The current-generation BMW 3 Series has only been around for a couple years, but keeping with the company’s LCI ethos, it’s not surprising to see that the 3 Series is due to get a facelift. This fresh batch of spy photos straight from our photographers is proof of that.
For the most part, the camouflage on the 3 Series was left on the front end, but our curious eyes did find a few hints of change on the face of the 3er. Looking closely, you might notice that the front bumper has been redesigned to accommodate the more upright air intakes.
On the flip side, the unmistakable kidney grilles appear to be taking the inverse route as the intakes, looking more and more like its veering towards the grille design on the i3 and the i8 . Maybe our eyes are fooling us, but that’s what the photo is showing.
What we can at least expect are more details of the revised 3 Series in the coming months with the model set for its debut later this year.
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August 6, 2014 - Facelift BMW 3 Series caught in both sedan and wagon versions
Moving to the back, the biggest difference we saw is the position of the dual tailpipes. Whereas the current 3 Series sees both on either side of the plates, this 3 Series has the tailpipes clumped together on the driver’s side. This could play into the reported changes under the hood of the 3 Series, which is expected to receive new gas and diesel engines that are currently found in the Mini.
A newcomer to compact luxury sedan market is the Cadillac ATS, and despite its still-short life span, the ATS has one objective in mind: take down the heavyweights of the entry-level luxury market, including the Mercedes C-Class and the BMW 3 Series.
This luxury sports sedan has lofty goals on its sculpted shoulders and if it hopes to accomplish that, it’s going to need every ounce of magic it has to accomplish that. Fortunately, Cadillac did the ATS right with its design package, fresh in its style yet still captures that unmistakable classy Cadillac look.
This peppy sedan starts out with a 2.5-liter four-pot that delivers 202 horsepower and 191 pound-feet of torque, and caps out with the 3.6-liter V-6 that punches out 321 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque. Between those two engines is the turbocharged 2.0-liter with 272 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque.
Gallery Cadillac ATS
The fourth-generation Mercedes C-Class has arrived, and it came to the party with a number of new styling tweaks that appear to have been taken from the F800 Concept Car that was displayed in Geneva four years ago. The more noticeable changes appear in the different trims of the C-Class. Whereas the C-Class Sport comes with a centrally positioned, three-point-star logo, the Exclusive comes with a classic sedan grille with the Mercedes star on the hood.
The 2015 C-Class also grew in size to help it separate its wares from the new CLA . Now 3.7 inches longer, 1.6 inches wider, and 3-inch growth in wheelbase, the C-Class looks bigger and better than ever before.
Two engine options are in the options list for U.S. clients. The base model is the C300 4MATIC, and it features a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine that makes use of a turbocharger and direct injection to pump out 235 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. Moving up into the C400 4MATIC nets the model a 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6 that pounds out 329 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque.