Great exterior presence, sophisticated and high-quality interior
The design of the new BMW 3-Series stands out with even greater precision and various detail improvements. At the front end, new aprons with revised air intakes accentuate the feeling of width, while the sensor for the optional Active Cruise Control (ACC) is harmoniously integrated into the central air intake. The sculptural rear apron design, including a Line-specific trim element, and standard LED rear lights likewise emphasise the car's width and thus its sporting appearance. An innovative lighting concept, featuring newly designed headlights and striking LED daytime driving lights, underlines the car's sporty and powerful visual appeal. Full-LED headlights can now be specified as an option. The interior, meanwhile, makes an even classier impression with new materials and additional chrome highlights for the controls, air vents and central control panel. The newly crafted centre console with a sliding cover for the cupholders enables better use of the storage surfaces forward of the gearshift lever and takes the outstanding ergonomics of the BMW 3-Series to an even higher level. A wide range of personalisation options as far as upholstery and interior trim elements are concerned, as well as new wheels, exterior colours and equipment options, round off the specification choices for the new BMW 3-Series.
Setting the benchmark - even sportier, even more efficient
All the three-, four- and six-cylinder petrol engines for the BMW 3-Series model range and the four-cylinder diesel units in the BMW 316d, BMW 318d and BMW 320d are now sourced from the newly developed, modular BMW EfficientDynamics engine family. Features including revised turbochargers help give the new four-cylinder diesel engines even sharper responses, while the three-cylinder petrol engine is a new addition to both the BMW 3-Series model range and the segment as a whole. Making its BMW 3-Series debut is the four-cylinder petrol engine in the BMW 320i Sedan/BMW 320i Touring (combined fuel consumption: 5.9- 5.3/6.3-5.5 l/100 km [47.9-53.3/44.8-51.4 mpg imp]; combined CO2 emissions: 138-124/147-129 g/km). Celebrating their world premiere, meanwhile, are the four-cylinder unit in the BMW 330i Sedan/BMW 330i Touring (combined fuel consumption: 6.5-5.5/6.7-5.8 l/100 km [43.5- 51.4/42.2-48.7 mpg imp]; combined CO2 emissions: 151-129/157- 135 g/km) as well as the six-cylinder petrol unit in the BMW 340i Sedan/ BMW 340i Touring (combined fuel consumption: 7.7-6.5/7.0-6.8 l/100 km [36.7-43.5/40.4-41.5 mpg imp]; combined CO2 emissions: 179-152/164- 158 g/km). Despite their superior power, further improvements have also been made to the efficiency of the engines; fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are down by as much as 11 per cent. The new 320d EfficientDynamics Edition Sedan (combined fuel consumption: 4.3- 3.8 l/100 km [65.7-74.3 mpg imp]; combined CO2 emissions: 113-99 g/km) develops 120 kW/163 hp, yet emits just 99 g/km of CO2 when the eightspeed Steptronic transmission and standard tyres are specified. Indeed, the new transmissions also contribute to the increased efficiency of all variants.
On cars specified with the six-speed manual gearbox, the engagement speed control function automatically blips the throttle on downshifts, for example. The eight-speed Steptronic transmission allows multiple sequential downshifts, which has a positive effect on smoothness and acoustics. The coasting function, meanwhile, increases efficiency by another notch. The further developed dampers, stiffer suspension and even more precise steering of the new BMW 3-Series ensure a clear elevation of the new BMW 3-Series' dynamic potential, combined with the same impressive ride quality as that of its predecessor.
New Navigation system Professional and LTE mobile technology
BMW plays a leading role in the link-up of driver, vehicle and outside world. Its BMW ConnectedDrive range of products and services offers a unique selection of web-based services and innovative driver assistance systems designed to enhance comfort and improve safety. For example, the full-colour BMW Head-Up Display in the new BMW 3-Series enables all relevant information to be displayed directly in the driver's field of vision, leaving the motorist to concentrate fully on the road ahead. The Navigation system Professional impresses in city centres, in particular, with quicker start-up, significantly faster route calculation and even more realistic 3D graphics. The navigation maps are automatically updated free of charge for a period of three years. In the owner's home region, the embedded SIM card allows these updates to take place automatically over the air via the mobile phone network. The new BMW 3-Series is the first model (depending on the equipment specified) in the premium mid-size sports segment to support the fastest current mobile technology standard (LTE). The Parking Assistant now enables automatic parallel parking as well, while Auto PDC also automatically activates the front parking sensors when manoeuvring.
