BMW isn’t sitting idle when it comes to showing off their newest baby, the seventh-generation 3 Series. Just a few months after its global debut, the all-new compact executive sedan has made its way to the South East Asia region. Shown during the 2019 Singapore Motor Show, we got a close look at the car.
The car shown in Singapore isn’t the ASEAN-spec just yet. In fact, the car made its regional debut sporting left hand drive in a country that has their steering on the right. Nonetheless, the all-new 3 Series is here and here are some specs.
On display was a 330i, meaning it’s powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged mill. It’s good for 258 PS and 400 Nm of torque. The 330i then shifts via an eight-speed automatic transmission. If the all-new 3 Series arrives in the Philippines sometime this year, the diesel-fed 320d is a likelier bet and that makes 190 PS and, like the 330i, 400 Nm of torque.
Packing the M Sport package, the show car featured 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. Visually, the car is longer and wider than the soon to be outgoing model.
As for the interior, it’s trimmed in what BMW calls ‘Saddle Brown’ and, being an M Sport model, has aluminum accents on the dashboard and door cards. It also gets a thick-rimmed steering wheel courtesy of the M division. The car on display also packed adaptive suspension, the widest iDrive infotainment screen possible, Connected Drive concierge services, and a fully digital instrument cluster dubbed Live Cockpit.
We’re not expecting the Philippine-spec 3 Series to be as fully packed as the display model in Singapore. Nonetheless, it should be interesting how the local distributor will equip the car, which could make its Philippine debut sometime this year.