India-bound 2015 BMW 3 Series (facelift) leaked with LED headlights - Report

07/05/2015 - 14:35 | ,   | Anjan Ravi

New 340i variant with inline-six cylinder added to lineup.

Ahead of its global premiere today, the first images of the 2015 BMW 3 Series (facelift), or the BMW 3 Series LCI, have leaked on the internet.

2015 BMW 3 Series facelift front quarter leaked
The base variant of the 3 Series facelift is expected to get the 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine.

At first glance, this appears like the current 3 Series, mainly because the cosmetic changes are minuscule in nature. The front fascia gets a slightly tweaked bumper, but more importantly, comes with LED headlights, a first on the 3 Series nameplate.

The changes on the rear are a bit more distinguishable thanks to the new LED bands on the taillight enclosures. Like the front, the rear bumper too gets a mild design update. The Blue color seen on this car is reported to be a new shade, and that completes the exterior changes.

2015 BMW 3 Series facelift dashboard leaked
The iDrive system, like the current model, will be offered in two screen sizes.

Inside, the updated F30 gets chrome surrounds for the automatic climate control and chrome accents for the doors and side vents. A press release, expected later in the day, should throw more light on the exact nature of changes.

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The 2015 3 Series in these images is the new 340i variant which is powered by an inline-six cylinder engine. It is not expected to launch in India however, as BMW will continue to use the 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel engine under the 320d variant.

Rivals: Mercedes C Class, Audi A4, Jaguar XE
Expected Price: INR 30-40 lakhs, ex-Showroom
Launch date: Unveiling today

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