BMW 3 Series to receive a variety of subtle updates

A variety of updates takes the visual appeal and modernity of the BMW 3 Series to new levels

For almost 50 years now, the BMW 3 Series has been central to the BMW brand as it epitomises sporty driving pleasure in the premium midsize segment. The BMW 3 Series has always defined sporty driving pleasure in the segment and has made significant contributions in terms of design, driving dynamics and technical innovations across seven model generations.

The extensive revisions introduced for model year 2022 in the areas of design, powertrain, digitalisation and equipment will now be followed up with a fresh variety of updates to take the cars visual appeal and modernity to new levels. This includes new high-voltage batteries that increase the range of the plug-in hybrid models while chassis tuning further enhances the balance between sporting potency and comfort. BMW Operating System 8.5 provides the basis for extremely intuitive and comfortable operation, via the upgraded BMW iDrive with QuickSelect and extended navigation functions including Augmented View.

These technological advancements are accompanied by precise design modifications for the exterior and interior. This includes new exterior paint finishes and light-alloy wheels. Inside, a new instrument panel and newly designed steering wheels, plus sophisticated equipment features such as CraftedClarity glass applications, deliver driving pleasure in an ambience of premium modernity.

One of the standout features of the BMW 3 Series range is the wide variety of power units available to customers, which includes a choice of four petrol engines and four diesels. The plug-in-hybrid variants are proving to be extremely popular, a trend that is set to continue with the latest updates in high-voltage battery and charging technology.

Sporting elegance

Sporting elegance and modernity define the design of the new BMW 3 Series. The sophisticated design of the BMW kidney grille and twin circular headlights gives the front end an unmistakable appearance. Eye-catching front and rear aprons underscore the cars dynamic profile, and this can be further accentuated by specifying the optional M Sport package or M Sport package Pro.

Fresh design updates see the spectrum of exterior colours comprising two solid and seven metallic paint finishes. New additions to the range include Arctic Race Blue Metallic and Fire Red metallic.

The selection of optional light-alloy wheels has also been expanded. Cars specified with the M Sport package will be available with new 19-inch M light alloy wheels in double-spoke design, in either Jet Black or a bi-colour variant. The BMW Individual range also includes new 19-inch light-alloy wheels in Y-spoke design and a bi-colour finish.

Progressive cockpit

Advanced new features have also been introduced in the interior that help to give the cockpit a clean and pared-back look. Newly designed steering wheels add further intensity to the driving experience while the premium character is showcased by high-quality materials and new interior trim.

BMW iDrive with QuickSelect also brings optimised operation of the ventilation and climate control functions. An operating concept focused squarely on touch control and natural language enables a further reduction in the number of physical buttons and controls in the cockpit as temperature selection, intensity of ventilation and seat heating can be adjusted on the BMW Curved Display or by voice command.

As an alternative to the black cloth seat surfaces fitted as standard, the BMW 3 Series Sedan can also be ordered with sport seats in Sensatec perforated, available in Black, Tacora Red or Cognac. The optional Vernasca leather trim is now offered in four colour variants.

Extensive revisions have also been made to the range of interior trim elements. Dark graphite matt comes as standard while Fineline Light open-pored and Grey Blue Ash open-pored fine-wood trim, plus the Carbon Fibre and Aluminium Rhomicle Anthracite Variants are available as options.

Powertrain and driving experience

With a choice of four petrol and four diesel engines with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, including exceptionally powerful six-cylinder in-line units for M Performance models, as well as plug-in hybrid technology and the BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive system, the BMW 3 Series offers a greater variety of drive systems than any other model in the brand’s portfolio. All models are fitted with an eight speed Steptronic transmission complete with shift paddles.

Various engine outputs range from 110kW to 275kW and both the six-cylinder engines are equipped with mild hybrid technology which ensures more dynamic power delivery and greater efficiency along with an additional 8kW.

The plug-in hybrid offering takes electrification one step further, with the 330e now available with rear wheel drive or xDrive. Drive technology comprises a four-cylinder petrol engine paired with an electric motor integrated into the eight-speed Steptronic transmission, which generates a combined system output of 215kW. The latest advances in battery technology open up a greater scope for experiencing pure electric driving pleasure in a BMW 3 Series with an electric range of between 85 and 100km.

Chassis with improved sportiness and comfort

The chassis technology also benefits from rigorous development work as the blend of sporting flair and ride comfort for which the 3 Series is renowned has been further refined across all variants with a series of targeted updates.

Advanced assistance systems for driving and parking

A wide selection of assistance systems enhances comfort and safety when driving and parking. The front collision warning system with brake intervention, cruise control with brake function and the new Intelligent Speed Assistance function are some of the features that come as standard. The optional Driving Assistant Professional package comprises the steering and Lane Control Assistant and Active Cruise Control with Stop&Go function, plus automatic Speed Limit Assist, route speed control, traffic light recognition, the Evasion Assistant, Crossroads Warning with city braking function, Wrong-way Warning and Front Crossing Traffic Warning.

The latest version of the BMW iDrive display for control and operation

The latest version of the BMW iDrive display and control system with QuickSelect is fitted and enables vehicle functions to be controlled intuitively while providing access to digital services. Based on BMW Operating System 8.5 it features a new-look home screen and QuickSelect rapid-access tech, resulting in an improved menu structure that takes its cue from consumer electronics devices.

Working in tandem with the BMW Curved Display and BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant, the new BMW iDrive is geared even more rigorously to operation using touch control and natural language. The BMW iDrive systems QuickSelect functionality also paves the way for a flatter menu structure, enabling the driver to select the desired function directly from the home screen without any need to enter submenus.

The addition of BMW Operating System 8.5 makes it even easier to personalise the user experience by simplifying the process for linking the vehicle with the BMW ID and My BMW App.

In addition to the vehicle’s built in mobile SIM, customers can also use the personalised eSIM included, which makes it possible to use the communications and connectivity functions covered by a separate mobile phone contract from the car with ease.

Local availability

The exact local specification and model line-up of the updated BMW 3 Series will be confirmed closer to the South African introduction date.