There are high hopes for the new BMW 3 Series which accounts for a quarter of all BMWs sold.
The car has been a sales phenomenon, it’s racked up 14 million sales since its 1975 launch, and help to define the premium sports saloon segment.
Now the BMW 3 Series has an improved saloon and touring models available with changes to their rear and front styling.
It still has the attractive good looks which feature a sculpted long bonnet with short rear and front overhangs.
The car also comes with new materials and an improved interior to give a comfortable and sporting ambience.
New engines for the BMW 3 Series
The new 3 Series come with a host of new engines, most of them are the latest EfficientDynamics to help boost economy.
For instance, the new 318i has three cylinders and will return 52mpg while producing 136hp and having CO2 emissions of 124g/km.
It has a 0 to 62 mph time of 8.9 seconds and a top speed of 131 mph.
The most frugal of the BMW 3 Series is the 320d ED which will return an astonishing 72mpg while having CO2 emissions of 102g/km.
The engine will produce 163 HP and will reach 0 to 62 mph in 7.9 seconds. Its top speed is 143 mph.
Best performing BMW 3 Series
The best performing BMW 3 Series is the flagship model, the 335d, which will reach from 0 to 62mph in 4.8 seconds and has a power output of 313 HP.
Its top speed is 155 mph and it will still return an impressive 51mpg and has CO2 emissions of 145g/km.
BMW have also improved its gearboxes, personalisation options as well as the chassis dynamics to provide excellent road-holding and driving abilities.
The new BMW 3 Series also has a range of impressive technology including the firm’s Professional satnav and extra equipment.
Standard equipment includes parking assist to help transverse and parallel parking and a system that will help brake the car when it detects stationary traffic.
BMW 3 Series optional equipment
Optional equipment includes a head-up display – all of the car’s vital information such as speed and navigation instructions are displayed onto the windscreen – and there’s also a driving assistance package.
This includes things like lane departure warning, pedestrian warning as well as a collision warning with city braking.
As with all BMW’s, the new 3 Series comes with the firm’s emergency call system which will contact the BMW Call Centre if it detects that the car’s airbags have been triggered in an accident.
There’s also a rapid call facility to summon emergency services in an accident.
The new BMW 3 Series saloon and touring models will be going on sale in July and prices are still to be announced.