Saturday 24 February 2018

Mean lean and green: BMW coupe gets a facelift

BMW has updated the look of its 3 Series Coupe and Cabriolet to bring both models in line with the saloon, which received a facelift last year.

The cosmetic changes include new lights, a new bumper and front splitter and grille. But the biggest difference is under the bonnet, where the 3 Series receives a fresh line-up of more efficient engines.

The 320d now offers more power – up by 7bhp to 181bhp – with CO2 emissions pegged at 125g/km. The 335i model is now the newer single-turbo unit from the 5 Series GT, which offers the same 302bhp of the outgoing model, but with improved fuel economy and lower CO2 emissions.

BMW will also offer a new 2.0-litre 141bhp diesel (318d) in the 3 Series saloon and Touring models. It emits just 119g/km CO2. The cars should be here by April and prices will be announced closer to then. BMW is also said to be planning a hot 3 Series model called the 335iS which will sit in between the M3 and 335i in the range.

Powered by a 332bhp six-cylinder 3-litre engine, the 335iS will reach 60mph from standstill in five seconds. Sadly it won't be coming to Ireland just yet, with BMW initially planning to launch the car in the US and Canada.

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