NEWS ➤ 2019 BMW 3 Series: Trims and details
By Wayne Gorrett
- Introducing the seventh generation BMW 3 Series saloon.
- Gets new engines, improved design and better efficiencies.
- On sale from 9 March 2019.
The all-new 2019 BMW 3 Series saloon was revealed this week at the Paris Motor Show. It’s the seventh generation of BMW’s long-lived executive car and is set to take on the latest Audi A4, Mercedes C-Class and Volvo S60 when it goes on sale on 9 March 2019. The more practical Touring estate is expected to arrive in the autumn.
The new BMW 3 Series has had its proportions radically revised. It is now 85 millimetres longer and 16 millimetres wider than its predecessor. In addition, its wheelbase has been extended by 41 millimetres to 2,851mm, as has its track widths (front: by 43mm, and rear by 21mm). There’s more space inside as a result, with a redesigned interior that’s been brought up to date with improved infotainment and connectivity options.
Body rigidity has been improved by 25% and the car’s suspension has been reworked to be lighter while continuing to provide the renowned BMW balance of ride comfort and an engaging driving experience.
The new BMW 3 Series will be offered with three engines from launch, although additional engines are expected later. The first is the 2.0-litre turbodiesel in the 320d which produces 187hp and manages 0-62mph in 7.1 seconds with a six-speed manual gearbox, or 6.8 seconds with an eight-speed automatic. Official fuel economy is quoted at 64.2mpg on the combined cycle for the manual, or 67.3 for the automatic; CO2 emissions are 115 and 110g/km respectively.
The four-wheel-drive 320d xDrive completes the diesel range for now, and gets an eight-speed auto as standard.
The single petrol powered BMW 3 Series from launch will be the 330i, which has a 254hp engine, giving a 0-62mph time of 5.8 seconds. The 330i will only be available with the eight-speed automatic and returns an economy figure of 48.7mpg; emissions sit at 132g/km of CO2.
Once the standard line-up is in showrooms, BMW will turn its attention to the performance models; M40i and M40d variants will be launched, while the flagship M3 will arrive by 2020.
The 2019 BMW 3 Series will be offered in three familiar trim levels from launch: SE, Sport and M Sport. Standard kit on the SE includes LED headlights and front fog lights, ambient interior lighting, a reversing camera, power-folding mirrors and three-zone air conditioning as standard, along with a leather sports steering wheel and BMW’s Live Cockpit plus system, which features an 8.8-inch infotainment screen. All new 3 Series come with a 40:20:20 split-folding rear seatbacks with folding headrests for extra practicality. SE cars get their own front and rear bumpers.
Sport adds high-gloss trim for the window surrounds, grille and rear bumper elements, plus unique 18-inch alloys and a sporty interior with black trim, heated sports seats (in the front) and standard leather upholstery.
Top-of-the-range M Sport gets a front bumper incorporating larger air intakes, plus unique side skirts and rear bumper, along with the same dark high-gloss trim pieces as found on the Sport. Inside, there are heated sports seats, an M-badged leather steering wheel and full leather upholstery, plus a darker headlining for a sportier interior ambience. The M Sport also benefits from 12.3-inch digital display instead of traditional dials, along with a larger 10.3-inch central infotainment screen running BMW’s latest ID7 operating system.
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