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BMW 3-series Convertible (2010) facelift spied

Published: 28 September 2009 Updated: 26 January 2015

BMW is getting busy. In the next 12 months we’ll see saloon and Touring versions of the next-generation 5-series, the new X3, plus the Mini Crossover 4×4. And amongst all the new cars will be a host of more minor model iterations, including mid-life updates for the 3-series Coupe and Convertible (pictured here).

Let’s me guess – the new BMW 3-series Coupe and Convertible get the same tweaks as the recently revised saloon and estate?

Pretty much. Both the Coupe and Convertible versions of BMW’s Three will inherit sharper LED rear lights, a smoother rear bumper and sleeker side sills. The pair will also get new door mirrors, a more angular front bumper and revised headlights.

Inside the biggest changes will be to the iDrive system, which gains revised software and welcome shortcut buttons. There will also be BMW’s ConnectedDrive, allowing in-car internet access – except in the UK, where contracts have yet to be agreed.

Under the bonnet it’s the 335i that is most heavily revised – the 3.0-litre straight-six loses a turbo, but the remaining single twin-scroll turbo maintains the 306bhp and 295lb ft outputs of the previous engine.

Both the new 3-series Coupe and Convertible are expected to appear in Spring 2010.

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By Ben Pulman

Ex-CAR editor-at-large