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New 2022 BMW 3 series

Updated design and tech for G20 model

The BMW G20 3 Series saloon and estate have received their mid-cycle update inside and out, keeping up with the recently updated Mercedes C-Class and borrows styling cues from its bigger 5 series brother. a little over three years since arriving in dealerships, in a bid to fend off the newer Mercedes C-Class.

Entering production this July and expected to be replaced around 2025 by an EV offering, the G20 codenamed 3 series accounts for 14%of BMW’s worldwide sales.  

The 3 series remains with a choice of pure petrol, petrol-electric plug-in hybrid, and a diesel powertrain assisted by a 48V mild-hybrid functionality. The highlight as of now is the 369bhp M340i, the entry level model is now the 182bhp 320i,  as the 318i and 318d are no longer listed.

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The 2022 facelifted 3 Series is clearly recognisable by its new-look front design, with trimmer LED headlights with L-shaped Daytime running lights being most noticeable, the new front is joined a gloss black revamped grille and brake cooling vents for a sharper look. At the rear, the lights stay virtually the same while remodelled bumpers and trim elements point to a more sophistication. The M Sport trim level models have greater design tweaks with a distinct hexagonal lower air intake in the front bumper and a more substantial diffuser at the rear.

New M-Performance exterior upgrades make a debut, this consists of a carbon fibre rear diffuser, bespoke wheel designs and a large rear spoiler.

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On the inside of the 3 Series is where the most clear changes are, with the G20 being the latest model to get the latest eighth-generation iDrive system which brings wireless smartphone mirroring, advanced real-time mapping, parking space locator, voice control and over-the-air upgrades and updates. All this is hosted on a new-look curved 14.9in infotainment screen and a 12.3in digital gauge cluster.

Added to the interior styling updates is a new gear selector design,  slimmer air vents, and new touch-sensitive buttons on the centre console. Prices for the 2022 3 series range from £36,000 to £52,000.


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