2015 Frankfurt Motor Show LIVE: 2016 BMW 3 Series facelift image

Revealed back in May, the BMW 3 Series lineup has underwent a mid-life refresh that seeks to secure its place among the competitors – given that the Mercedes C Class and Audi A4 are both out or coming with new generations.

The exterior changes are treated like “hidden gems” and can be called subtle at best, with the automaker claiming it has refreshed the front aprons with new air intakes and the updated headlights can now make full use of the LED technology. At the back the taillights are also full-LEDs and the modified apron will have a specific trim element depending on the Line the client chose. There are also numerous new paint colors as well as fresh alloy designs. Inside the cockpit we find another host of subtle changes, including new materials and a new full color head-up display and a refreshed Navigation Professional system that is speedier and comes with more realistic 3D graphics. BMW has also added 4G LTE Internet connectivity and an upgraded Parking Assistant with automatic parallel parking.

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Engine choice is as exhaustive as ever: four petrol and seven diesel powerplants all in compliance with the Euro 6 Standard and with a performance range of 136 PS (100 kW) to 326 PS (240 kW) for gasoline and of 116 PS (85 kW) to 313 PS (230 kW) for the diesel side. Notably, the 320i now uses a new 2.0-liter 4-cylinder with 184 PS (134 kW) and 290 Nm (214 lb-ft) of torque. Another upgrade features the introduction of the all-new 6-cylinder 3.0-liter all-aluminum mill in the 340i that comes with 326 PS (240 kW) and 450 Nm (332 lb-ft). The Bavarian marquee is also adding the 330e plug-in hybrid that has a total power of 252 PS (185 kW) and 420 Nm (310 lb-ft) – needing just 2.1 liters / 100 km (112 mpg) and coming with an electric range of 35 km (22 miles).