After two years on the market, the F30 BMW 3 Series has come in for a timely nip and tuck, or LCI in BMW speak. Judging from the images, it seems like changes will be relatively minor, limited to the front of the car – the F30 still looks fresh, and BMW might not want to upset current owners by updating it massively.
Expect the facelifted model – set to arrive mid-2015 – to sport a reprofiled front bumper as well as possibly some modifications to the headlights. Full LED headlights may also make it to the options list – having already been featured on the M3 sedan – as well as BMW’s latest driver assists and connectivity systems.
No mechanical changes are known at the moment, but it is possible that the F30 LCI will gain the new TwinPower Turbo 1.5 litre three-cylinder and 2.0 litre four-cylinder engines from the F56 MINI range. The three-cylinder in the Cooper makes 136 hp and 220 Nm, bang on what the current 316i makes.
The four-pot, meanwhile, can push out 255 hp and 400 Nm in its highest tune, which would be suitable for a 328i – the current model makes 245 hp and 350 Nm. In the Cooper S, it produces 192 hp and 280 Nm, an increase of 8 hp and 10 Nm over the current 320i. A version of this engine could also make it to a plug-in hybrid eDrive version.