For the 2016 model year, the BMW 3 Series gets a midterm facelift that goes beyond the cosmetic. That's not to say cosmetics are ignored.
The Bimmer's headlights get a sharper and more angular contour, and they're now available as full LEDs-or adaptive full LEDs. The taillights (already LEDs) have a new shape and new innards as well, although only brand aficionados will notice the difference.
The front and rear bumpers also are restyled, bringing them visually closer to the 4-series. The Sport Line aesthetic treatment now comes standard on everything but 320i models; it was previously at least a $1700 option. The Luxury Line and M Sport upgrades continue to be available, too. On top of that, the optional Premium package for the 328i and 328d now includes the aforementioned LED headlights, in addition to Comfort Access, satellite radio, and a sunroof; this package is standard on six-cylinder cars.
The most important changes, however, take place under the skin. Evidently the criticisms of the current car's dynamics have been heard, because BMW has made several chassis changes that it says produce "significantly enhanced dynamic capabilities." We like the sound of that. Retuned power steering, new front struts, and revised rear dampers are said to bring "reduced roll, improved directional stability, and a higher level of steering precision." Better still, the improvements are claimed to apply to all three suspension setups: standard, M Sport, and Adaptive M. Additionally, a new Track Handling package is available on all models except the diesel. It includes Variable Sport Steering, Adaptive M Suspension, M Sport Brakes (denoted by blue calipers), and 18-inch wheels wrapped with Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires.