• Jul 10, 2008
The 2009 BMW 3-series will be revealed in all its facelifted glory at the Paris Motor Show and sales will begin across North America this October. The only discernible differences up front are a new fascia that apes the recently unveiled 7-series, new headlamps with "altered graphics," a contoured hood and modified mirror housings. Out back, the subtle changes continue, with a new taillight design that integrates more cleanly into the trunk lid and a reworked bumper that will join a one-inch wider track on high end version of the 3-series.

Inside, you'll find a revised armrest on the driver's side door, an updated iDrive controller and software, a high-resolution 8.8-inch screen, with options for an 80-gig hard drive that can store MP3s and the sat nav software.

The 335i's (claimed) 300 hp, 3.0-liter twin-turbo six will remain, as will the 328i's 230 hp, 3.0-liter inline-six. The new addition to the family is the 335d, which is packing a 265 hp, twin-turbo 3.0-liter straight-six diesel, equipped with urea injection to keep the U.S.'s SMOG sniffers happy. However, if you were hoping for a 335d coupe, you're out of luck – the oil burner is only available in the sedan and fitted with a six-speed automatic transmission. Otherwise, the tranny choices will include the six-speed manual or six-speed auto 'box. However, Autoweek makes no mention of the DCT gearbox. Too bad.

Expect all the details to be revealed shortly.

[Source: Autoweek]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      The best gets better! Apart from those thousand spoke wheels I really like the looks, although from a distance you'd be forgiven for thinking that this was a 5'er.

      BMW 3 Series: The Ultimate Money Printing Machine.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Isn't it about time that BMW tell how much power the 335 really makes.
      That way BMW could drop the 328 and bring back the non-striper version of the N52 engine (255+hp)

      • 6 Years Ago
      I know they are great cars and BMW sells zillions of them, but to me the 3-series (and BMW in general) have lost their way. What do these things weigh now, 3400 pounds? The great thing about the 2002 and the first few generations of 3-series was that they were just as fun at normal speeds as they were tearing up a backroad because they were so nimble and interactive. I realize that the days of 2300 pound sport sedans is long gone thanks to safety equipment, but BMW can do better than this. Even the 1 (at least in American spec with the oblicatory 6-cylinder engines) is well over 3000 lbs.
        • 6 Years Ago
        the difference in weight b/w an automatic 2008 328i vs. 325i is exactly 100pounds. the 328 also produces 25 p/f of torque more at 2750rpm vs. 3500rpm.
        my geuss is the difference is negliable if not more in favor of the new 3series, although i havent driven the new generation myself.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks like the bumper got punched right in the middle, causing its "cheeks" to swell out.

      Back end looks a little better -- angrier and more aggressive.
      • 6 Years Ago
      80 gig hard drive, JC!!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      The best gets better! Apart from those thousand spoke wheels I really like the looks, although from a distance you'd be forgiven for thinking that this was a 5'er.

      BMW 3 Series: The Ultimate Money Printing Machine.
      • 6 Years Ago
      very nice refresh. I'm happy the kidneys and the hood are completely separate now.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks the same to me! too many people drive a bimmer here in jersey...it's just too common nowadays!
      • 6 Years Ago
      The rear of this car got a little better, but looks more Japanese than before. It's still a far cry from the coupe, which is just beautiful.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Couldn't agree more. The coupe is in a class of its own but this refreshed four door is a definite step up.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Better rear end, but sorta reminds me of a Civic. Agree that the fixed roof coupe is the best of the 3-Series.
      • 6 Years Ago
      What happened to Bangles theory of the "Revolution- Evolution-Evolution-Revolution"? it seems like theyve been evolving it for 15 yrs
      • 6 Years Ago
      DCT could still debut on the refreshed coupe/convertible expected next year.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Lovely update on the taillights. The originals were really the only iffy bits on this Bangle design.

      I *really* wanted to hate this car before I drove one, and before I had driven all of its competitors. In terms of refinement, primary control feel, and path control, there really is no comparison.
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