Preliminary details are starting to emerge about the upcoming BMW 340i set to replace the 335i model.

At the beginning of the year we heard a rumor about BMW's plans to retire the 335i and replace it with the 340i in time for the mid-cycle refresh which as most of you know is pompously billed by the Bavarian marque as being a "Life Cycle Impulse.” As a consequence, the 306 PS (225 kW) N55 engine of the 335i will be eliminated to make room for a new B58 3.0-liter inline-six turbo motor pushing out 326 PS (240 kW).

This data was discovered by Bimmer Post thanks to a technical specs sheet of a BMW 340i prototype. It also shows the car will be available with a Mediterranean Blue Metallic paint which isn’t entirely new as it is already offered on the 2-Series Active Tourer.

On a related note, the same source indicates BMW will kill the 328i model and its N20 engine to replace it with a 330i model equipped with a B48 engine.

Gallery: 2016 BMW 340i indirectly announced with 326 PS six-cylinder engine

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