BMW reveals pricing and specs for 3-Series
BMW has revealed details for its new 3-Series sedan range.
Late last year, the German car maker unveiled its seventh-generation model at the Paris motor show, aiming to rekindle its position as the benchmark compact luxury sedan and take on the likes of Audi’s A4 and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class.
Two key variants begin the range with the diesel-spec 320d starting from $67,900 (plus on-roads) and a 330i priced from $70,900.
Powered by a 2.0-litre twin-turbo four-cylinder, the diesel 320d is set to produce 140kW of power and 400Nm of torque, while the petrol 330i gets a 2.0-litre turbo-four with power outputs of 190kW/400Nm.
Both variants will be rear-wheel-drive and use BMW’s eight-speed sports automatic gearbox. Further specs for the petrol 330i give it a 0-100km/h time of 5.8 seconds, while the diesel 320d does the same in 6.8 seconds.
The new 3-Series range gets BMW’s Live Cockpit Professional - a 12.3-inch digital display and 10.25-inch touchscreen display - along with adaptive LED headlights and BMW’s Driving Assistant safety package.
The brand says the 3-Series gets newly engineered suspension, achieving 50:50 weight distribution as well as a 25 per cent improvement in body rigidity. Up to 50 per cent “more effective body control and handling” in certain critical situations is promised as a result.
M Sport packages come standard on both models which includes a range of premium equipment such as leather steering wheel with multifunction options, black window frames and air breather surrounds, aluminium interior trim finishers and 18-inch M alloy wheels (320d) or 19-inch M alloy wheels (330i).
For those wanting a less-performance-more-luxury look, BMW offers a Luxury Line pack at no extra cost adding sports seats for front passengers, LED fog lights, premium leather trim, wood finished interior and different wheels - 18-inch multispoke alloy wheels for the 320d and 19-inch BMW Individual double spoke wheels for the 330i.
A range of extra packages like a Visibility Package ($5070) adds metallic paint, ambient lighting, Laser headlights and a glass sunroof, while a Comfort Package ($2600 for 320d and $1820 for 330i) adds lumbar support, auto tailgate and heated front seats.
The new 3-Series will be on sale in March, with a higher-spec M340i M Performance model in all-wheel-drive set to arrive late 2019.