BMW may have ruffled feathers by putting the huge 4 Series kidney grille on the high-performance M3. Judging from a recent spy shot, though, it appears that the regular, non-M 2023 3 Series will remain free of this controversial element even after its imminent, eventual facelift. We know this thanks to a black BMW 3 Series spotted driving outside the Nürburgring sporting a bunch of swirly camouflage obscuring its front and rear fascias.
BMW is preparing a mid-cycle refresh which makes sense, timeline-wise, considering the current G20-gen 3er has been around for about three years now. Thankfully, the camo isn’t too obscuring because we can already tell that the nipped-and-tucked compact BMW sedan will retain its relatively handsome and restrained kidney grille rather than inherit the extremely polarizing 4 Series-style front end.
Judging by the wheels and exhaust tips, the car you see here looks like the M340i variant. Curiously, however, it also appears to be rocking M3-style side mirrors. In my mind, there are exactly three possible explanations for this, ordered from most likely to least:
Mirror-related mysteries aside, this upcoming 3 Series doesn’t look like it will be drastically different from the car we know now, but if the recently-revised X3 and X4 are any indication, expect slightly more chiseled, cleaner looking details.
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