Theophilus Chin is working on the holidays and he decided to render next year's mildly facelifted BMW 3-Series.

Theophilus Chin is working on the holidays and he decided to render next year's mildly facelifted BMW 3-Series.

BMW is preparing a subtle mid-life refresh for the 3-Series and Theo decided to render the compact executive sedan based on the most recent spy photos with camouflaged prototypes. The biggest change at the front will be the implementation of adaptive LED headlights along with slightly revised bumpers and a modestly updated front kidney grille. Some changes for the rear bumper are also being planned but nothing significant.

More importantly, the 2015 BMW 3-Series will likely be offered as a plug-in hybrid with a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine teamed up with an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery installed underneath the trunk. Already previewed, the car is expected to pack a combined output of 245 HP (180 kW) & 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) and return 117 mpg US (140 mpg UK or 2 liters / 100 km) with CO2 emissions of 50 g/km and an electric range of 22 miles (35 km).

Aside from adding a frugal version, BMW is also cooking up a hot derivative as seen in a recent batch of spy images depicting what it could be an M340i M Performance model.

The BMW 3-Series LCI could be unveiled at the beginning of March in Geneva before going on sale by mid-2015.

BMW 3-Series facelift render shows minor cosmetic tweaks