximum range of 19 miles (30km) on electric power alone. Acceleration from 0-62 MPH takes under … CONTINUED
Chris Harris reviews the new 2014 BMW 320i at Chuckwalla Valley Raceway in California.
BMW 435i M Sport Coupe riding on Velgen VMB5 and VMB8 wheels and lowered on H&R Supersport Springs (on Adaptive M Suspension).
The 2014 BMW 328i has been selected as the winner of the Cars.Com Lifestyle Award as the Luxury Car of the Year. The BMW 328i is the perfect blend of luxury, sport and prestige. Cars.com tested it against the industry’s best luxury sport sedans in 2013 and it came out on top, beating its competitors.
According to Cars.com