Not content with offering one of the most environmentally friendly model ranges, BMW has announced a whole host of changes to its 3 Series lineup, with a fresh new look for the Coupé and Convertible derivatives, and a revised range of engines
The saloon and touring models received a freshener in 2008, and now it is the turn of the Coupé and Convertible to get similar treatment. This means revised front lights, featuring an illuminated ‘eyebrow’, a new-style kidney grille, and a freshly designed bumper. At the rear, there are new red light clusters featuring LEDs, and a reprofiled rear bumper. On the inside, leather seats are now standard on all Coupé and Convertible models.
Under the bonnet, there’s a new improved fourcylinder 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine, now producing 181bhp and 280lb ft of torque – up 7bhp and 22lb ft compared to its predecessor. Fuel economy and CO2 emissions are both improved upon. Six-cylinder 325d versions also receive a similar raft of changes, now developing 201bhp and 317lb ft of torque. This results in the CO2 emissions decreasing by 2g/km, to 151/gkm, on Coupé versions. Last, but not least, the flagship 335d Coupe has also been fettled, resulting in lower CO2 emissions and better fuel economy, at 174g/km and 42.8mpg respectively.
The revised 3 Series range goes on sale in March, with prices starting at £30,200 for the 320d SE Coupé, and rising to £43,550 for the 330d M Sport Convertible automatic.