Upcoming 2022 BMW 3 Series: spy shots

Nick Francis

13 Sep 2021

BMW’s popular saloon is being checked in for a midlife facelift, and our spy snappers have caught a prototype being tested ahead of the full reveal next year.

> 2022 BMW 3 Series spotted testing

> PHEV model pictured

> Electric model already confirmed  

> No massive grille 

> Full reveal early 2022 

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2022 BMW 3 Series: what is it?

The BMW 3 Series is one of those cars that hardly needs an introduction, it’s been one of the go-to premium saloons for businessmen, families and young couples for decades, rivalled mainly by the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Audi A4

Right on time, the latest generation is being checked in for a midlife facelift, after it was first revealed at the Paris Motor Show in 2018. 

As is common with a mid-cycle refresh, styling changes are subtle. Despite BMW’s camouflage we can tell the new 3 Series is getting slimmer headlights and new LED daytime running lights.  

The lights at the back are changing too, and there are some minor changes to the front and back bumpers.

What we can’t see from these pictures is the interior, which is thought to be getting a more extensive overhaul and perhaps why BMW is being so careful to cover it up. It is likely to be fitted with the same curved iDrive dashboard that we’ve seen already in the iX and i4. 

That system uses a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and 14.9-inch infotainment screen and looks pretty damn impressive to be honest. 

But the biggest news for many will be the fact that the 3 Series appears to have escaped that massive grille found on models like the 4 Series. When it appeared on the new M3 earlier this year some people were nervous that it indicated that it would make its way to the entire 3 Series range, but for now it seems to keep its more discreet front end. 


2022 BMW 3 Series: what is it powered by?

The full gamut of combustion engines is expected – diesel, petrol, hybrid. The car pictured here is the plug-in hybrid (300e) which currently does 35-miles on pure-electric and produces around 300hp. 

We don’t expect any major changes to the engines currently on offer, which range from the 318i, which produces 156hp, to the M340i and diesel-powered M340d, making 374hp and 340hp respectively. 

There will for the first time be an electric version of the 3 Series, potentially inheriting the i3 nameplate, expect to arrive in 2022. Sitting below the bigger i4, the i3 will probably use the same tech as the iX3 SUV, which means it will be good for up to 285-miles per charge and support 150kW charging. 

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2022 BMW 3 Series: when will it be on sale?

The new 3 Series is expected to be revealed fully early next year, which means order books should open pretty soon into 2022. 

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2022 BMW 3 Series: how much will it cost?

While BMW hasn’t revealed any information yet, a mild hike on the current 3 Series price tag is expected, so it should start around £34,000. 

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Nick Francis

13 Sep 2021