The new BMW 3 series – Meaner than ever
Lower weight, stiffer chassi and a striking exterior are all hints that the new 3 series has embraced the words driving performance. Lets start with the dimensions.
The car has grown and is 7,6 centimeters longer than the old generation, but it is also wider (1,6 centimeters) and higher (1 millimeter). The distance between the axles has also been widened, giving further confirmation that it will be a great car to drive.
With a larger exterior one might think that that the car might look bulky, but it looks far from it. The whole exterior has been revamped an is meaner than ever. It could very well be an m-badge car. The front is poised and angular with the lights being the most dramatic detail of the whole exterior. They come standard as fully LED but if you want the best of the best you could go for adaptive lights with laser technology. The rear looks in comparison a lot tamer with a big, smooth lower body part. One cool detail is that there is an integrated spoiler meaning that the car has active aero.
The all to well known interior is unchanged in the new 3-series. Luckily, the quality has been bumped up with generous amounts of high quality materials. As expected,the car i jammed packed with technology, if you go for the optional Driving Assistant Proffessional package that is. In that case you get active cruise control that can handle traffic jams and also be able to steer on the motorway. There will not be any fully automated driving systems, so you will still have to do most of the work. Luckily, collision warning with automatic emergency braking system comes as standard.
The automatic parking system has been revamped which now handles both parallell parking and parking at different angles.
And now for the most important part, at least for me. The engines. The most powerful engine, and the only petrol engine confirmed, at the launch is found in the 330i. It will be a four cylinder with 258 horsepower and 400 newtonmeter. It will do 0-100 in 5,8 seconds and will consume around 0,6 liter per 10 kilometer.
The most important engine will be the engine found in the 320d. A diesel with 190 horsepower and 400 newtonmeter. Impressive numbers when regarding the fuel consumption which will be as low as 0,44 liter per 10 kilometer. This engine will also be available with xDRIVE which is Bmws four wheel drive system.
It is important to note that all of the above engines are Euro 6 certified, meaning the most difficult test for exhaust gasses to date. Further models will be available in 2019 such as a 330e where the e stands for hybrid. The most exciting model however is the M340 xDRIVE, which will do the 0-100 sprint in as low as 4,4 seconds. The oumpf comes from a straight three liter six-cylinder engine with 374 horsepower and 500 newtonmeter.
A new 3-series is always a big deal and the G20 is looking very promising. We will give you a more in depth look when we have had the possibility to drive it.