The new 3-Series will benefit from revised front and rear fascias that draws some of its inspiration from the recently unveiled all-new 7-Series. BMW design boss Adrian van Hooydonk said that the goal for the revised front end was to make it look wider. Which includes a heavily modified front bumper, a new hood and revised headlights. Out back the 3-Series gets revised taillights and a new rear bumper.
On the inside there are revisions to the driver’s side door to make the window controls more accessible. The much hated iDrive has also been revised with four selection buttons to make it a little easier to use.
The two current powertrains carryover, but the big news is the addition of the 335d with its 265 horsepower 3.0L diesel engine that meets U.S. emissions standards. The 335d will only be offered in the sedan. The six-speed manual and six-speed automatic will also carryover. It is rumored that the 3-Series will also get BMW’s new dual-clutch transmission.
The revised 2009 3-Series will be on sale in the US this fall.
Stay tuned for more details soon.
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