C-Class killer? BMW 3 Series Facelift unveiled – full details

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BMW 3 Series Facelift has been officially unveiled and we’ve got all the details. The refreshed model gets sharper design and new engines, based on the ‘unique 500 cc cylinder’ technology, including a three-cylinder unit. Does it have what it takes to beat the Mercedes-Benz C-Class?

Four petrol units and seven diesels are available, developing from 85 kW/116 hp to 240 kW/326 hp.All the three-, four- and six-cylinder petrol engines and the four-cylinder diesel units in the BMW 316d, BMW 318d and BMW 320d are now sourced from the newly developed, modular BMW EfficientDynamics engine family and feature BMW TwinPower Turbo technology.

Celebrating their world premiere are the four-cylinder unit in the BMW 330i as well as the six-cylinder petrol unit in the BMW 340i. The four-cylinder unit in the BMW 330i now develops 135 kW/184 hp and 185 kW/252 hp.

Replacing the previous 335i, top-of-the-line BMW 340i with newly developed six-cylinder in-line engine now produces 240 kW/326 hp between 5,500 and 6,500 rpm. Peak torque is an impressive 450 Nm (332 ft-lb), which is available from 1,380 rpm. The new BMW 340i Sedan with eight-speed Steptronic transmission goes from 0 – 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 5.1 seconds, with a governed top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph).

The three-cylinder petrol engine is also a new addition to both the BMW 3 Series model range and the segment as a whole. The new 136 hp BMW 318i replaces the previous BMW 316i and delivers maximum power of 100 kW/136 hp between 4,500 and 6,000 rpm, from a displacement of 1.5 litres with peak torque of 220 Nm (162 lb-ft) is available from 1,250 rpm. With the six-speed manual gearbox, the BMW 318i accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 8.9 seconds, on the way to a top speed of 210 km/h (130 mph).

The BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Edition Sedan diesel is now more efficient than ever. Equipped with standard tyres and eight-speed Steptronic transmission it emits just 99 grams of CO2 per kilometre. The output of the new BMW 320d has risen beyond that of its predecessor model (up from 135 kW/184 hp to 140 kW/190 hp at 4,000 rpm). With its powerful torque of 400 Nm (295 lb-ft), which is on stream between 1,750 and 2,500 rpm, the new BMW 320d Sedan with eight-speed Steptronic transmission returns a 0 – 100 km/h (62 mph) time of 7.2 seconds.

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The plug-in hybrid drive system powering the BMW 330e will be available from next year. Its state-of-the-art plug-in hybrid technology combines a 135 kW/184 hp1) 2.0-litre petrol engine with an 80 kW electric motor. The combined output of 185 kW (252 hp)1) and combined maximum torque of 420 Nm (310 lb-ft)1) give the BMW 330e a 0 – 100 km/h (62 mph) acceleration time of just 6.3 seconds1) and a top speed of 225 km/h (140 mph)1). with fuel consumption pinned to just 2.1 l/100 km [134.5 mpg imp], equating to 49 g/km CO2. In all-electric mode, the new BMW 330e is also capable of travelling up to 35 kilometres (approx. 22 miles) 1).

Depending on the model, BMW is offering either a six-speed manual gearbox and an eight-speed Steptronic transmission (standard on the BMW 330d, BMW 335d and BMW 340i Touring). Proactive Driving Assistant uses information from the navigation system to “anticipate” upcoming roundabouts, corners and junctions and select exactly the right time to change gear. The new BMW 3 Series is available with classical rear-wheel drive or BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive.

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BMW couldn’t forget to optimize the 3-Series in the handling department. The further developed dampers, stiffer suspension and even more precise steering of the new BMW 3 Series ensure a clear elevation of the new BMW 3 Series’ dynamic potential. The retuned suspension improves both transverse and longitudinal dynamics under all payload conditions. This is expressed in reduced roll, unwavering directional stability and an exceptionally high level of steering precision. This is true of the standard suspension as well as the M Sport suspension and adaptive suspension options. The latter offers electronically controlled dampers and allows individual adjustment of the car’s dynamic responses at the touch of a button.

Design-wise, the BMW 3 Series Facelift gets a noticeable in therms of aggressiveness. At the front end, new aprons with revised air intakes accentuate the feeling of width, while the sensor for the optional Active Cruise Control (ACC) is harmoniously integrated into the central air intake. The sculptural rear apron design, including a Line-specific trim element, and standard LED rear lights likewise emphasise the car’s width and thus its sporting appearance.

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LED indicators now positioned as “eyebrows” above the headlights and integrated in noticeably more horizontal form give the optional LED headlights a look of even greater concentration. In cars with standard specification, the headlights are joined by two LED daytime driving light units on each side.An innovative lighting concept, featuring newly designed headlights and striking LED daytime driving lights, underlines the car’s sporty and powerful visual appeal. Full-LED headlights can now be specified as an option.

Also offered as an option is the BMW Selective Beam system. The camera-based, anti-dazzle High Beam Assistant adjusts the car’s lights dynamically using actuators to ensure the road is illuminated as well as possible without dazzling oncoming traffic and vehicles travelling ahead. This helps to maximise the use of the main beam and significantly widen the illuminated area in front of the car.

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The interior, meanwhile, makes an even classier impression with new materials and additional chrome highlights for the controls, air vents and central control panel. The newly crafted centre console with a sliding cover for the cupholders enables better use of the storage surfaces forward of the gearshift lever and takes the outstanding ergonomics of the BMW 3 Series to an even higher level. The central control panel in the centre console comes in high-gloss black.

A wide range of personalisation options as far as upholstery and interior trim elements are concerned, as well as new wheels, exterior colours and equipment options, round off the specification choices for the new BMW 3 Series.

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Accounting for around 25 per cent of total BMW vehicle sales, the BMW 3 Series Sedan and Touring together represent the BMW brand’s most successful model range with a total of over 14 million examples delivered to customers since its initial introduction in 1975.