An automotive facelift (also known as mid-generational refresh, minor model change or minor model update, life cycle impulse for BMW) comprises changes to a car's styling during its production run — including, to highly variable degree, new sheetmetal, interior design elements or mechanical changes — allowing a carmaker to freshen a model without complete redesign.
A facelift retains the basic styling and platform of the car, with aesthetic alterations, e.g., changes to the front fascia (grille, headlights), taillights, bumpers, instrument panel and center console, and various body or interior trim accessories. Mechanical changes may or may not occur concurrently with the facelift (e.g., changes to the engine, suspension or transmission).
Facelifts have occurred in some automobiles when halogen headlamps are switched from reflector to projector optics, but in other cases some have been stayed with reflector or projector optics till the end of production lifespan.
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