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SPIED: BMW 3 facelift goes 3-cylinder

2014-03-28 09:16

FACELIFTED 3 SERIES: The facelifted BMW 3 Series could be launched later in 2014 or early 2015. Image: Automedia

Despite the fact that the current generation BMW 3 Series has only been on the market since 2012 the automaker is already working on a mild facelift for its most popular model. And it will include three-cylinder 1.5 engines.

Such units have already been announced for the BMW i8 hybrid and parallel brand Mini.

Spy photographers captured images of the facelfited 3 Series in Germany.

IMAGE GALLERY: 2014 BMW 3 Series (SPY)

Spy images reveal changes to the front bumper, modified air-intakes and LEDs headlights instead of xenons. Most modifications will be under the bonnet

NEW ENGINES

BMW will offer is new 3 Series with a new range of three-cylinder petrol and diesel engines.

In the future, these 1.5-litre units will power a wide range of models ranging from the new Mini to the 1, 2, 3 and 4 Series. BMW may even introduce the 1.5-litre engines in its next 5 Series and i8.

In addition to the new engine-range, the 2015 BMW 3 Series will be given updated driver assistance systems and comfort features such as the traffic-jam assistant derived from the 5 Series.

Using a camera, the system automatically controls the brakes, throttle and steering at speeds of up to 40km/h.

The facelifted BMW 3 Series, set to be launched later in 2014 or earlier in 2015, will compete against the new Mercedes C-class, Volkswagen Passat and Audi A4.
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