Back in the days before the Internet “brochure leak” became commonplace, some of you WCF veterans from the old GermanCarFans.com days might remember the BMW E90 3-Series Slovenian brochure leak incident back in 2004. GCF was one of the first to break the story, and we received international coverage from major news outlets around the globe. It was an important moment in WCF history.
True to the original, it seems the same has happened again, but this time for the E90 facelift. A nostalgic tear rolls down our cheek as BMW enthusiast site, Bimmerfile.com, has obtained scans of the 2009 BMW 3-Series mid-cycle facelift.
With an unveiling in Paris and market launch before the end of the year, the 3-Series makeover shows a redesigned front bumper with reshaped kidney grilles, resculpted hood lines, redesigned front headlamps and taillamps.
Inside minor changes plus new trim materials are expected as well as iDrive becoming optional. Engines will remain the same, although some tweaks and improvements for fuel efficiency and emissions will be announced.
Overall, subtle changes, yet strong enough to communicate a fresh new look.