The latest instalment in an iconic history
The BMW 3-Series created the modern sporting sedan segment 40 years ago and has since set the pace among its rivals as far as dynamics, efficiency and emotionally rich design are concerned. The latest-generation BMW 3-Series represents another flawless embodiment of this commitment to benchmark excellence.
The original - more attractive than ever before
Since 1975 the BMW 3-Series has furnished regular evidence of its dynamic ability. Whether in comparison tests, on the race track or in everyday use, it has traditionally set the benchmark in the sporting mid-size segment. Introduced to complement classical rear-wheel drive in the model-line up, BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive has also underlined this commitment to pre-eminence. The new BMW 3-Series Sedan and new BMW 3-Series Touring embody unbeatable efficiency in their class and combine leading fuel economy with the sporting ability customers expect from a BMW. The cars' dynamic talents are reflected in their looks, which impress with their precision, tautness and elegance. The new BMW 3-Series is the original in its class - and now, with this latest model refresh, it is more attractive than ever before.
From straightforward product to the most important model series in the BMW portfolio
In 1975 BMW opened the first chapter in a success story destined to endure for decades. The first generation of the BMW 3-Series was referred to by its development code E21, and by 1983 sales of the all-new mid-size model - its four- and six-cylinder engines developing between 55 kW and 105 kW - had reached almost 1.4 million examples. Its successor, the E30, brought with it a new development: the first six-cylinder diesel engine in the expanding sports sedan segment. Additional variants - a four-door model, touring model and Convertible, as well as the introduction of optional all-wheel drive - provided the second generation of the BMW 3-Series with the platform to expand its potential between 1982 and 1994. Next up was the E36 (1990 - 1999), the first BMW 3-Series also available in Coupe form, whose four-cylinder diesel engines further bolstered the model series' status as a segment leader. The E46 generation (1998 - 2006) managed to increase performance yet also make more efficient use of diesel through the introduction of common rail direct injection. In 2005 the fifth-generation BMW 3-Series arrived in the shape of the E90, with efficiency and dynamics once again noticeably enhanced. The introduction of the EfficientDynamics package of measures in 2007 enabled BMW to further strengthen its leading position in this area.
A success story on race tracks as well as roads around the world
The BMW 3-Series has also illustrated its sporting pretensions through numerous successes in motor sport competition down the years. The first BMW M3, for example - a sports version of the E30 with distinctive flared front wings - was designed as a homologation model for the German DTM touring car race series and went on to epitomise the family-friendly sports car. The BMW M3 duly won the World Touring Car Championship in 1987, its very first season in race competition. This and numerous other championship titles, plus countless race victories, make the Group A E30 BMW M3 the world's most successful touring car to date. Four victories in a row at the 24- hour race at the NÃ¼rburgring-Nordschleife, backed up by another eight wins recorded by the subsequent generation on the world's toughest race track (including back-to-back one-two finishes in 2004 and 2005) tell you all you need to know.
The 3-Series - the heart of the BMW brand
With its sporty dynamics and outstanding efficiency, the BMW 3-Series sets the benchmark in driving pleasure. This is also reflected in the sales success of the mid-size BMW: since it was first launched in 1975, over 14 million BMW 3-Series cars have been delivered worldwide - and the Sedan and Touring today account for around 25 per cent of total BMW vehicle sales. The BMW 3-Series therefore embodies the heart of the BMW brand more than any other model.
The new BMW 3-Series continues the successful history of this model series and is committed to building on its leading role in the mid-size sports segment. In sports sedan guise, it has brought together highly attractive, dynamic design with exceptional dynamics, efficiency and unbeatable practicality for four decades. And in Touring form, the BMW 3-Series has combined its top-class dynamic attributes with increased versatility to meet the challenges of leisure and everyday use since 1988.
