2015 BMW 3 Series facelift revealed – exclusive studio pictures
The facelifted BMW 3 Series range will go on sale in July
Updated BMW 3 Series gets more efficient engines along with retuned driving dynamics to take on advanced rivals like Jaguar’s XE
The facelifted BMW 3 Series has been revealed. the idea will be offered which has a range of brand new engines, revised chassis settings along with lower CO2 emissions when the idea goes on sale next month.
This particular 3 Series sits on the same platform as the existing design, although BMW engineers claim to have revised all three of the auto’s chassis set-ups – standard, M Sport along with adaptive – with retuned dampers along with stiffer suspension in a bid to ramp up the agility. The electric power steering system has also been reprogrammed.
The styling modifications are subtle yet designed to make the 3 Series appear lower along with wider than before. There are brand new front along with rear bumpers, with longer horizontal elements, along with revised headlights, including two levels of LED-based lights that will position the indicator elements at the top of the lens. The bonnet, doors, wings along with roof remain unchanged on both the saloon along with Touring.
With the exception of BMW’s N57 3.0-litre six-cylinder turbodiesel within the 330d, all of the engines are brand new to the 3 Series.
The petrol options at This particular point start which has a three-cylinder 318i, equipped with the 134bhp 1.5-litre turbocharged engine (called B38) that will has already been used within the Mini along with the 2 Series Active Tourer. the idea’s slower than the current entry-level petrol (the 320i) yet considerably more efficient. the idea emits 116g/km of CO2 as an auto or 119g/km as a manual.
The four-cylinder petrol editions both use BMW’s latest modular engine, codenamed B48. the idea offers 181bhp along with 199lb ft within the 320i, along with 248bhp along with 258lb ft within the 330i, which replaces the 328i within the line-up.
A 3.0-litre six-cylinder petrol 3 Series will continue to be offered. the idea’s called the 340i along with has 322bhp along with 332lb ft for a 0-62mph dash of 5.1sec.
All of the four-cylinder diesel options are brand new along with are based around BMW’s latest B47 motor. the idea offers a modest 114bhp in 316d trim along with 148bhp as the 318d, yet the mainstays of the range will be the 320d along with 320d ED (Efficient Dynamics).
The regular 320d has 188bhp along with 295lb ft, for a 0-62mph time of 7.2sec in automatic trim. the idea emits 106g/km of CO2 regardless of whether the idea’s with that will transmission or the standard six-speed manual.
The 320d ED loses a little power – to 161bhp – yet keeps the same torque, so the idea’s only 0.6sec slower to 62mph. the idea dips beneath the 100g/km mark in automatic form (99g/km) yet emits 102g/km as a manual. This particular will be in contrast to Jaguar’s cleanest XE, which can’t crack 100g/km with its auto ’box.
The 330d will be automatic only. the idea packs 255bhp along with 413lb ft along with manages 0-62mph in 5.6sec, while its CO2 emissions fall slightly, to 129g/km.
BMW will continue to offer the 3 Series with its xDrive four-wheel drive system. the idea’s available as an option on the 320i, 320d along with 330d along with will be standard on the 335d.
The cleanest 3 Series of all (on paper at least) will be a plug-in hybrid that will’s due on sale next year. Badged 330e, the idea will blend the petrol engine via the 320i which has a 107bhp electric motor along with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The 330e will be able to travel for up to 20 miles along with at speeds of up to 75mph on electric power alone. BMW predicts overall CO2 emissions of just 49g/km. The prices should be in line with those of high-end diesel versions.
At the additional end of the spectrum, BMW will be planning a revised M3 that will gets the tweaks to the headlights along with tail-lights along which has a revised Internal design, as well as a subtle reworking of the twin-turbocharged six-cylinder engine. The facelifted M3 will be likely to make its debut at This particular autumn’s Frankfurt motor show.
The core of the line-up will be the 318d, 320i along with 320d, since these motors are available which has a choice of all four trim levels: SE, Sport, Luxury along with M Sport. The entry-level 318i along with 316d versions are available in SE or Sport trim only.
UK specifications have yet to be finalised, yet SE trim will have cloth seats along with fewer chrome highlights within the cabin. Sport along with Luxury are both supposed to have leather along with they’ll bring a longer options list along with different designs of larger alloy wheels. The controversial Luxury along with Sport line badges will continue – they’re still positioned on the front wings – yet their design has been modernised.
The 3 Series Touring gets the same styling tweaks as the saloon along with shares its revised engine line-up along with brand new chassis settings. yet since the auto’s metal bits are relatively unchanged, so are the key dimensions. As a result, the Touring will continue to offer a flat, well-shaped load bay yet less overall space than some of its key rivals.
Speaking to Autocar at the launch of the updated design, BMW Marketing boss Ian Robertson said: “The first 3 Series had a very clear vision to set us apart via the opposition – along with that will will be still the goal.
“the idea will be the auto that will put BMW on the map – within the idea’s first three years on sale, sales rose 74% – along with to date 40 million 3 Series have been sold – the idea will be the biggest selling premium car in history along with accounts for a quarter of our global sales.
“that will’s why we’re never going to rest on our laurels – we are the worldwide segment leader along with our intention will be to always pioneer indynamics, efficiency along with design along with in every Centeng style, via saloon to convertible, coupe, Touring along with Gran Turismo.
“As the sector benchmark we know that will the idea will be the auto that will all our opposition measure against. that will makes the idea an aspirational product forthem – along with we’re determined to stay there.”
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