2023 Author: Charles Youmans | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-05-20 18:41
BMW's latest design developments have come under heavy criticism. There was even an opinion that it was completely incompatible with some of the brand's models. The seventh generation of the 3-series (G20) has been on the market for over three years now and it seems the time has come for a facelift. But as you can see in the latest spy shots, the changes will be quite minor.
The prototype of the new BMW 3-Series
The updated M340i was spotted in Germany at the famous Nürburgring. The 3 Series LCI looks set to retain its familiar grille without swapping it out for the vulgar XXL size we saw on the new M3 (photo: motor1.com). Camouflage covers almost the entire front of the car, which may seem like a lot of new and interesting things are hidden under it, but, most likely, the sedan will receive only very small cosmetic changes.
The major facelift update will include the interior, where the eighth generation iDrive infotainment system will be installed in the cabin. This media was introduced earlier this year for the electric iX and i4 models. It includes two screens located next to each other, just like in many Mercedes of recent years.
Recall that in the i4, which is effectively an electric version of the 4 Series Gran Coupe, the latest iDrive was equipped with a large 14.9 "touchscreen and a 12.3" digital instrument cluster. Both displays do not have bezels, which creates the illusion of one huge ultra-wide monitor. At the same time, the infotainment system is slightly tilted towards the driver for better interaction with the interface.
The restyling of the 3 Series will herald the first version of the electric vehicle to support BMW's efforts to reduce emissions. The lineup will also include the already confirmed electrical modifications of the next generation 5th and 7th series.