2022 BMW 3-Series: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

Joel Patel
Automotive Editor - January 26, 2021

Model Preview

The BMW 3-Series arrived in 2019 as an all-new model, bringing some pizzaz and excitement to the automaker’s historic nameplate. Entering its fourth model year on sale, we expect the 2022 BMW 3-Series to be a carryover model.

When BMW unveiled the new 3-Series, the compact sedan arrived with a larger footprint and more aggressive design elements. BMW’s iconic kidney grilles grew in size at the front, while the headlights, front fascia, and hood take on more angular lines. The rear end adopts wraparound taillights and dual exhaust outlets. The 2022 3-Series will share the same overall design as the current model.

On the inside, the redesigned 3-Series received a smaller overhaul that made it more streamlined. The same interior design will carry into the 2022 model year. The dashboard has a streamlined design with the infotainment screen sitting near the front of the center console. Square air vents split the HVAC controls and the physical buttons for the infotainment system.

As a carryover model, we expect the 2022 3-Series to come with a lot of the same tech features. The current model comes with an 8.8-inch touchscreen, with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, navigation, 10 audio speakers, and two USB ports as standard. Optional features include a 10.25-inch touchscreen, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, Wi-Fi hot spot, and a 16-speaker Harman Kardon audio system.

BMW 3-Series

BMW currently offers two powertrains in the regular 3-Series lineup. The standard engine is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that produces 255 horsepower. A more powerful turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six-cylinder engine that makes 382 hp. A plug-in hybrid version of the 3-Series is also available. The 330e models come with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine and an electric motor for a total of 288 hp. Rear-wheel drive is standard, while all-wheel drive is available. All models come with an eight-speed automatic transmission. These engines are expected to remain the same for the 2022 BMW 3-Series.

On the safety front, the current 3-Series comes with forward collision warning, lane departure warning, automatic emergency braking, and a rearview camera as standard. In the IIHS’ testing, the current 3-Series was named a Top Safety Pick. We expect these features and safety ratings to remain the same.

Pricing & Release Date

BMW hasn’t announced when the 2022 BMW 3-Series will go on sale yet. Based on past years, we expect to see the sedan arrive in summer 2021.

Pricing for the 2022 3-Series isn’t available yet, either. As a carryover model, we expect things to remain close to the current model’s range of $42,245 to $57,695 (including destination fees).

This compact sedan will compete with the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Audi A4, Volvo S60, and Genesis G70.

Learn more about the current 3-Series on sale now »

Pictured: 2019 BMW 3-Series

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