Design and equipment
The eye-catching looks of the new BMW 3-Series imbue it with a striking presence on the road. The distinctively sculpted long bonnet and set-back passenger compartment team up with the short front and rear overhangs and long wheelbase to create the extremely dynamic proportions that are as much a hallmark of BMW as ideal 50:50 weight distribution. Precisely designed headlights further emphasise the dynamic credentials of the BMW 3-Series, while the powerful rear end of the Sedan and Touring, complete with a clearly defined new lighting design, underlines their sporting appearance to excellent effect.
Individuality and personality
Revised headlights provide an even more vivid visual showcase for the dynamic flair of the new BMW 3-Series. LED indicators now positioned as "eyebrows" above the headlights and integrated in noticeably more horizontal form give the optional LED headlights a look of even greater concentration. In cars with standard specification, the headlights are joined by two LED daytime driving light units on each side. These light strips highlight the hallmark BMW twin headlight arrangement and create a stylistic link between the headlight units and the BMW kidney grille. They give the car a clear road presence in daylight, too, and ensure a strong recognition value both from a distance and in the dark.
Full-LED lights and BMW Selective Beam as an option
The new BMW 3-Series can be ordered as an option with full-LED headlights, which are even more efficient than the xenon headlights offered to date and accentuate the sharper gaze of the front end. In addition, the "eyes" of the BMW 3-Series have moved further apart, visually strengthening the car's broad stance on the road. The daytime driving lights are even more striking and precise thanks to the levelled off upper and lower edges of the LED light tubes. These also form a visual connection with the BMW kidney grille in the shape of an LED light bar. Another contributor to the technology leadership status of the new BMW 3-Series is the optional BMW Selective Beam system. The camera-based, anti-dazzle High Beam Assistant adjusts the car's lights dynamically using actuators to ensure the road is illuminated as well as possible without dazzling oncoming traffic and vehicles travelling ahead. This helps to maximise the use of the main beam and significantly widen the illuminated area in front of the car - further increasing driving pleasure, enhancing visibility and therefore improving safety at night.
New width-enhancing effect and stronger visual presence
Broader side air intakes in the front apron give the new BMW 3-Series Sedan and new BMW 3-Series Touring an even stronger stylistic presence. This powerful appearance is further underlined by the strikingly sculptural and precise form of the bumpers. The new, more intricate structure of the central air intake also allows the radar sensor for the Active Cruise Control (ACC) to be integrated more discreetly.
The rear end with its sporty design also impresses with its likewise highly sculptural, clearly defined lines. The newly designed rear lights are full-LED units. The light bars, arranged in a distinctive BMW "L" shape and now more heavily curved, lend greater dynamic presence to the rear end of the car even when it is stationary. Added to which, the integrated LED brake lights raise safety another notch thanks to their faster responses. The two-piece LED indicators form a horizontal band of light across both sections of the rear lights and provide extremely even and consistent light. They stretch into the boot lid (or the tailgate on the BMW 3-Series Touring) and underline the car's sporty looks. The wider, Line-specific trim element on the rear apron lends additional emphasis to this dynamic appearance. The Line badge on the car's front side panels is now more three-dimensional in design.
The top-of-the-line petrol engine in the BMW 340i comes with an exhaust system featuring individual 80-millimetre tailpipes on the left and right, while the engines for the 320i and 320d models upwards now come with twin tailpipes, each 70 millimetres in diameter. The tailpipe for the entry-level models measures 75 millimetres in diameter. The sporting appearance of the new BMW 3-Series is underlined visually and functionally by a new range of wheels. Rims up to 19 inches are available as an option, and the Original BMW Accessories range also includes 20-inch items.
High-quality interior, unimpeachable ergonomics
The interior faithfully reflects the dynamic and elegant lines of the sporty BMW 3-Series model range. The cockpit's driver focus is a signature BMW feature and provides optimum access to all the important functions. The outstanding ergonomics of the BMW 3-Series have been improved further still and additional, carefully arranged chrome highlights and high-gloss surfaces give the interior an even classier look.
The central control panel in the centre console comes in high-gloss black. If the interior lighting package is specified, it also features an ambient lighting surround and is imbued with an even greater feeling of quality by additional chrome applications. Chrome accents make the newly designed controls for the electric seat adjustment, for example, clearer to the eye. Moreover, their improved form and feel allow them to be used even more intuitively. Chrome applications are also a feature of the electric window controls and air vents, bringing added high-quality accents to the interior. In cars with the Luxury Line, Sport Line or M Sport package specified, the accent strip in the instrument panel continues expansively into all four doors, emphasising the generous levels of space for the passengers and providing a classy ambience. The cupholders in the centre console add another practical feature and now have a sliding cover. An additional practical storage area for items such as a smartphone is positioned forward of the cupholders.
