We’ve been waiting for the facelifted (LCI) F30 BMW 3 Series for quite some time, and now first pictures of the updated compact exec benchmark have surfaced on the internet in both sedan and Touring forms. Evidently, this is a fairly minor update, even by BMW’s blink-and-you’ll-miss-it standards.

From what we can see, the exterior features a mildly-rejigged face with squared-off corners, a reprofiled lower air intake and new, optional full-LED headlights (previously available only on the M3, which shares its front end with the M4). Moving back, the tail lights are now fully LED and have reshaped light guides, while the rear bumper has been redesigned with a wider lower trim piece.

Two trim lines can be seen here – Sport features a single horizontal silver trim on the sides of the lower air intake, as well as the gloss black grille slats; Luxury, on the other hand has chrome grille slats, bumper trim and window trim. The M Sport pack features the same aggressive front and rear bumper design as before.

It’s interesting to note that the blue car shown here also features blue M-badged brake callipers, hitherto reserved for cars fitted with the M Sport pack, mid-tier M Performance models (like the M235i) and full-on M cars.

Inside, the modifications are even harder to spot – differences here are limited to white graphics for the climate control display (previously amber), gloss black trim surrounding the audio and climate control switchgear, silver air vent surrounds as well as what appears to be a sliding lid for the front cupholders – this differs from the lid on the old car, which you had to stow in the glove box compartment.

Technical details will have to wait for the official unveiling, but we do spot a new 340i badge on some of these cars – this hints at a new 3.0 litre B58 turbocharged straight six, replacing the current N55 mill on the outgoing 335i. The rest of BMW’s new family of turbo engines – a 1.5 litre B38 three-pot and a 2.0 litre B48 four-pot, both of which made their debut on the F56 MINI 3 Door – are also expected to feature.