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A 3-Series facelift? Is BMW feeling the heat? With the Jaguar XE out and the new Audi A4 pending, a skeptic might say an updated 3-series is a sign of panic in the Munich team. But then, every car gets mid-life updates, so the 3er would have been tinkered with come what may. This facelift coincides with the 40th anniversary of the 3-Series. Even as BMW makes zillions of other models, the 3 still accounts for a third of all BMWs made and sold every year. What do we get? The main thing is new engines. But then, this is the Bavarian Motor Works we’re talking about, so it’s what you might call a core competence. One of them wears a new badge on the tail: 340i. Historians will note the significance of a new generation of BMW straight-six, as this turbo 3.0-litre is making its first appearance in any car. It produces 326bhp. It’s actually the last man standing in the great tradition of petrol straight-six 3-Series. The 330i is now a 2.0-litre four-cylinder, as is the 320i. And the 318i is a triple, rated at 136bhp. It’s effectively half the new 340i engine, and closely related to the one in the i8 and Mini Cooper.