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2023 BMW 3-Series: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

William Kinton
Automotive Editor - January 28, 2022

Model Preview

The BMW 3-Series is a stalwart of the compact luxury sedan space, and it offers a variety of flavors from entry-level luxury to eye-watering performance depending on how you option it. BMW appears to be testing a refreshed 3-Series for the 2023 model year. The most notable changes will likely be some minor exterior updates, a refreshed interior, and possibly a new electric powertrain.

Based on some spy shots from Motor Authority, it looks like the new 3-Series will wear a new face, with an updated grille insert and new front and rear fascias. Headlights also look to be slightly redesigned with new internals to help differentiate the refreshed version from the current model. The interior is also rumored to see some changes across the lineup to help bring the 3-Series more in line with BMW’s new i4 electric hatchback. At the center of that redesign may be a larger touchscreen interface that has followed the integration of BMW’s newest version of their iDrive infotainment system in other models.

Speaking of electric, a new fully-electric powertrain may be in the cards as a prototype electric 3-Series has been seen testing. It should match the i4 in terms of power and range, with potentially 300 miles and an outlet of 335 horsepower. Current powertrains are expected to remain the same. Currently, base 330i models are equipped with a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder that produces 255 horsepower and 294 lb-ft of torque, with a plug-in hybrid version available for the 330e with 288 hp and 310 lb-ft. The M340i currently has a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six, rated at 382 hp and 368 lb-ft, while the M3 uses a version of that engine that makes 473 horsepower and 406 lb-ft in the base version, and 503 hp and 479 lb-ft in the Competition model.

BMW’s current standard safety features are fairly sparse compared to many rivals, with only forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and automatic high beams offered at no additional cost. Optionally, you can add additional features such as parking sensors, lane departure warning, and blind-spot monitoring that are offered on most other luxury cars as standard. Oddly, only the M340i is available with the more advanced and more desirable features like adaptive cruise control and traffic jam assist. We don’t expect BMW to change course here for the 2023 model year, as they have always been notorious for making you pay for extras that other manufacturers include as standard.

Pricing & Release Date

BMW has been tight-lipped about a release date for the 2023 model year, but we’ll likely see it in the fall before the end of 2022.

Pricing has also not been confirmed for the 2023 BMW 3-Series, but don’t be surprised if prices increase somewhat inflated from the current year due to the expected changes. Currently, the 3-Series range between $42,445 and $78,095 (including destination).

The BMW 3-Series has a few arch-rival competitors in the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Audi A4, with several others working hard to dethrone the Teutons such as the Genesis G70, Cadillac CT4, and Lexus IS.

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