BMW 3 Series Coupe & Convertible 2010 FaceliftSun, 17 Jan 2010
BMW has revised the 3 Series Convertible and Coupe for 2010.
It’s not actually that long until we’re due a new 3 Series from BMW (2011) but that doesn’t mean BMW are sitting on the current BMW 3 Series waiting for it to turn up its toes next year. They’re still tweaking and titivating and have revealed a round of changes for the 2010 Coupe and Convertible (which will be the 2011 MY in the US) – a facelift before the end is probably the best way to look at it.
Visually the biggest change is probably to the nose. The kidney grill gets bigger and the headlights get a slight reshaping. Bigger bumpers make the car slightly longer and the rear lights – although unchanged in shape – now get reflectors that look the same as more recent Bimmers.
Inside the big change is to the 3 Series Convertible which gets a special treatment on the leather to reduce surface temperatures on sunny days. This, BMW says, reduces temperatures by up to 20C which should stop the skin on the back of your legs blistering when you step in the car on a sunny day.
But it’s the oily bits that get most attention on the 2010 Coupe and Convertible. The 2.0 litre lump in the 320d now gets 181bhp making it a tad quicker to 62mph (7.5 seconds) and the six-pot diesel gets a similar reduction in 0-62. The 6-pot in the 335i now gets the single turbo engine from the 5 Series GT resulting in less turbo-lag and an improvement in both emissions and economy.
There’s also a new entry level 116d for the Touring which produces 115bhp and manages a remarkable 62.8mpg. Also on offer is the xDrive four wheel drive system which will available on five variants of the Coupe.
Sales of the 2010 facelifted BMW 3 Series Coupe and Convertible start in the UK in March. Prices increase overall with the Convertible now starting at over £32k and the M3 at £52,730.
Oodles of detail in the BMW 3 Series Coupe and Convertible 2010 Facelift Press Release.
By Cars UK