More dynamic, full of V-shape cuts and nasal ridges, the refreshed 3-series is now even better to look at. The prominent creases on the bonnet lend the car a sense of aggression, and this design element mates well with the rest of the look. The double-kidney grille has been reworked, and is in fact more in keeping with the current BMW grilles. The front bumper and chin have been reworked too and add to the strong 'V' look of the nose. The detailing of the headlights is new, there are new tail-lamps and new 3, finally, has larger and more practical mirrors.
A new alloy wheel design and a lip on the rear bumper complete the cosmetic mods to the 3-series. With all the changes, the car manages to look fresh and attractive. It also comes with a bunch of upgrades in the new Highline trim. The suspension setup is now softer, after complaints about the super-stiff ride, the engine puts out 20bhp more and there’s more equipment too. The BMW also remains true to the European luxury car format with the longitudinal engine and rear-wheel-drive layout. And of course, it comes with the ‘bad road suspension package’ to handle Indian roads.
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