BMW is taking the wraps off a new, sportier, 3 Series, which is getting a facelift in the looks department and a new straight-six engine under the hood. Plus, the automaker’s added the 330e, the first-ever plug-in hybrid to the series lineup.
The new 2016 340i Sedan will be the automaker’s first model to get BMW’s new 320 hp TwinPower Turbo Inline 6-cylinder from the EfficientDynamics engine family. It comes with 330 lb-ft of torque. The new 3.0 liter engine replaces the N55 powered 335i and tops the 3 Series gasoline line-up. Top speed is 155 mph.
In terms of transmission, an 8-speed automatic transmission is standard with a 6-speed manual transmission available as a no-cost option on 320i, 328i, 340i and 340i xDrive models. The Series 3 also gets a new chassis, with new front struts, new rear damper technology and redesigned electric power steering which BMW says enhance overall vehicle dynamics.
The BMW 3 Series Sedan and BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon feature a sharper design and a sportier front, supported by the newly designed headlights with optional full-LED headlights (standard on 340i models). The rear view also cuts an even more dynamic figure thanks to its LED tail lights and sculptural, clearly defined lines.
There is also a new Track Handling Package available as an option. It’s available on the gasoline engine models only, consists of Variable Sport Steering, Adaptive M Suspension and M Sport Brakes with high temperature Euro brake pads mounted to blue calipers that highlight the new 3 Series sportiness while sharpening handling. The package includes 18” Light alloy wheels in Orbit Grey with Michelin Super Sport Tires, which emphasize maximum performance while providing excellent handling. Optional 19” wheels are also available on all 340i models.
Meanwhile, the previous Sport Line is now standard on 328i, 328d and 340i (including xDrive models) which features high-gloss exterior components including black kidney grills, black B-Pillars and a black high-gloss element on the rear bumper. The tailpipe trim is also in black chrome while high-gloss black finishers surrounding the air-intakes with aluminum-type decorative elements support the overall sporty look of the new BMW 3 Series.
There are Luxury and Premium options too. Plus, there’s no lack of color choices with 12 to choose from, including new ones like Mediterranean Blue Metallic, Platinum Silver Metallic and Jatoba Brown Metallic. If you want the Estoril Blue Metallic shade, it’s still still reserved exclusively for cars equipped with the M Sport package.
Read all the details on BMW’s press release.