The driver's new choice
BMW has just revealed the all new 3 Series, the sixth generation model of the world's best selling premium sedan.
The new BMW 3 Series Saloon has been made larger and more spacious than the model it replaces, yet BMW claims that it is lighter, quicker in many cases, more fuel-efficient, more nimble and agile.
At the core of the 6th generation 3 Series is BMW's EfficientDynamics technologies that improve economy while sustaining the performance-oriented driving experience that BMWs have been known for. Auto Stop-Start is fitted to all variants along with Brake Energy Regeneration, on-demand control of engine ancillary components and low rolling resistance tires. Weight has been reduced by up to 50kg compared with the previous model, while the drag coefficient (Cd) is down to as low as 0.26 thanks to optimized aerodynamics. The new 3 Series Saloon features a streamlined underside, covers which create a diffuser effect at the rear and Aero Curtain air channels in the front apron which reduce the turbulence created by the revolution of the front wheels in their arches.
The new 3 Series gets a new range of engines, at the heart of which is the new BMW's new turbo technology. The four cylinder 2.0 liter engine now gets 245 hp and 350 Nm of torque in the 328i, replacing the old naturally aspirated 3.0 liter inline-6 in the 325i and 330i. The new inline-4 gets the bump in power thanks to direct injection, a twinscroll turbo and Double VANOS with Valvetronic variable timing.
Other variants in the range will be getting a 3.0 liter inline-6 with twin turbos (335i), a range of diesel engines (316d, 318d, 320d), as well as another turbo 4-cylinder (320i) but with a maximum output of 184 hp instead of 245 hp in the 328i.
All versions of the new 3 Series Saloon feature Drive Performance Control as standard - a switch which allows the driver to swap between up to four driving modes, varying from sporty to extremely economical.
The interior has also been reworked, though the most obvious difference is that they now removed the old paddle system (up/down redundancy on both left and right paddles) for a more conventional "up on the right and down on the left" affair.
The latest 3 Series will go on sale in February 2012. Expect the Philippine launch to follow several months after.