BMW’s new 3-Series Sedan unveiled with Specs, Price and Release Date
BMW has finally unveiled its brand-new 3-Series codenamed F30, the concept is sixth generation of its compact luxury sedan and is its five iterations since its launch. The new vehicle according to the company will be available starting February 11, 2012.
The new vehicle is claimed to be the sportiest car in its segment. BMW’s CEO, Norbert Reithofer said that the ca will give you sheer driving pleasure at the highest level. When it comes to the design, this new vehicle is 93 mm longer and has an augmented wheelbase at 2,810 mm (+50mm) as well as wider front (+37 mm) and rear (+47 mm) tracks. The new model offer more space than iots predecessor with 15 mm more legroom and 8 mm more headroom for rear seat passengers. yet Interestingly, the car has saved weight and measures up to 40 kg (88 lb) lighter than the previous model.
At first the vehicle will be offered with four TwinPower turbocharged engines: two petrol and two diesel units, which are available with two transmissions, a six-speed manual and an eight-speed automatic. Gasoline range includes the 328i and 335i and both are equipped with fuel-saving EfficientDynamics package. The 328i is powered by a twin-turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder with direct injection, twin-scroll turbocharging, double-Vanos variable camshaft timing and Valvetronic variable valve timing.
When it comes to performance, the new 328i provides 240HP and 350 Nm (258.1 lb-ft) of torque from 1,250-4,800 rpm. The vehicle speeds from 0-100 (0-62 mph) in 5.9 seconds and reaches an electronically-limited top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph). Th fuel consumption of the 328i is 6.4 lt/100 km (36.7 mpg US) with the 6-speed manual gearbox (6.3 lt/100 km – 37.3 mpg US with the auto) and it is 11% lower than its predecessor.
On the other hand, the 335i has a turbocharged inline-six with 306HP and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque delivered from 1,200-5,000 rpm. The vehicle runs from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 5.5 seconds and tops out at 250 km/h (155 mph) due to the electronic speed limiter like the 328i. The 335i fuel consumption is a little higher than 328i at 7.2-7.9 lt/100 km.
Othe version include 184HP 320d and the 163HP 320d EfficientDynamics turbodiesels which accelerates accelerates the 3er from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in7.5 seconds, tops out at 235 km/h (146 mph), consumes 4.5 lt/100 km (52.2 mpg) of fuel and emits 118 g of CO2 per km.
The 163HP EfficientDynamics diesel version will speed up in 8.0 seconds and reaches 230 km/h (143 mph) and is very low fuel consumption at 4.1 lt/100 (57.3 US mpg) and 109 g/km.
Company has aq plan to add three new engines on the lineup that include one petrol and two diesels. The petrol model is the 320i and will be powered by a 184HP and 270 Nm (199.1 lb-ft) version of the 2.0-liter TwinTurbo engine while the two turbodiesels will be the 116HP and 260 Nm (191.7 lb-ft) 316d and the 143HP and 320 Nm (236 lb-ft) 318d. The company has also a plan to release the ActiveHybrid 3 using the same hybrid powertrain as the new ActiveHybrid 5.
When it comes to Hybrid, the full full-hybrid version of the 3-Series will be integrated with 306HP 3.0-liter TwinTurbo petrol engine with 40kW/54HP electric motor into a eight-speed auto transmission and maximum combined output and torque will be 340HP and 450 Nm (332 lb-ft) respectively and it’s average fuel consumption is 6.4 lt/100 km (36.7 mpg).
The new 3-sereis will also Driving Experience Control system that in addition to its three basic modes, Comfort, Sport and Sport+, offers an Eco Pro setting and will help reduce consumption up to 20%.
The new sedan model will be available in three different configurations that include Sport Line, Modern Line and Luxury Line so you can customize your vehicle. If you want more options, there is also M Sport package which will add 10 mm (0.4 inch) lower as well as firmer suspension, harder anti-roll bars, 18- or 19-inch M alloy wheels, chrome exhaust pipes, exclusive bodywork paint and sport interior trim.
There are also other optional equipment list such as the Adaptive M Sport suspension, Head-Up Display, ConnectedDrive infotainment system, Active Cruise Control with Stop&Go, real-time traffic info, parking assistant and the lane change and lane departure warning systems.
The new BMW 3 Series will be produced at company’s plants in Munich and Regensburg in Germany, as well as in Roslyn, South Africa. In Germany the price for the new series range from €35,350 for the 320d and €43,600 for the 335i. Check out the images below and feel free to drop your comment in the box.