Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Debut in Paris for New 3 Series

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Debut in Paris for New 3 Series

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Byline: Steve Hughes

BMW has taken the wraps off its revised 3 Series range - but you'll be hard-pressed to spot the differences.

It's more of a mechanical makeover than a re-style for what is one of the UK's best-selling models - but it comes at a time when rivals are getting better and better.

The lucrative premium small family model out-sells traditional massmarket favourites such as the Ford Mondeo and Vauxhall Vectra - and BMW aims to keep it that way.

With the stylish new Vauxhall Insignia looming large on the horizon and set to replace the Vectra, and Ford's Mondeo scooping almost every accolade ever devised, the new 3 Series is hoping to cut a dash when it arrives here soon.

Visually the changes are minimal, with additional chrome around the headlamps with optional bi-xenons, new LED indicators and restyled door mirrors, plus changes to the side skirts, rear bumper and lights. Inside, there is a less complicated iDrive system, which is optional, an 8. …

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