We just received a fresh batch of spy shots depicting a couple of prototypes of the BMW 3-Series Touring facelift.

We just received a fresh batch of spy shots depicting a couple of prototypes of the BMW 3-Series Touring facelift.

BMW is preparing a subtle nip & tuck for its compact model which will be revitalized sometime this year, possibly at the Frankfurt Motor Show planned for September. Both Sedan and Touring versions are bound to receive adaptive LED headlights along with lightly updated front and rear bumpers as well as slightly different graphics for the taillights which can also benefit from LED technology.

The facelifted 3-Series will be available in the newly announced 316d specification serving as the entry-level diesel offering with a four-cylinder 2.0-liter rated at 116 HP (86 kW) and 199 lb-ft (270 Nm). When equipped with the optional eight-speed automatic gearbox, the Sedan will do the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) run in 10.6 seconds whereas the Touring needs an extra half a second.

More importantly, the 3-Series LCI will get a plug-in hybrid version which has already been previewed by BMW with a camouflaged prototype. It will have a four-cylinder 2.0-liter gasoline engine working with an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack. The hardware arrangement will enable a combined output of 245 HP (180 kW) and 295 lb-ft (400 Nm) channeled to the wheels through an updated eight-speed transmission. The 3-Series plug-in hybrid will be able to return an impressive 117 mpg US (140 mpg UK or 2 liters / 100 km), with CO2 emissions of just 50 g/km. When running solely on electric power it will be able to cover up to 22 miles (35 km) before running out of battery juice.

Currently BMW's base sedan, the 3-Series will lose this status most likely next year when the front-wheel drive 1-Series Sedan will be introduced with optional xDrive available at an additional cost.

Facelifted BMW 3-Series spied testing in Touring guise