BMW 3 Series 2015 facelift spied

3 Apr, 2014 8:30am Jordan Bishop

BMW 3 Series gets mid-life refresh, with new engines and a small facelift

BMW has begun work on a mid-life update for the 3 Series, as it aims to respond to the arrival of the all-new Mercedes C-Class, a new Audi A4 on the horizon and next year's launch of the Jaguar XE.

Given the sixth-generation only launched in 2012, we’re not expecting drastic styling changes for the 2015 facelift, with a focus on the front fascia layout. There’ll be major changes under the bonnet though, as BMW introduces its new modular petrol and diesel engines.

For the first time in a 3 Series, this range will include three-cylinder powertrains, borrowed from the upcoming MINI and 2 Series Active Tourer. BMW plans to offer these 1.5-litre units in a number of models across its line-up in future, including the next 5 Series and i8.

Inside we’re expecting full TFT dials and updated ConnectedDrive, which will feature revised driver assistance systems and comfort features such as the 5 Series’ traffic jam technology.

There’s no word from BMW on prices yet, but expect a small increase across the range, with the new three-cylinders starting from £24,000.