The iconic sports sedan manages to be bigger in size yet lighter in weight.
There is an all-new BMW 3 Series in town, and it promises to be more than its predecessors in every way.
For its seventh-generation, the 3 Series grows nearly three inches longer than its predecessor, with an increased in wheelbase and track width. Its overall design hasn’t changed much, but it nevertheless makes a statement with a more aggressive front fascia featuring a jagged headlight treatment and a more pronounced interpretation of the kidney grille.
Despite the bigger footprint, the new 3 Series is 121 pounds (55 kg) lighter. And not only is the body sleeker, but it’s also slippier through the air, with BMW claiming an improved drag coefficient of 0.26.
The interior is highlighted by the new BMW Live Cockpit, featuring iDrive 6.0 with an 8.8-inch digital touchscreen and a 5.7-inch digital instrument color display. If that’s not good enough for your high standards, a 12.3-inch high-resolution digital instrument cluster display and a 10.25-inch digital touch screen display with the new iDrive 7.0 operating system is available.
Mechanically, the BMW 330i is powered by a new turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine that — mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission — produces 255 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque, allowing it to reach 60 mph in 5.6 seconds.
The more capable M340i and M340i xDrive models make due with a turbocharged 3.0L inline six-cylinder engine rated at 382 hp and 369 lb-ft. of torque, channeled to the wheels by the aforementioned eight-speed automatic transmission. The BMW M340i xDrive sedan completes the run to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds.
And, of course, there will be an full-blown M version, which if judging by how bonkers the new M5 is, will surely put some modern supercars to shame.
Engineers also applied a new suspension that boasts lift-related dampers, extra hydraulic damping at the front axle, and a compression limiting system at the rear for a smoother, more controlled ride.
So there you have it, the all-new BMW 3 Series — bigger, sleeker, lighter, more luxurious and high tech, likely more fuel-efficient, and hopefully more fun to drive than the previous 3 Series. What could you possibly not like about it?