In BimmerCast #7 I commented on how BMW removed the “smoker ‘s package ” on the 2010 3 Series. While I have no issue with the lack of ash tray and it being replaced by another rubber bottomed cubby, I was displeased with the lack of a power socket.
The thing is, BMW did not remove the socket altogether. The engineers just placed it in a location that nobody would ever see or think to look for such a thing. There is no plastic plug or anything to indicate an outlet may be there. If you are sitting in the car it is not visible. You actually have to get on your hands and knees to search for the thing. As the photos show, it is tucked away in the passenger side foot well under the glove box.
Glad to see it has not become one of those items lost to the bean counters.
Many thanks for help locating the socket go out to our friends over atBMW of Ridgefield, and BMWNA!