Anton Andres / BMW | October 02, 2018 16:43
Sleeker, sharper, stronger: The all-new BMW 3 Series debuts
Say hello to the all-new BMW 3 Series. Less than 24 hours since the photo leaked, the German automaker has released full details on the iconic compact executive sedan. With more photos and information to go by, we can lay down some figures, as well as a better look at the car.
The car isn't much different from the one shown in the unofficial release but those were configurator photos. The ones released by BMW is the very car in the metal. Following the current design language, it's been patterned after the 5 Series but with a more aggressive tone. Slim, upswept headlights make the car look sportier than the previous generation model. Also, the shape appears to be a modern interpretation of the 1998-2005 model (also known as the E46) with a cut in the center to emphasize the daytime running lights.
Along with that, a bigger, bolder pair of kidney grills are in tune with the rest of the all-new BMW range. More lines and creases are seen on the sides, emphasizing the vehicle's shoulder line. The signature 'Hoffmeister Kink' has also been given a radical redesign, drawing inspiration from the 8 Series Gran Coupe concept from a couple of months back. At the back, the trunk lid slopes downwards and the brake lights are in the shape of an 'L'. The reverse lights and turn signals on the other hand rest above it.
Three trim levels will be available upon launch. The entry-level trim will be the Sport, followed by the Luxury with the M Sport at the top of the range. These variants can be paired with any engine in the lineup.
Inside, it now adapts the digital instrument cluster which was introduced in the 8 Series coupe. Also, there are more polygonal shapes in the cabin compared to the last model with more defined angles on the dash, center console and door inserts. The iDrive screen is also larger, packing the same tech found on the larger 5 Series.
However, those who still prefer the traditional handbrake will be disappointed as the all-new 3 Series now has an electronic parking brake. On the flipside, folding rear seats are now standard. Like the exterior, the interior trim line consists of the Sport, Luxury, and M Sport. The Sport model gets aluminum-effect trim while the Luxury gets wood. As for the M Sport, it gains deeper bucket seats, M themed touches and more aluminum inserts.
There are six engines to choose from in the all-new 3 Series. These include two turbocharged four cylinder engines, two four-cylinder turbodiesels, one straight-six turbodiesel and one turbocharged inline-six gas unit. The diesel range consists of the 318d, 320d, and 330d while the gas-fed engines are seen in the 320i, 330i, and M340i.
Arranged by horsepower figures, the 3 Series lineup starts with the 318d with 150 PS, followed by the 320i with 184 PS. Up next, the 320d with 190 PS while the 330i is the most powerful four-cylinder 3 Series with 258 PS. On to the six cylinder models starting with the 330d making 265 PS and the most powerful 3 Series you can get is now the M340i producing an impressive 401 PS. All-wheel drive is an option but there is no word if BMW will be keeping manual transmissions for the 2019 3 Series. For now, it's all eight-speed automatics for the sports sedan.