We bring you the first pictures of the 2016 F30 BMW 3 series Life Cycle Impulse (LCI). If you're not intimately familiar with BMW's model cycle, you might be wondering what LCI stands for. Life Cycle Impulse as BMW calls it, also commonly refereed to as a 'face lift' is the mid-life refresh that BMW does to each model. A typical body style will run 7 years so about 3.5 year in BMW refreshes the styling, changes the power train offerings and generally refreshes the car bringing it up to date visual, engine and technology wise it doesn't seem long in the tooth. The F30 3 series went on sale February 2012 as a model year 2012. Summer of 2015 will be just about 3.5 years into the F30 life and just the right time to introduce the LCI as a 2016 model year.
The visual changes are very minor reflecting how well the F30 is selling. The less dramatic the visual changes the more confident BMW feels about the current styling. For those that were hoping the head lights to the grills design language would be discontinued, you are in for a disappointment. Exterior wise most of the changes seem to be in the front end. The bumper designs will get refreshed for all the lines and the kidney grills get more aggressive angular shape. Typically BMW would add full LED rear taillights but the uncovered rear end seems to say otherwise. It could also be that BMW is not yet testing the rear end enhancements. With over a year until the LCI goes on sale there is plenty of time for additional test mules.
The biggest changes to the F30 3 series will take place under the hood. The very long in the tooth 6 cylinder N55 in the 335 will get replaced with a B58 from BMW's new engine family and the 320i will get the B48 4 cylinder turbo from the new MINI. Rumors have it that the 328i will continue with the N20 for another year, perhaps while BMW sorts out the higher power output needed from the B48 for the 328i. The 328d will continue with the N47 until the diesel variants of the new B engine line are ready to go. In all it will be an exciting upgrade to the F30 3 series, we just have to wait a year for it.
Does the LCI information effect anyone's purchasing in the next 4-8 months?
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