Honing the character of the BMW M3 as well
Reflecting the even more sharply defined, dynamic design and even higherquality interior introduced for the new BMW 3-Series model range, the BMW M3 now also gains newly designed full-LED rear lights and precise, quality-feel chrome highlights for the interior. The latest-generation Navigation system Professional with LTE - the fastest mobile standard currently available - is now also an option for the BMW M3, while two new BMW Individual exterior colour shades (Smoked Topaz metallic and Champagne Quartz metallic) can be specified for the new BMW M3 in addition to the exclusive Tanzanite Blue metallic and Azurite Schwarz metallic BMW Individual paint finishes.
Powertrain and chassis
The BMW 3-Series has symbolised driving enjoyment combined with frugal fuel consumption for the past 40 years. Now the new BMW 3-Series Sedan and the new BMW 3-Series Touring are raising the bar yet again. The engine range comprises a total of four petrol engines, with outputs ranging from 100 kW (136 hp) to 240 kW (326 hp), and seven diesel engines with outputs from 85 kW (116 hp) to 230 kW (313 hp) (combined fuel consumption: 7.9- 3.8 l/100 km [35.8-74.3 mpg imp]; combined CO2 emissions: 185-99 g/km). All the three-, four- and six-cylinder petrol engines and the four-cylinder diesel units in the BMW 316d, BMW 318d and BMW 320d are now sourced from the newly developed, modular BMW EfficientDynamics engine family and are equipped with the latest BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, which combines exceptional performance with excellent fuel efficiency. For example, the 120 kW/163 hp BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Edition Sedan with standard tyres and eight-speed Steptronic transmission boasts fuel consumption of just 3.8 l/100 km (74.3 mpg imp), which corresponds to CO2 emissions of just 99 g/km. Looking further ahead, the BMW 3-Series will celebrate a very special milestone in 2016 with the launch of the BMW 330e. The BMW 330e will be powered by a plug-in hybrid drive system with a combined output of 185 kW/252 hp, giving the BMW 330e a 0 - 100 km/h (62 mph) acceleration time of 6.3 seconds and a top speed of 225 km/h (140 mph). Combined fuel consumption will work out at just 2.1 l/100 km (134.5 mpg imp), corresponding to combined CO2 emissions of just 49 g/km.
All models in the new engine family are EU6-compliant
All members of the new modular engine family share a common design blueprint, with an in-line cylinder arrangement, a displacement per cylinder of 500 cc and very lightweight, thermally optimised all-aluminium construction. The crankcase is very rigid due to its closed-deck design - which means that the cylinder water jacket is closed at the top - while thermally joined, highstrength cylinder liners with twin-wire, arc-sprayed coating save weight and reduce internal friction.
The three- and four-cylinder engines have balancer shafts for smooth performance throughout the engine speed range. The uncompromising modular design is also reflected in standardised interfaces for the engine mounts and the connections to the cooling system, intake and exhaust systems as well as the heating and air conditioning system.
All the petrol engines in the new BMW 3-Series Sedan and the new BMW 3-Series Touring models feature an exhaust-manifold-integrated turbocharger. That means the exhaust gases have only a short distance to travel to the turbocharger system, resulting in an extremely agile response. On the BMW 320d, further improvements have been achieved by using antifriction bearings instead of plain bearings. At the same time the system's significantly reduced internal friction makes itself felt even during the very short warm-up phase, resulting in substantially reduced cold-start fuel consumption. The close-coupled catalytic converter and the electrically operated boost pressure control valve (wastegate) further improve the emissions performance of the petrol engines.
Efficiently optimised performance
All the engines in the new BMW EfficientDynamics engine family are equipped with the latest generation of BMW's innovative TwinPower Turbo technology, which in the case of the petrol engines feature TwinScroll turbocharging, High Precision Injection and Double-VANOS variable camshaft timing. They additionally feature VALVETRONIC fully variable valve timing.
