New BMW 3-Series Receive New Powertrains

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The new 2017 BMW 3-Series has recently been unveiled to the public at the Munich motor show. It seems as though the new ‘3’ will be significantly different from the previous model.

It’s expected that the new 2017 BMW 3-Series will be available in the showrooms later this year, prices haven’t yet been confirmed.

Update: Prices kept the same as 2016 model (starting from $34,445) with just a little price bump for 330i model (previous 328i) due to an engine change.

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Any Styling Changes?

The new model has received quite a lot of attention, in particular, the ever so noticeable bumpers and the face of the car; the headlamps and turn indicators. The sedan will now have LED headlamps, but in Germany, the car will be fitted with Halogen bulbs.

Update: Styling of the car remains unchaged since the latest facelift in 2016.

Inside the Cabin

The interior will remain virtually unchanged, although the climate control will get an updated control unit and there will be a little more chrome trimming. As you’d expect, the multimedia and safety systems will also be upgraded to something more modern.

The 2017 3-Series will be fitted with tech that can monitor road signs and auto brake in the event of an impending collision. In addition, the tech will also be capable of monitoring blind spots. The base model will be fitted with navigation with a built-in router-modem, meaning a constant monitoring of traffic and conditions, as well as being updateable.

Update: New 2017 models received Wi-Fi hotspot available in all trim levels, as well as wireless charger for the smartphone.

Two New Designations

It seems as though the engineers at BMW have spent their time concentrating on the engines; the base model will now have a 1.8 liter engine rather than the older 1.6 liter. The smallest engine will be a 3-cylinder turbocharged 1.5 liter engine.

Even in this form, the engine will produce around 136 BHP, you’ll also find this engine in the Mini Cooper, where the performance comes in at around 8.8 seconds for a zero to sixty sprint and go on to a top speed of around 130 MPH.

  • BMW 320 CI Cabrio / Roadster – Turbocharged, two-liter, 184 BHP.
  • 328i replaced by 330i model with an output of 248 BHP.
  • The flagship model will be the 340i, which has a 3.0 liter engine, producing around 326 BHP, this means a zero to sixty sprint time of about 5 seconds flat.

IThe new 3-Series will also have an updated range of diesel engines, four new 4-cylinder engines in fact, along with the existing three other 6-cylinder diesels. These new engines will produce 150, 163 and 190 BHP respectively.

There will also be a hybrid version which is thought to be available from the early part of next year, although nothing has been confirmed yet.

Update: 1.5-liter 3-cylinder engine is unavailable in the US; trims starting with 320i model. 340i get standard M-package; Plug-in hybrid under designation of 330e received 4-cylinder 180HP engine with electric motor and Li-ion batteries. Combined output is 247 HP.

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Sizes of standard car are the follows:

  • width 71.3 in
  • height 56.3 in
  • length 182.8 in

More Speeds

The new models will also feature retuned transmissions. The 8-speed auto should be smoother and the manual version has software to better match the engine speed and road speed when the driver drops a gear for acceleration.

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2017 BMW 330i
Drivetrain
Engine type DOHC 16V I4, direct fuel injection, turbocharged
Displacement 2.0L
Power/torque 248 HP; 258 lb-ft
Transmission 8-speed automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase 110.6 inch
Length 182.8 in
Height 56.3 in
Passenger volume 96 cu ft
Cargo volume 16 cu ft
Performance
0-60 5.4 sec
Top speed 155 mph (limited)
PRICE RANGE: $34,445 – $51,545
Competitors: Audi A4, Mercedes-Benz C-class, Jaguar XE

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Summary

The new 3-series BMW will more likely to keep the lead for entry-level luxury cars in terms of performance and handling.

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