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Facelifted 2015 BMW 3-Series goes official

Facelifted 2015 BMW 3-Series goes official

Snapshot: Following the images leaked a day ago, BMW has now officially unveiled the 2015 3-series facelift in the U.S.

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Following the images leaked a day ago, BMW has now officially unveiled the 2015 3-series facelift in the U.S. The 2015 BMW 3-Series becomes the first 3-series ever to get a hybrid unit as well as an efficient 3-cylinder engine. The new 3-series will receive subtle tweaks on the outside while major changes inside the cabin. Though, it's the engine department where the BMW has put in a lot of effort.

Speaking of the changes outside, the new 3-series gets a subtle mod-job like the revamped air dam along with the reworked headlights, that can be changed to LED's on demand. On the rear too, the 3-series gets revised bumper with the standard LED taillights. While BMW provides a new set of alloy wheels, they are also offering a wide array of exterior paint schemes on the 3-series facelift.

On the inside, the changes are rather dramatical as compared to subtle changes of exteriors. The cabin is made up of the entirely new materials with chrome accents around the air vents and central control panel. The navigation system gets more realistic 3D graphics and faster processing. It gets a head-up display with full color display and so does it gets a Parking Assistant granting automatic parallel parking.

But the most important changes are not visual in nature but mechanical. BMW will provide the new 3-series with four petrol and seven diesel engines with varied power range. While the petrol engines will be rated from 136 PS to 326 PS, the diesel engine will range from 116 PS to 313 PS. The known 320i comes with a new 2.0-litre unit with 184 PS output, the 328i will be replaced by beefier 330i with a 252 PS rating.

There will be many new additions to the 3-series engine lineup, significant of which is the base 318i, the hybrid 330e and the top-of-the-line 340i. The entry-level 318i will get a 3-cylinder turbocharged 1.5-litre petrol engine that produces 136 PS power and 220 Nm torque. This amount of power will push the sedan from 0-100kmph in 8.9 seconds before topping out at 210 kmph.

While the 318i is the base engine, the mighty 6-cylinder 3.0-litre all-aluminum unit will power the 340i that replaces the 335i. The engine churns out 326 PS power and 450 Nm maximum torque. The engine is mated to an 8-speed Steptronic gearbox that pushes the car from 0-100 kmph in 5.1 seconds only with a maximum limited speed of 250 kmph). 

A more futuristic addition to the engine lineup of the BMW 3-series is the 330e plug-in hybrid model. The unit is capable of generating 252 PS and 420 Nm of combined output. This amount is enough to do a 0-100 kmph sprint in 6.3 seconds with a maximum speed of 225 kmph. The claimed mileage of hybrid 3-series is 2.1 litres/100km with 49 g/km of CO2 emissions. The electric-only mileage of the 330e is 35 km.

When and what models will the BMW will launch in India is not yet clear, but the sale of the facelifted BMW 3-Series will go in the second half of 2015 in the U.S.

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