The BMW TwinPower Turbo technology for the diesel engines comprises VNT turbocharging (twin-turbocharging on the BMW 325d and BMW 335d) and latest-generation common rail direct injection, which with maximum injection pressures of 2,000 bar provides a particularly effectively way of reducing fuel consumption and emissions.
With their highly efficient performance optimisation, based on BMW's globally pioneering TwinPower Turbo technology, the new engines in the new BMW 3-Series Sedan and new BMW 3-Series Touring models are once again segment leaders on performance and fuel efficiency.
Four-cylinder performance, three-cylinder fuel consumption
Even the entry-level engine version in the new BMW 3-Series Sedan and new BMW 3-Series Touring range offers typical BMW sporty performance. The new 136 hp BMW 318i (Sedan: combined fuel consumption: 5.5-5.0 l/100 km [51.4-56.5 mpg imp]; combined CO2 emissions: 129-116 g/km; Touring: combined fuel consumption: 5.9-5.3 l/100 km [47.9-53.3 mpg imp]; combined CO2 emissions: 137-124 g/km), which replaces the previous BMW 316i, is the first ever sporty mid-sized model from BMW to be fitted with the new three-cylinder petrol engine. Among the highlights of this engine are its compact dimensions and low weight, excellent performance capabilities that also go hand in hand with exemplary fuel efficiency and typical threecylinder qualities such as sharp response, extremely eager revving and a dynamic and sporty engine sound.
A further advantage of the new three-cylinder engine is its good vibration characteristics. Like a six-cylinder in-line engine, which is a benchmark in this respect, it generates no first- and second-order inertia forces. At the same time, a balancer shaft counteracts engine roll torque for impeccable refinement throughout the engine speed range.
Both the BMW 318i Sedan and the BMW 318i Touring are powered by this turbocharged three-cylinder petrol unit, which delivers maximum power of 100 kW/136 hp between 4,500 and 6,000 rpm, from a displacement of 1.5 litres. Peak torque of 220 Nm (162 lb-ft) is available from 1,250 rpm. For short periods this can be increased - for safe overtaking - to 230 Nm (170 lbft) using the overboost function, which can be activated by kickdown. With the six-speed manual gearbox, the BMW 318i accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 8.9 seconds, on the way to a top speed of 210 km/h (130 mph). Despite this dynamic performance, however, the CO2 emissions of the BMW 318i are just 119 g/km (with eight-speed Steptronic transmission), a more than 13 per cent improvement over the previous BMW 316i.
Four-cylinder petrol engine has higher output yet lower fuel consumption
Also celebrating its world premiere in the new BMW 3-Series is a new 2.0-litre four-cylinder in-line unit. Fitted in the new BMW 320i Sedan/new BMW 320i Touring (combined fuel consumption: 5.9-5.3/6.3-5.5 l/100 km [47.9- 53.3/44.8-51.6 mpg imp]; combined CO2 emissions: 138-124/147- 129 g/km), it develops maximum output of 134 kW/184 hp between 5,000 and 6,500 rpm and maximum torque of 290 Nm (214 lb-ft) at 1,350 rpm (with six-speed manual gearbox and traditional rear-wheel drive). The 2.0-litre fourcylinder in-line engine marks its world debut in the new BMW 330i Sedan/new BMW 330i Touring (combined fuel consumption: 6.5-5.5/6.7- 5.8 l/100 km [43.5-51.4/42.2-48.7 mpg imp]; combined CO2 emissions: 151- 129/157-135 g/km), the successor to the previous BMW 328i, where it generates 185 kW/252 hp between 5,200 and 6,500 rpm and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) from 1,450 rpm. This gives the new BMW 330i Sedan with eightspeed Steptronic transmission a 0 - 100 km/h (62 mph) sprint time of 5.8 seconds (Touring: 5.9 seconds) and a top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph) in both the Sedan and Touring models. Nevertheless, the CO2 emissions of the BMW 330i Sedan with standard tyres have fallen compared with the previous model by more than 12 per cent, to 129 g/km (Touring: 135 g/km).
