2023 BMW 3 Series Facelift Arrives With More Aggressive Styling and New Technology
The 2023 update for the Bavarian best-seller treats us to a sharper look, futursitic interior, and generous standard equipmentby Dim Angelov, on
The BMW 3 Series is in its seventh generation and the current G20 model has been around since 2018. Four years later, in 2022, the model has finally received a mid-cycle refresh. The 3 Series, in general, has been the Bavarian carmaker’s best-selling model for 45 years and counting, accounting for nearly 50 percent of all BMW sales, and here’s how the latest version is planning to continue this tradition.
Exterior Enhancements for 2023
As with any facelift model, the 2023 BMW 3 Series features some subtle changes. The most noticeable changes are in the front where we see the redesigned headlights, which are slightly slimmer than the pre-facelift model and have done away with the kink at the bottom section. The iconic kidney grille (which, thankfully, is not oversized, here) has also been redesigned and now features a slightly more angular design as well as double sloths.
Another subtle design feature that makes a comeback is the shark nose, although it’s not as well-pronounced as on BMW cars from the 1970s and 1980s. We first noticed the return of this design feature on the 2024 BMW 5 Series test prototype. The 2023 BMW 3 Series also features larger air intakes for a more aggressive look.
Not much is changed on the side of the 2023 BMW 3 Series, For the US market, the standard wheel is still 18-inches, although it now features a new “796” wheel design as opposed to the outgoing model’s “780” wheel style. Opting for the M-package, now includes the M Shadow line as standard, although you can opt for another finish, free of charge.
In the rear, the changes are limited to the new, more aggressive rear diffuser, which is bigger than on the outgoing model and incorporates redesigned marker lights. These are now oriented vertically instead of horizontally.
New Interior Layout and Tech
The interior of the BMW 3 Series has always been a benchmark in terms of ergonomics, and the 3 Series continues that. The dashboard has been redesigned and now features the BMW i4’s LCD screens – a 12.3-inch instrument display and a 14.9-inch, curved infotainment screen. The infotainment screen operates through BMW’s eighth-generation iDrive system, and almost all of the car’s functions can be accessed from there, including the climate controls.
Almost all physical buttons in the interior of the 2023 BMW 3 Series have been replaced with touch-sensitive surfaces. The iDrive’s rotating knob remains in the usual spot on the center console, as does the gearshift lever, which is now much smaller. Other interior updates include new material options, which now include more customization options for the Sensatec material – BMW’s synthetic leather material. this material is especially popular in the U.S. market. Among the new options will be a perforated, Sensatec leather upholstery.
For 2023, the BMW 3 Series brings three-zone climate control and navigation as standard. The climate controls can be operated through voice commands in addition to the 14.9-inch touchscreen. BMW Live Cockpit Plus is now standard and includes BMW Maps. An immense amount of driver-assist features are also made standard, including Parking Distance Control (PDC), BMW Head-Up Display and Driving Assistant Professional, which incorporates Steering and Lane Control Assistant, and the Active Cruise Control with Stop and Go function, and much more, in terms of the latest in passive and active safety.
Performance, Pricing, and Availability
In terms of engines, BMW offers a variety of inline-four and inline-six powerplants with 150 to 374 horsepower (110 to 275 kilowatts). A 48-Volt mild-hybrid architecture is standard on all versions. All engines are paired to an eight-speed Steptronic automatic. There is an optional transmission with the same number of gears and a much sportier setting, which allows for crisper shifts, better off-the-line acceleration, and unlocks bursts of mid-range torque in Sprint Mode.
Pricing for the facelifted 3 Series has yet to be revealed, but it’s expected to launch in the U.S. market sometime in July of 2022, so pricing will likely be announced around the same time. Pricing for the current model starts out at $41,450 for the 330i and climbs to as high as $70,100 for the range-topping M3. Expect to see a mild price increase across the lineup, but nothing to wild as the 3 Series needs to remain in this fairly affordable space.