• May 31, 2008
For those fond of delving deep into E90 minutiae, these are the best shots yet showing off the subtle changes coming to the BMW 3-series. For the rest of us, the tweaks are largely inconsequential. World Car Fans has unearthed some of the clearest shots yet, and the change that most people will notice are the taillamps, which look to get a slightly different shape. It even appears that the cutlines between the taillamp pieces on the trunklid won't line up with the rest of the cluster mounted in the quarter panel - asymmetry. The mirrors look to gain large repeaters for the blinkers, possibly just a camouflage ruse, and minor updates likely go on inside and underhood, too. Also likely to be quite noticeable once the wraps come off is a reshaped front fascia, which appears to place foglamps next to the license plate. Overall, a mild refreshing until a new 3-series can be whipped up. In the meantime, the new 7 will set the template for BMWs to come.
[Source: World Car Fans]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      I am very happy the old kidney grille with the 6-series style "raised eyebrow" or whatever you would want to call it is being phased out. It was the most hideous part of the E90 generation, and although the taillights still suck, changing the grille is a good move. When I got my 335 coupe I was very happy the grille was normal! It's time for the sedan cousin to get the same treatment!
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'm not talking about the headlamps if that's what you're referring too...I don't know exactly how to call it...it's the raised chrome strip on the hood from the kidney grilles... it's on the 6 series and the e90.

        • 6 Years Ago
        I thought the raised eyebrow was on the 5 series. I have a 6 series. The eyebrows are straight and rather boring looking when viewed out of context.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The less Hyunda-like the tail lights, the better.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I agree with ambientFLIER. The current tail lights should look more like this: http://rpmauto.blogspot.com/2008/05/bmw-3-series-update.html
        • 6 Years Ago
        I don't care who used what first...the current tails on the 3 sedan are horrible.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I agree that the lights are the weakest part of the 3 series. I love it anyways, though.

        BTW, there are aftermarket 3 series sedan lights that look absolutely awesome. Also, when they're smoked on a white 3 they look good.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It really is difficult to ruin the 3 Series any more than it has already been blighted. The clear side markers notwithstanding, the entire 3 Series line is an ugly contemporary manifestation of uneven lines, in my opinion.

      This is by far the most hideous 3 Series ever to be conceived. In fact, it is so very odd and plain, that it should be called a Hyundai instead, or even a Lexus.

      Because those rear light clusters, coupled with the uninspiring rear bumper design, are cues that are more reminiscent of a dangly Asian import.
        • 6 Years Ago
        bland my ass

        the e90 (pre facelift) is the most avantgarde 3 yet

        if you understood the style, you would appreciate it more
      • 6 Years Ago
      "The mirrors look to gain large repeaters for the blinkers, possibly just a camouflage ruse"

      I see the real "blinker" quite clearly on the side panel.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It definitely needed a change.

      http://www.spystyle.com

      • 6 Years Ago
      to me... they took the worst part of the 1-series... the headlights... and stuck them on the 3-seriies... Nooooooo!
      • 6 Years Ago
      From what I could see the pictures, the tail light clusters do line up. They used silver tape on the trunk lid cluster to make it look like they don't. Very clever.
      • 6 Years Ago
      why do (must) they produce a face lifted car and test it on open roads, then get spied? I don't think tail lights need a 1000km testing, but I could be wrong.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I like how it looks from these shots. But what I'm left to wonder is will any of this slight facelift carry onto the E92 M3 Sedan?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks like I'll never be getting rid of my E46 at this rate. I thought BMW learned from the E90 that the tail lights should have horizontal lines parallel with the ground. This whole curvy crap makes it look terrible. And what is up with all of the lines just for the sake of having lines? It looks like some industrial designer decided to test out the latest CAD software tutorial and draw as many lines as possible.

      I'm crossing my fingers and hoping the next design will be closer to the E46, 36, or even 30.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't like the changes, doesn't look as aggressive or sleek from those photos.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Just tell me they cleaned up the Bangle Blunder.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Too much Bangle bashing... proof is that BMW is selling more than ever.

        I think he can get some credit for what he did.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The proof is people are choosing content over image, where they would normally choose image over content.

        Credit? Sure, he gets to burn in hell first for his crimes.
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