BMW introduced the new 3 SeriesOctober 2, 2018
BMW as part of the Paris Motor Show introduced the 3-Series model of the new generation (the internal G20 index). The sedan has become larger, but it is much lighter than its predecessor, and also received new more powerful and economical engines.
From the predecessor, the new BMW 3 Series can be distinguished by the modified head LED headlights (as an option, adaptive LED lights are available), rear lights and bumpers of a different shape. In general, the sedan turned out to be visually larger than its predecessor due to the increased wheelbase. Plus, the designers of the Bavarian brand decided to abandon the traditional firm “Hoffmeister bend”, which now goes to the rear pillar.
The length, width and height of the sedan was 4709 mm, width – 1827 mm, and height – 1442 mm, which is 85 mm longer, 16 mm wider, and 1 mm higher than its predecessor. The size of the wheelbase has increased by 41 mm – up to 2851 millimeters.
The center of gravity of the BMW 3-Series will decrease by 10 mm, and the axle weight distribution is ideal – 50:50. The mass of the sedan decreased by 55 kg, but at the same time the strength of the body structure and suspension increased by 15-20%. The company said that the novelty has the lowest in its class coefficient of front aerodynamic drag, which was 0.23.
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In addition, the new BMW 3-Series received a completely redesigned suspension – the sedan was the first production model of the Bavarian brand with special “smart” shock absorbers, which “work continuously and progressively in accordance with the spring stroke”.
As standard, the sedan will be available with analog instruments, a 5.7-inch display between them and an 8.8-inch touchscreen display of the media system. Top versions will be offered with a fully digital 12.3-inch dashboard and 10.25-inch screen infotainment complex.
The range of sedan engines for the European market has included new four-cylinder two-liter supercharged units developing 184 (version 320i) and 258 hp. (version 330i). The diesel range is represented by a two-liter engine capacity of 150 (318d) and 190 hp (320d), and a 265-horsepower three-liter six-cylinder unit (330d).
In Russia, at the time of the start of sales, the new BMW 3-Series will be offered in the 330i version (probably, the unit’s performance will be reduced to 249 forces), for which the rear limited slip differential, as well as an adaptive or sports suspension will be optionally available. In addition, there will be options with a 190-horsepower diesel engine with both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive xDrive. The dates of the start of the sale and the prices of the novelty will be announced later.
The new BMW 3-Series received a rear-view camera, adaptive cruise control, parking assistant, assistant in reverse, and a projection display.
Three-zone cruise control will be available for an additional fee, as well as the Harman Kardon audio system. In addition, the sedan will debut electronic driver assistant Intelligent Personal Assistant, called upon request “Hey BMW” or “OK BMW”. The system will be able to advise the driver on the operation of the systems and the condition of the car (for example, you can ask the computer: “Is the oil level OK?). In addition, with the help of the complex it will be possible to manage a number of information and entertainment functions by voice commands.