BMW restyles the 3 SeriesRevamped models go on sale in September

18 July 2008

The revamped BMW 3 Series

BMW has unveiled a new look - both inside and out - for its core model, the 3 Series.

The revised line-up – on sale in September - features a range of five petrol and five diesel engines, including an all-aluminium engine for increased performance and efficiency.

BMW says it’s also improved fuel economy and emissions figures, in some cases by enough to drop a car tax band.

The diesel-powered BMW 318d saloon and Touring will be available with a six-speed automatic gearbox for the first time.

Subtle restyle

The front and rear of the 3 Series has been redesigned. BMW says the interior features a revised centre console – which houses the revamped iDrive system – and more luxurious materials.

All 3 Series saloon and Touring models come with six airbags, front and rear Isofix child seat mounts and a stability control system.

The current generation of 3 Series was first seen in 2005 and since then an average of 28,000 saloons and 9,000 Touring models are sold every year.

Emissions

The revamped 3 series will go on sale on 20 September and prices have yet to be confirmed.

Which? Car editor Richard Headland said: ‘Aesthetically, the 3 Series’ mid-life refresh is nothing to get excited about – it looks much the same as before, but with some changes to the light clusters and some extra creases in the bodywork.

‘However, it continues BMW’s recent drive to cut emissions and boost economy – some of the claimed figures for the 3 Series put other carmakers to shame.

‘If you're looking to save on fuel or company car tax, this is worth waiting for.’