Dynamic new six-cylinder petrol engine
The new BMW 3-Series also sees the world debut of the BMW 340i Sedan/BMW 340i Touring (combined fuel consumption: 7.7-6.5/7.0-6.8 l/100 km [36.7-43.5/40.4-41.5 mpg imp]; combined CO2 emissions: 179- 152/164-158 g/km), which replace the previous 335i. The BMW 340i is the first model in the entire BMW line-up to be powered by the all-new sixcylinder engine from the new modular BMW EfficientDynamics engine family. The lightweight and rigid all-aluminium unit with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology provides a perfect blend of superb performance and outstanding efficiency. The new three-litre six-cylinder in-line BMW 340i tops the 3-Series petrol line-up and develops maximum power of 240 kW/326 hp between 5,500 and 6,500 rpm, a 15 kW/20 hp improvement over the previous model. Peak torque is an impressive 450 Nm (332 ft-lb), which is available from 1,380 rpm. The new BMW 340i Sedan with eight-speed Steptronic transmission goes from 0 - 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 5.1 seconds, with a governed top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph). And although it offers significantly more power and superior torque (up by 50 Nm/37 lb-ft) compared with the predecessor model, CO2 emissions for the new BMW 340i Sedan with standard tyres are more than 10 per cent down on the previous BMW 335i, Sedan at 152 g/km.
Brawny diesel engines with frugal fuel consumption
Big efficiency improvements have also been achieved on the optimised fourcylinder diesel units, which belong to the same new modular family as the petrol engines. The latest improvements are down to BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, with VNT turbocharging and high-pressure common rail direct injection. For example, the 85 kW/116 hp BMW 316d Sedan with standard tyres burns just 3.9 l/100 km [72.4 mpg imp], which means CO2 emissions of 102 g/km.
The output of the new BMW 320d has risen beyond that of its predecessor model (up from 135 kW/184 hp to 140 kW/190 hp at 4,000 rpm) and CO2 emissions have been reduced by more than nine per cent. With its powerful torque of 400 Nm (295 lb-ft), which is on stream between 1,750 and 2,500 rpm, the new BMW 320d Sedan with eight-speed Steptronic transmission returns a 0 - 100 km/h (62 mph) time of 7.2 seconds, two tenths of a second less than the previous BMW 320d Sedan. The new BMW 320d achieves a top speed of 230 km/h (143 mph), but generates CO2 emissions of just 106 g/km.
New manual and automatic transmissions
The new BMW 3-Series Sedan and new BMW 3-Series Touring can be fitted with a six-speed manual transmission or eight-speed Steptronic unit (standard on the BMW 330d, BMW 335d and BMW 340i Touring). The crisp-shifting sixspeed manual transmission, featuring optimal ratio spacing, comes with a dual-mass flywheel with centrifugal pendulum absorbers. This technology, which made its world debut in a production-model 320d EfficientDynamics Edition, counteracts uneven running on high-torque engines so that drivers can change up smoothly and without any unpleasant booming noise even at low engine speeds - leading to a further reduction in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. The six-speed manual transmission also comes with engagement speed control, which means the engine is automatically brought to the right rpm for the next gear when changing up or down, resulting in improved smoothness.
The new eight-speed Steptronic transmission, like the six-speed unit, also plays an important part in reducing CO2 emissions. Its improved efficiency, wider gear spread and reduced torque converter slip during gear shifts reduce CO2 emissions by three per cent. At the same time, improved damping of engine irregularities make for improved comfort and smoother shifting. Sporty drivers will also enjoy the eight-speed Steptronic transmission. In Sport+ transmission mode, it allows the driver to rev the engine right up to the rev limiter, and also to perform multiple sequential downshifts. For even greater driving pleasure, the eight-speed Steptronic Sport transmission is available with steering wheel paddle shifters.
Further economy benefits are offered by the eight-speed Steptronic transmission's coasting mode. When the driver lifts off the throttle at higher speeds, for example on a gentle downhill grade on the motorway, the engine is automatically decoupled from the powertrain. It then simply ticks over in neutral, which saves fuel and ensures there is no unwanted engine braking at high speed. A further fuel-saving feature, which also improves driving comfort, is the new Proactive Driving Assistant, which uses information from the navigation system to "anticipate" upcoming roundabouts, corners and junctions and select exactly the right time to change gear.
