Thursday 8 December 2016

BMW revise 3-series as rivals target their top model

Published 13/05/2015 | 02:30

Revamped: BMW 3-Series
Revamped: BMW 3-Series

A REVAMPED BMW 3-series range will go on sale here from July. The saloon will cost from €37,140 on-the-road and the Touring kicks off from €39,510.

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It is hard to believe the 3-series as a name and model is 40 years on the road this year. There is no doubt it changed our way of thinking about cars and became the byword for compact sporting saloons.

Nowadays there is intense competition in that market. And this latest revision is a counterpunch to several new and upgraded rivals, among them the new XE sport saloon from Jaguar.

BMW have re-styled the front and back of the latest 3-series while the cabin gets new materials.

Under the bonnet most engines are new, BMW say. The 316d, 318d, 320d diesels and all petrols (including the new 3cyl 318i) come from the EfficientDynamics stable.

They are claiming 72.4mpg from the 320d EfficientDynamics Plus (99g/km) version. There will be a 330e plug-in-hybrid next year (252bhp, 134.5mpg, 49g/km claimed). Gearboxes and chassis have also been upgraded.

The big-selling 320d now costs €460 more (SE grade) but they say there is a lot more spec while the 320d SE Touring costs €20 less. Standard spec now includes: two-zone air con, Media Package - BMW Business, 6.5ins colour screen and iDrive Controller, Emergency Call, Bluetooth/USB, audio streaming, new 17ins alloys, rear Park Distance Control, auto wipers and lights.

Since the first model was introduced way back in 1975 around 14 million people have bought a 3-series.

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