YAY!! No more spy photos, no more rumors, no more non-sense. After last week unveiling of the new 7 Series, BMW released the official photos of its 3 series Facelift that will mark its debut at the Paris Show in October.
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As we noticed before, there are quite a few changes in the facelifted 3 Series, such as heavily profiled bumper, newly contoured hood and reworked headlamps with altered graphics.
At the rear, the new LED taillights have replaced the previously not-so-hot ones. The rear has a widener look due to its redesigned bumper and rear track that on upper-end models has been extended by nearly an inch.
We now have the official confirmation that the facelifted 3 series will indeed receive the updated iDrive, connected to an 8.8-inch navigation screen. The news come from the fact that the rumored 40GB hard drive has been repaced by an 80 GB one that will store maps, contacts or MP3 files. This makes me wornder if the 80GB is an extra upgrade or just standard.
The engine selection stays the same, the award-winning twin-turbo 3.0 liter with 300 ponies and the regular 3.0L with 230 horsepower. The diesel engine will finally arrive to the states, apparently a little delayed, now due to launch in November. The engine will be a 3.0L twin turbo outputting 265 horsepower, which uses a urea-injection system to meet U.S. emissions standards.
The diesel will be offered only in the sedan.Transmissions include a standard six-speed manual and an optional six-speed automatic. The diesel comes with the automatic as its only transmission.
DCT gearbox? Hmm, no news yet.
The petrol sedan and wagon will go on sale in October, so all the BMW dealerships in the States should receive their updated ordering guides soon.
[Source: Autoweek ]
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