The BMW 3 Series range is now complete. The M models notwithstanding, the German automaker has brought back the 318i after a short hiatus following the launch of the all-new model last year. When it was launched, the smallest gas engine available was the 320i so this new 318i now serves as the base of the range.
Whereas the previous-generation 318i used a turbocharged 1.5-liter, three-cylinder turbo, the all-new model reverts back to four cylinders. Essentially a de-tuned 320i mill, the new 318i uses a 2.0-liter turbo engine. It's also much more powerful than the old three-pot turbo as well thanks to that extra cylinder.
Instead of 136 PS, the new 318i now packs 156 PS, an improvement of 20 horsepower. Torque is up by 20 Nm too, from 220 Nm to 250 Nm. These figures put it right on par with its closest rival, the Mercedes-Benz C180. The lone transmission option is an eight-speed automatic transmission although paddle shifters are an option.
Like most BMWs, at least the ones sold in Europe, the 318i can be specified in various ways meaning it looks like a 320i and a 330i. It even has the dual exhaust ports from its higher-powered counterparts. The only way to tell a 318i from the rest of the lineup is through the badge, which can also be removed from the factory if the owner chooses to do so.
Given that the 318i has been offered here in the past, there might be a chance that it might be sold here as well. It's been seven years since the 318i last graced local showrooms, so perhaps it's time for BMW Philippines to bring it back.