The new and refreshed BMW 3 Series
BMW 3 Series receives updates
While the world is moving to SUVs, the BMW 3 Series is still a very important model for the BMW brand, with one in every seven BMWs sold a 3 Series. The BMW 3 Series has been treated to a design refresh, an extensively modernised premium ambience as well as updated digitalisation to ensure that it remains relevant in the ever-shrinking sedan segment.
Targeted updates to the front and rear-end design give the 3 Series sedan an even sportier look. With clearly structured surfaces, dynamic lines and large air intakes, the front apron and redesigned headlights and kidney grille contribute to the strong visual presence. The standard full-LED headlights are now much slimmer, with clear contours and daytime driving lights arranged in an inverted L shape that create a modern look. Adaptive LED headlights are available as an option.
At the rear a higher proportion of surfaces painted in body colour and a clean-cut design give the rear apron a sophisticated look. Horizontal lines, slim lights and flared wheel arches accentuate the width and muscular stance. The sporty characteristics are visually further emphasised by the M High-gloss Shadowline trim which is now standard fitment as are 17-inch alloy wheels.
Standard on certain models such as the 330i, is the M Sport package which adds new design features such as a honeycomb pattern for the BMW kidney grille, a new design for the front and rear aprons as well as 18-inch M light-alloy wheels.
Newly designed cockpit
The interior has been treated to a comprehensive update which includes the standard-fit BMW Curved Display. This comprises a 12.3-inch information display behind the steering wheel and a 14.9-inch control display that merge into a single fully digital and high-resolution unit.
The selector lever for the eight-speed Steptronic transmission features a new design and is positioned in the centre console alongside buttons controlling other vehicle functions such as iDrive and the Stop/Start system. Designers also reduced the number of buttons and moved the control of less critical functions such as the climate control to the touchscreen.
A three-zone climate control system is fitted as standard and can be controlled via voice command or touch. All models now come standard with BMW Live Cockpit Plus which includes the BMW Maps navigation system.
BMW iDrive with BMW Operating System 8 offer powerful connectivity and data processing capabilities as well as intuitive interaction between the driver and vehicle.
The My BMW App acts as a universal digital interface between the driver and vehicle, while inside passengers can utilise the personal eSim, the BMW ID for individualising the user experience and further improved smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Under the bonnet
The BMW 3 Series is available with a variety of powerplants including one diesel and four petrol engines with four or six-cylinders. All engines are paired with the eight-speed Steptronic transmission as standard.
Large variety of driver assistance systems
A wide variety of driver assistance systems includes front collision warning with brake intervention, cruise control, speed limit display, manual speed limit assist and lane departure warning.
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Model range and pricing
BMW have taken the decision to group popular optional extra equipment into packages in order to simplify the offering for dealers and customers, with Sportline now becoming the standard specification. An overall reduction in options also makes cars easier to configure.
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