A test mule for the facelifted BMW 3-Series has been spied testing in the depths of Europe’s winter wearing minimal camouflage covering the subtle yet noticeable visual modifications.
This particular prototype appears to feature the optional LED headlights which alongside the adoption of BMW’s new and improved LEDs, will also feature a subtly different design. Elsewhere, the taillights of the following tester are noticeably different to the units of the existing BMW 3-Series. Additionally, the facelifted BMW 3-Series will feature tweaks to the front and rear bumpers.
On an engine front, the facelifted BMW 3-Series will become available with the German firm’s 1.5-litre turbocharged three-cylinder diesel and petrol engines with power being sent to the rear wheels. Furthermore, the firm’s 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine and its 3.0-litre inline-six unit will be heavily revised.
As for the BMW 3-Series Plug-In Hybrid, it will make use of a twin-turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine joined with an electric motor and mated to an eight speed Steptronic transmission. The internal combustion and electric motor make for a combined 242 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. The electric motor alone is enough to propel the 3-Series Plug-In Hybrid prototype to a top speed of 120 km/h.