Three-pot engine for the 3 series

BMW has just announced details of the new 3 Series model line up which will go on sale in July with prices starting from €37,140 OTR for a 3 Series Saloon and €39,510 OTR for the Touring version.

BMW says the new 3 Series models have received a subtle evolution to their front and rear styling, with new materials and highlights introduced to the interior to boost the sporting yet comfortable ambience.

The big difference will be under the bonnet, where the majority of engines are completely new and hail from the latest modular BMW EfficientDynamics family. There will be a new three-cylinder 318i among the available choices, further underlining the fact that small capacity petrol engines are going to be a large part of our automotive future. Other interesting engine options will include the 326 bhp 340i, the 99g/km 320dED and the 335d with 630Nm of torque.

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BMW says there has also been further advancements to gearboxes, chassis dynamics and personalisation options, plus a huge array of advanced technology such as the new optional BMW Professional Navigation.

The manufacturer claims the new BMW 3 Series has a strikingly attractive presence on the road with a distinctively sculpted long bonnet and setback passenger compartment combining with short front and rear overhangs and a long wheelbase, to create the familiar dynamic proportions of a BMW.

“In its own way, these are as much a hallmark of a BMW as the perfect 50:50 weight distribution,” the company maintains.

Three-pot engine for the 3 series

Revised headlights include optional LED units with LED indicators now positioned as ‘eyebrows’ above the headlights. These full-LED headlights work with the optional BMW Selective Beam system. The camera-based, anti-dazzle High Beam Assistant adjusts the car’s lights using actuators to ensure the road is illuminated as well as possible without dazzling oncoming traffic and vehicles travelling ahead.

In addition, the ‘eyes’ of the BMW 3 Series have moved further apart, visually strengthening the car’s broad stance on the road. In cars with standard specification lighting, the headlights are joined by LED daytime driving light. These highlight the hallmark BMW twin headlight arrangement and link the headlight units with the traditional BMW kidney grille.

At the front, broader side air intakes are integrated into the sculptural form of the bumpers. The new structure of the central air intake also allows the radar sensor for the Active Cruise Control (ACC) to be housed more discreetly. At the rear, the new rear lights are full-LED units. The light bars, arranged in a distinctive BMW ‘L’ shape, are more heavily curved, and the integrated LED brake lights now respond faster. The two-piece LED indicators form a horizontal band of light across both sections of the rear lights and stretch into the boot lid (or the tailgate on the BMW 3 Series Touring).

We will, of course, be looking at the car in more detail soon.

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