Specific design modifications, a further refined interior design,
the new generation of the optional operating concept BMW iDrive, new services
provided by BMW ConnectedDrive, a revised range of engines and innovations
in the areas of drive technology, safety and comfort make both the new BMW
3 Series Saloon and the new BMW 3 Series Touring more attractive than ever
before. With rear-wheel drive, harmonious axle load distribution, outstanding
steering precision and highly sophisticated chassis technology, the BMW 3
Series sets unsurpassed standards for driving dynamics in its segment. More
than ever before, this unique driving pleasure can now be combined with an
awareness of economy and minimised pollutant emissions. Thanks to BMW
EfficientDynamics the new BMW 3 Series achieves significantly lower fuel
consumption and exhaust emission levels with each of the ten engine variations
available than those of the relevant competitors in the premium segment.
The new features in the powertrain field include the further optimised
electronically controlled all-wheel drive system BMW xDrive. This intelligent
all-wheel drive system which variably distributes the drive force between
front and rear wheels to enhance driving dynamics as well as ride stability
and traction can now be combined with five engine types. The new BMW 320d
xDrive is available as a Saloon and Touring model. Another new feature for
both body versions: the BMW 318d by far the most efficient vehicle
of its category with an average fuel consumption of just 4.7 litres per 100
kilometres is now also available with a 6-speed automatic transmission.
Parallel to the market launch of the new BMW 3 Series Saloon and the new
BMW 3 Series Touring, a new 7-speed sports automatic transmission with double
clutch will be presented for the Coupé and the Convertible of the
series. This allows further improved acceleration figures in the models BMW
335i Coupé and BMW 335i Convertible, and combines this added dynamic
performance as compared to the standard 6-speed manual transmission
with the comfort features of an automatic transmission. The 7-speed
sports automatic transmission with double clutch shifts without interrupting
New design accentuations for a sporty, elegant
With striking design accentuations to the front section, the side perspective
and the rear, the dynamic character of the new BMW 3 Series Saloon has been
given additional emphasis, while the new BMW 3 Series Touring enhances its
sporty, elegant profile with new visual features which are recognisable from
Front section with bold shapes and an emphasis
The front view of the Saloon and Touring models of the new
BMW 3 Series is characterised by a clear emphasis of vehicle width. The
characteristic brand look of the double circular headlights is underscored
by means of chrome tubes, and their corona rings can now also be used in
the BMW 3 Series Saloon and the Touring model with optional bi-xenon headlamps
as daytime running lights. The light sources of the direction indicators
have a ribbed structure and LED direction indicator lights are installed
in conjunction with the optional bi-xenon headlamps.
Side view with elegantly elongated lines.
Powerfully taut surfaces and striking character lines dominate
the side view of the new BMW 3 Series. The contour edges of the side skirts
have been set higher and modelled in a more distinctive fashion. Another
new feature is the exterior mirrors with two distinctive character lines,
echoing the interplay between the convex and concave shaping of the surfaces.
The mirrors also offer an enlarged field of vision.
The rear: sporty and tight with a new lighting
Greater emphasis of the vehicles power and sporty character
likewise characterises the rear view of the new BMW 3 Series. To achieve
this effect, the rear bumpers, rear lights and luggage compartment handle
have been completely redesigned. The dual section rear lights are now structured
according to the characteristic BMW L shape. The two LED rear light clusters
and the direction indicators in LED technology are designed to create a striking,
high-quality appearance. The widened track of the new BMW 3 Series especially
contributes to its powerful appearance. Depending on the model, the track
of the rear axle has been widened by up to 24 millimetres by means of a new
wheel carrier and other modified details.
High-quality materials and optimised ergonomics
in the interior.
The modern, high-quality interior of the BMW 3 Series has been
further enhanced by means of specific modifications in the selection of materials
and surface design. Here the modern design concept is also applied, with
its convex-concave surfaces, sporty elegance and technology-oriented aesthetic
Premiere for the new generation of the operating
concept BMW iDrive.
