2015 BMW 3 Series facelift revealed
The facelifted BMW 3 Series range will go on sale in June
Updated BMW 3 Series gets more efficient engines as well as also 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 that has a range of completely new engines, revised chassis settings as well as also lower CO2 emissions when the idea goes on sale next month.
This particular 3 Series sits on the same platform as the existing type, although BMW engineers claim to have revised all three of the auto’s chassis set-ups – standard, M Sport as well as also adaptive – with retuned dampers as well as also stiffer suspension in a bid to ramp up the agility. The electric power steering system has also been reprogrammed.
The styling modifications are subtle although designed to make the 3 Series appear lower as well as also wider than before. There are completely new front as well as also rear bumpers, with longer horizontal elements, as well as also 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 as well as also roof remain unchanged on both the saloon as well as also Touring.
With the exception of BMW’s N57 3.0-litre six-cylinder turbodiesel within the 330d, all of the engines are completely new to the 3 Series.
The petrol options currently start that 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 as well as also the 2 Series Active Tourer. the idea’s slower than the current entry-level petrol (the 320i) although 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 as well as also 199lb ft within the 320i, as well as also 248bhp as well as also 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 as well as also has 322bhp as well as also 332lb ft for a 0-62mph dash of 5.1sec.
All of the four-cylinder diesel options are completely new as well as also are based around BMW’s latest B47 motor. the idea offers a modest 114bhp in 316d trim as well as also 148bhp as the 318d, although the mainstays of the range will be the 320d as well as also 320d ED (Efficient Dynamics).
The regular 320d has 188bhp as well as also 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 – although 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) although emits 102g/km as a manual. This particular is usually in contrast to Jaguar’s cleanest XE, which can’t crack 100g/km with its auto ’box.
The 330d is usually automatic only. the idea packs 255bhp as well as also 413lb ft as well as also 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 as well as also 330d as well as also is usually 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 by the 320i that has a 107bhp electric motor as well as also an eight-speed automatic transmission. The 330e will be able to travel for up to 20 miles as well as also 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 designs.
At the different end of the spectrum, BMW is usually planning a revised M3 that will gets the tweaks to the headlights as well as also tail-lights as well as also a revised Inner surface structure, as well as a subtle reworking of the twin-turbocharged six-cylinder engine. The facelifted M3 is usually likely to make its debut at This particular autumn’s Frankfurt motor show.
The core of the line-up will be the 318d, 320i as well as also 320d, since these motors are available that has a choice of all four trim levels: SE, Sport, Luxury as well as also M Sport. The entry-level 318i as well as also 316d designs are available in SE or Sport trim only.
UK specifications have yet to be finalised, although SE trim will have cloth seats as well as also fewer chrome highlights within the cabin. Sport as well as also Luxury are both anticipated to have leather as well as also they’ll bring a longer options list as well as also different designs of larger alloy wheels. The controversial Luxury as well as also Sport line badges will continue – they’re still positioned on the front wings – although their design has been modernised.
The 3 Series Touring gets the same styling tweaks as the saloon as well as also shares its revised engine line-up as well as also completely new chassis settings. although 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 although less overall space than some of its key rivals.
Speaking to Autocar at the launch of the updated type, BMW Marketing boss Ian Robertson said: “The first 3 Series had a very clear vision to set us apart by the opposition – as well as also that will is usually still the goal.
“the idea is usually the auto that will put BMW on the map – within the idea’s first three years on sale, sales rose 74% – as well as also to date 40 million 3 Series have been sold – the idea is usually the biggest selling premium car in history as well as also 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 as well as also our intention is usually to always pioneer indynamics, efficiency as well as also design as well as also in every Centeng style, by saloon to convertible, coupe, Touring as well as also Gran Turismo.
“As the sector benchmark we know that will the idea is usually the auto that will all our opposition measure against. that will makes the idea an aspirational product forthem – as well as also we’re determined to stay there.”
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