Tuesday 19 September 2017

Blitz of new models from BMW

BMW is unleashing a stream of new models. They include the 6-series Gran Coupe, here next month, and a three-door version of the 1-series.

But probably of most interest is the the fifth-generation BMW 3-series Touring.

Due for sale in September, it will have a 2-litre, four-cylinder 182bhp and 3-litre straight-six (254bhp) diesel as well as a turbocharged 2-litre four-cylinder with 242bhp.

There's more boot space and BMW claims it now beats key rivals such as the Audi A4 Avant and Mercedes C-Class estate.

Rear-seat passengers benefit too, with 17mm extra knee room and 9mm more headroom.

The rear seats split 40:20:40 and have a large through-loading hole in the centre (for your skis of course), but they also fold leaving a more than decent load area.

An electrically powered boot (via key fob, switch on the A-pillar or a button on the boot itself) is standard.

A six-speed manual gearbox is standard on the 328i petrol and diesel 320d versions.

But there's a new eight-speed automatic gearbox on the 330d.

Standard equipment includes 17ins alloys, automatic air con, BMW Professional radio with 6.5ins colour screen and iDrive control, keyless start, cruise control, a USB audio interface and the 40:20:40 split rear seats.

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