Ahead of the launch of the new 3 Series next month, BMW have released details on the up coming specification changes and most importantly, the prices. Considered its core model, the popular sedan and touring wagon represent the epitome of driving pleasure.
The new 3 Series comes an updated look, including new headlights and a new signature BMW kidney grille. The front will showcase new larger air intakes for performance and cooling too.
Towards the rear, we will see slimmer taillights and flared wheel arches to give the update a more aggressive style. Inside, there’s a newly designed cockpit, showcasing BMW’s curved display approach.
This will mean that a 12.3 dash screen marries up to a 14.9-inch infotainment screen to give the driver a more dynamic and comprehensive display, along with increased levels of customisation. This also means a lot more touch screen detail, instead of buttons.
The gear selector will feature a slight re-design to match the new interior as well, and all variants now offer voice command adjustment for the on-board climate control system. BMW’s OS8 software also insures improved smartphone integration.
This means improved connectivity for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, along with over the air updates for vehicle software. There’s plenty of safety tech too, lane departure warning, lane change warning, and front collision warning with brake intervention.
You’ll also find rear crossing traffic warning and rear collision prevention, with Parking Assistant and Parking Assistant Plus adding more safety features. All models will be offered with an 8-speed steptronic sports transmission.
While BMW’s M Sport package is standard on Australian sedan and touring 3 Series vehicles, there’s also the option of the M Sport Package Pro, which adds some unique shadow-line touches, along with M Sport brakes with red callipers.
The range opens with the 320i sedan, powered by a 2.0-litre TwinPower turbocharged 4-cylinder petrol engine offering 135kW of power and 300Nm of torque. It’s priced at $78,900. The 330i runs the same engine.
It however delivers 190kW of power and 400Nm of torque. You can jump into one for $93,400 in its sedan form, or $97,400 in its touring form (the wagon is only offered in this specification).
The BMW 330e plug-in hybrid (PHEV) is powered by the same engine, which is paired with an addition electric motor, to deliver 215kW of power and 420Nm of torque. It’s priced at $97,400 as well.
The range is topped out by the M340i xDrive, which features BMW’s all-wheel drive system, and is powered by a 3.0-litre M TwinPower turbocharged inline 6-cylinder engine that produces 285kW of power and 500Nm of torque. It’s priced at $104,900.
A series of add-on packages will also be available, including a Comfort pack for the 320i, an Executive pack that spans the entire range, and the M Sport Pro offering we already mentioned. All prices mentioned are plus on-roads.
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