The operating system BMW iDrive is optionally available in the new BMW 3
Series for the activation and control of entertainment, information, navigation
and telecommunications functions, whether standard or optional. The new
generation of iDrive is available in conjunction with the optional navigation
system Professional. What is more, the new iDrive supports multi-mode operation
by voice entry. With the new iDrive generation, BMW extends its lead over
comparable systems made by other manufacturers in terms of display quality
and intuitive operation. Using the four direct selection buttons grouped
around the Controller, it is especially easy to switch spontaneously between
CD, radio, telephone and navigation functions. The functional bookmarks are
supplemented with three control buttons.
Control Display with high-resolution graphics
and variable layout.
The new iDrive in the BMW 3 Series is presented with a 8.8 inch Control Display
whose dimensions surpass all graphic displays available to date in the automobile
field. With its high image resolution it offers significant improve-ment
in the display of detailed graphics. The structure of the user menu also
makes it easier to locate desired functions. All functions controllable by
iDrive are listed in the starter menu.
Hard drive for audio files and navigation
The features of the navigation system Professional include a hard drive
integrated in the vehicle. The storage medium with a capacity of 80 GB provides
outstandingly fast access to digital maps for navigation purposes and can
also be used for an extensive collection of music files. The system enables
music files to be transferred to the hard drive from a CD, MP3 player or
World premiere for unlimited internet use inside
BMW ConnectedDrive makes BMW the first automobile manufacturer in the world
to enable unlimited use of the internet inside the vehicle when stationary.
Internet access is available for the new BMW 3 Series as a special equip-
ment option at attractive flat-rate conditions. The transfer of data is based
on EDGE technology (Enhanced Data Rates for GSM Evolution), which unlike
UMTS offers full geographical coverage and is three to four times faster
than the mobile phone standard GPRS. The basis for internet use in the vehicle
is provided by the further developed functions of iDrive. By pushing the
Controller in different directions, the mouse can be moved across the web
page shown in the Control Display.
BMW ConnectedDrive with extended range.
As a dynamic concept, BMW ConnectedDrive offers the products BMW Assist,
BMW Online, BMW TeleServices and BMW Tracking, depending on the country in
question. At the same time BMW ConnectedDrive is designed for the ongoing
further development of services to increase mobility and information convenience.
The Enhanced Emergency Call with automatic positioning and remote control
functions are examples of safety-related options which are already available,
extending the lead of BMW ConnectedDrive over the competition.
The new BMW 3 Series: the engine of success
for BMW EfficientDynamics.
With its further optimised engine range, the new BMW 3 Series further extends
its leading position in the segment in terms of driving dynamics and economy.
With all engine types, both the Saloon and the Touring model boast superior
fuel consumption and exhaust emission levels than those of their competitors
of comparable output. Depending on the model-specific constellation, the
new BMW 3 Series features the latest measures for increased efficiency. All
petrol and diesel engines available for the new BMW 3 Series represent the
state of the art in engine development. What is more, an extremely wide spectrum
of efficiency-promoting measures has been applied within the engine environ-ment
so as to further reduce fuel consumption and exhaust emissions. This includes
Brake Energy Regeneration, Auto Start/Stop Function, Shift Point Display,
the needs-oriented control of auxiliary units, electro-mechanical power steering,
tyres with reduced rolling resistance and Automatic Air Intake Flaps. With
the comprehensive application of these technologies in what is the most
successful BMW model series in terms of sales figures, the development strategy
BMW EfficientDynamics achieves an especially broad impact.
New 6-cylinder diesel engine in the BMW
In accordance with BMW EfficientDynamics, every new BMW offers
increased driving dynamics in combination with reduced fuel consumption and
exhaust emission levels as compared to its respective predecessor model.
