The new 3 series features a modernised design, especially in the front
Like other recent BMW vehicles, the new 3 includes a large curved display for the infotainment and the instruments
No mechanical changes have been made to the new model
The 2023 BMW 3 Series will arrive in Canada in July of this year with its modernised appearance that is an evolution of the previous model rather than a completely new design.
This means that the front end in particular will see some modifications to look closer to other recent BMW vehicles, such as the revised LED headlamps and the enlarged kidney grilles, but the new 3 Series will be more conservative than most other models in the lineup, such as the M3 and the i4.
Indeed, the designers resisted stretching the kidneys down to the bottom of the bumper like they did with those two models, preferring instead a larger opening under the traditionally shaped kidney grilles.
Inside, the changes are immediately noticeable and there, the next 3 Series is very similar to the i4, which is its electric counterpart in the BMW lineup.
This is because the 3 Series will feature a large curved screen that incorporates both the infotainment system and the driver information display in a single glass pane, just as it is in the i4 and iX EVs.
Other changes include a new recessed toggle switch that replaces the shift lever and the latest version of the BMW iDrive infotainment system, which improves upon the voice commands in order to allow drivers and passengers to control more functions of the vehicle without having to touch any controls.
Under the hood, changes are minimal since the same powertrains return for the new model year. This means that the 3 Series can still be powered by a choice of three different powertrains, some with or without the xDrive all-wheel drive system.
The entry-level 330i xDrive will be powered by a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine, as it was in 2022, and the 330e and 330e xDrive return with the same plug-in hybrid powertrain.
The M340i is also still powered by the same engine, a 3.0L turbocharged inline-six-cylinder unit that gained a 48-volt mild hybrid system in 2022 in order to improve efficiency and provide a boost of low-down torque.
BMW hasn’t released any pricing information yet for the 2023 3 Series in Canada but this information is expected soon since sales are set to begin in only two months.