The BMW 3 Series is perhaps the most important car the folks from Bavaria make. For decades, it has been their best-seller and set the tone for other luxury-sport sedans in its class.
The all-new 3 Series made its world premiere late last year, and we even saw it in the metal during the 2019 Singapore Motor Show at the start of the year. After several months of waiting, BMW fans can rejoice as their favorite sport sedan has arrived in the Philippines as well.
Landing in the country in full M Sport trim, the 2019 BMW 3 Series is the seventh iteration of the car. Its new from the ground up, boasting BMW's carbon fiber-infused chassis. Also, the fully redesigned 3 Series is longer and wider than the outgoing model. To put things into perspective, the 'compact' sedan is now the size of the third-generation 5 Series, which ran from 1988 to 1995.
While BMW in the Philippines is often known for bringing in diesels, it was rather surprising to see that the launch model here was the 330i; we were told that the other variants are not yet available.
For now, gas power is back for the local-spec 3 Series. That means it packs a 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo engine that's good for 258 PS and 400 Nm of torque. This makes it the most powerful standard 3 Series sold in the country yet.
This being the M Sport model, it sports a unique front bumper with a deeper front apron, larger air intakes and gloss black trimmings BMW calls ‘Shadowline’. It gets special side skirts too and a kit for the rear bumper, and it’s all capped off by a set of 19-inch M Sport alloys. It's not just an appearance package either as the 330i M Sport also has unique suspension settings specific to the package.
Inside, it gets BMW's latest generation of iDrive, much like the one seen in the 5 Series. The screen itself is much wider than before and it also gets a full digital instrument cluster which the brand calls Live Cockpit. True to its roots, the 2019 3 Series keeps the traditional driver-oriented center stack. As this is the M Sport model, the steering wheel rim is thicker, and has a unique spoke design. Also, the seats have more side bolsters and the 'Aluminum Hexagon' trim.
For now, it's the 330i M Sport that's out but it is likely that the tamer diesel-fed 320d will follow soon after. Perhaps even the entry-level 318d will eventually arrive here. For now, nothing has been confirmed for the rest of the engine lineup.
2019 BMW 330i M Sport - PhP 4,590,000