Dynamic all-wheel drive system optionally available
As an alternative to the classic BMW rear-wheel-drive set-up, the BMW 320i, 330i, 340i, 318d, 320d and 330d variants of the new BMW 3-Series model range can optionally be specified with BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive. The BMW 335d is fitted with this technology as standard. BMW xDrive combines the customary advantages of all-wheel drive such as optimal power transfer to the road, excellent safety and maximum traction, for example in wintry conditions, with hallmark BMW agile and precise handling. BMW xDrive efficiently reduces understeer and oversteer when cornering and improves driving dynamics, for example when steering into a corner or accelerating out of even the tightest hairpin bends.
Sporty, agile and comfortable suspension
The BMW 3-Series has been the benchmark in driving dynamics for generations. The further developed damper technology and stiffer suspension of the new BMW 3-Series Sedan and new BMW 3-Series Touring team up with a more finely honed steering set-up to deliver significantly enhanced dynamic capabilities without any compromise on comfort. The retuned suspension improves both transverse and longitudinal dynamics under all payload conditions. This is expressed in reduced roll, unwavering directional stability and an exceptionally high level of steering precision. This is true of the standard suspension as well as the M Sport suspension and adaptive suspension options. The latter offers electronically controlled dampers and allows individual adjustment of the car's dynamic responses at the touch of a button. Continuous sensor monitoring of longitudinal and lateral acceleration, speed and steering angle allows the damping to be optimally matched to road characteristics and the driving situation. Rear-wheel-drive variants also feature a 10-millimetre drop in ride height. Drivers can use the Driving Experience Control switch to choose between a more comfort-biased setting or more sporty characteristics at any time.
The driving enjoyment offered by the new BMW 3-Series Saloon and new BMW 3-Series Touring models is based not just on excellent performance but also on excellent fuel economy - a combination achieved with the help of the trailblazing BMW EfficientDynamics package. New, more fuel-efficient petrol and diesel engines, mated with further improved manual and automatic transmissions, Auto Start Stop, Brake Energy Regeneration, on-demand operation of ancillary units and the ECO PRO mode, ensure that the new BMW 3-Series not only delivers typical BMW sporty performance but also benchmark fuel consumption and emissions.
High-tech engines offer superior efficiency
The innovative three-, four- and six-cylinder petrol engines powering the new BMW 3-Series offer exceptional power, typical BMW fast-revving performance and superb refinement, coupled with maximum efficiency. These qualities are achieved with the help of trailblazing BMW TwinPower Turbo technology with TwinScroll turbocharging, High Precision Injection, double VANOS variable camshaft timing and VALVETRONIC fully variable valve timing. State-of-theart BMW TwinPower Turbo technology is also used on the new BMW 3-Series four- and six-cylinder diesel models. The combination of turbocharging and latest-generation common rail direct injection, with maximum injection pressures of 2,000 bar, ensures impressive torque and refinement combined with unsurpassed efficiency.
Optimised transmissions and intelligent energy management
The newly developed manual and automatic transmissions also play an important role in reducing fuel consumption and emissions. Both types of transmission feature optimised efficiency, compact design and low weight, and are able to support a relaxed, low-rev and extra-fuel-efficient driving style. Further potential for savings is offered by the intelligent transmission control strategy. Amongst other things, a Proactive Driving Assistant (for models fitted with the eight-speed Steptronic transmission) uses navigation data to work out in advance where the driver will have to slow down on the upcoming route and adapts the powertrain strategy accordingly. It also passes on appropriate recommendations to the driver, if desired.
All the new BMW 3-Series Saloon and new BMW 3-Series Touring models are equipped as standard with the Auto Start Stop function and Brake Energy Regeneration. Further savings are offered by intelligent energy management for the ancillary units. This includes the on-demand coolant pump, electronically controlled oil pump and electromechanical power steering that consumes no electrical power when steering straight ahead. Also, whenever the air conditioning is not being used, its compressor is automatically disconnected.
Further fuel-saving measures include the ECO PRO mode, selectable using the Driving Experience Control switch, the ECO PRO Route navigation feature and the coasting function on models with eight-speed Steptronic transmission, which disconnects the engine if the driver lifts off the throttle at higher speeds. The engine then idles in neutral, consuming less fuel.
BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Edition: fuel consumption of just 3.8 l/100 km
The fuel-saving potential of BMW EfficientDynamics is reflected most clearly in the new BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Edition Sedan/new BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Edition Touring (combined fuel consumption: 4.3-3.8/4.5- 4.0 l/100 km [65.7-74.3/62.8-70.6 mpg imp]; combined CO2 emissions: 113- 99/118-104 g/km). These models are powered by a modified 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine developing maximum power of 120 kW/163 hp at 4,000 rpm and maximum torque of 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) between 1,750 and 2,250 rpm. With its optimised transmission configuration, modified gear shift indicator on models with a six-speed manual transmission, low-rollingresistance tyres, a partially masked kidney grille and lowered ride height, the BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Edition Sedan records fuel consumption (models with eight-speed Steptronic transmission and standard tyres) of just 3.8 l/100 km (74.3 mpg imp), with emissions of just 99 g/km CO2.
Plug-in hybrid with CO2 emissions of just 49 g/km
The BMW 330e (combined fuel consumption: 2.1 l/100 km [134.5 mpg imp]; combined CO2 emissions: 49 g/km), which will join the range in 2016, will mark a further milestone in fuel efficiency in this segment. Its state-of-the-art plug-in hybrid technology combines a 135 kW/184 hp 2.0-litre petrol engine with an 80 kW electric motor. The combined output of 185 kW (252 hp) and combined maximum torque of 420 Nm (310 lb-ft) give the BMW 330e a 0 - 100 km/h (62 mph) acceleration time of just 6.3 seconds and a top speed of 225 km/h (140 mph). The BMW 330e combines these new benchmarks with fuel consumption of just 2.1 l/100 km (134.5 mpg imp), which corresponds to CO2 emissions of just 49 g/km. The new BMW 330e is also capable of travelling up to 35 kilometres (approx. 22 miles) - for example around town - in all-electric mode and therefore with zero local emissions.
BMW has been setting the standard for connectivity between human, car and the outside world for many years now. With yet more new functions added to the unrivalled combination of mobility services and driver assistance systems, BMW ConnectedDrive is providing another impressive demonstration of its pioneering abilities in the new BMW 3-Series range, while once again ensuring supreme safety, comfort and infotainment.
Fastest mobile technology on board
The optional latest-generation Navigation system Professional boasts quicker start-up, even faster route calculation along with more realistic 3D visualisation in cities. The navigation system is also adaptive, so that when the driver deliberately deviates from a suggested route several times the system will start to propose the new "learned" route as the standard one for reaching the selected destination. Automatic map updating (which is free of charge for the first three years) and the ConnectedDrive Services enable individual regions of the navigation map to be updated wirelessly over the air by means of the vehicle's integrated SIM card. This is carried out in the background while in the home region. The new BMW 3-Series is also the first car in its segment to support LTE - the fastest mobile standard currently available - when fitted with the Navigation system Professional and the extended smartphone connectivity option. This greatly improves network coverage and data transmission speeds, especially in rural areas.
ConnectedDrive Services form part of the standard specification of the BMW 3-Series. A SIM card built into the vehicle enables the customer to enjoy optimum connectivity and access to the unrivalled range of services from BMW ConnectedDrive without the need for a smartphone. The Concierge Service, for example, makes it possible to select points of interest while driving, such as pharmacies, restaurants or hotels, make a reservation if desired, and have them sent straight to the vehicle as a navigation destination together with all the relevant contact data. Smartphone apps that have been optimised for BMW, such as Audible, Deezer, GoPro and Spotify, can furthermore be used with the greatest of ease via the car's display and control concept. The full portfolio of services from BMW ConnectedDrive can be ordered particularly quickly and flexibly by visiting the new BMW ConnectedDrive Store - directly from the vehicle as well.
Intelligent Emergency Call, another standard feature in the BMW 3-Series, ensures maximum safety out on the road. If the airbags are triggered in an accident, this system uses the built-in SIM card to automatically transmit the severity of the accident, the potential risk of injury to the occupants and the vehicle's location to the BMW Call Centre. This information is then used to arrange the best possible emergency response while the Call Centre stays in contact with the occupants if desired. The manual emergency call function, meanwhile, allows rapid help to be summoned for other road users in emergency situations.