An especially striking example of this is the BMW 330d. Its 3.0 litre
all-aluminium engine has common rail injection of the third generation, whose
piezo injectors operate at a pressure or up to 1,800 bar, and a turbocharger
with variable turbine geometry. The new diesel engine achieves its maximum
output of 180 kW/245 bhp at an engine speed of 4,000 rpm, while its maximum
torque of 520 Nm is available from 1,750 to 3,000 rpm. The new BMW 330d
accelerates in 6.1 seconds from zero to 100 km/h, its maxi- mum speed is
electronically cut off at 250 km/h. The average fuel consumption of the new
BMW 330d according to the EU test cycle is 5.7 litres per 100 kilometres,
its CO2 level is 152 grams per kilometre.
BMW BluePerformance technology: prepared for
the exhaust gas norm EU 6.
The new BMW 330d is fitted as standard with a diesel particulate filter and
an oxidation catalytic converter. Thanks to the innovations applied to the
new 6-cylinder engine, it significantly undercuts the thresholds set for
the exhaust gas norm EU 5. In the oxidation catalytic converter, hydrocarbons
and carbon monoxide are converted to water and carbon dioxide. For further
reduction of nitrogen oxides in exhaust emissions, a NOX-storage catalytic
converter can be integrated in the exhaust gas treatment system of the new
6-cylinder diesel engine, in addition to the oxidation catalytic converter.
In the optional configuration with BMW BluePerformance technology, the new
BMW 330d even meets the requirements for classification according to the
future exhaust gas norm EU 6. Like the new BMW 6-cylinder diesel engines,
the engines of the models BMW 320d and BMW 318d also meet the requirements
of the exhaust gas norm EU 5 as standard. Their 4-cylinder diesel engines
have been modified in a number of details, and the further reduction of exhaust
emission levels has been implemented so as to have no impact on fuel consumption
and the acoustic properties of the engines.
Engine selection: the greatest variety and highest
level of efficiency in the segment.
The ideal combination of driving fun and efficiency also characterises the
other engines available for the new BMW 3 Series. Spontaneously responding,
high-torque 6-cylinder and 4-cylinder diesel engines, powerful and high-revving
4-cylinder petrol engines and the 6-cylinder in-line petrol engine well-known
for its unique refinement and dynamic power delivery form a portfolio which
is unequalled in the segment of the BMW 3 Series. With five petrol engines
and five diesel engines, the new BMW 3 Series offers the most extensive range
in its segment. When it comes to both petrol and diesel power units, customers
have the choice of four 4-cylinder and three 6-cylinder engines. The output
range extends from 105 kW/143 bhp in the 4-cylinder models BMW 318i and BMW
318d to a 225 kW/306 bhp in-line 6-cylinder engine in the BMW 335i. All engines
are available for both the BMW 3 Series Saloon and the Touring model, and
all are combined with the latest BMW EfficientDynamics measures in the
environment of the engine, as suits the specific model configuration. Each
of the ten engine types thus has a more favourable relationship between driving
dynamics and economy as compared to competitor vehicles of similar output.
As one of a number of features which are unique within the competitive field,
all petrol engines are fitted with High Precision Injection and all diesel
engines combine an all-aluminium crankcase, turbo charging and common rail
direct injection of the third generation. The BMW 335i is especially dynamic,
accelerating in just 5.6 seconds from zero to 100 km/h. The outright leader
in terms of efficiency in the entire vehicle segment is the BMW 318d with
an average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle of 4.7 litres per 100 kilometres
and a CO2 emission level of 123 grams per kilometre.
Optimised all-wheel drive system BMW xDrive
now for the BMW 320d xDrive too.
The new BMW 3 Series also presents a further expanded selection
of engine types for combination with the intelligent all-wheel drive system
BMW xDrive. For the first time it is possible to fit 4-cylinder models of
this series with xDrive. The new BMW 320d xDrive combines outstanding efficiency
with superior properties in terms of driving dynamics and traction. Both
for the Saloon and the Touring of the new BMW 3 Series it is now possible
to combine three petrol engines and two diesel engines with the intelligent
all-wheel drive system BMW xDrive. The models in question now bear the
designations BMW 335i xDrive, BMW 330i xDrive, BMW 325i xDrive, BMW 330d
xDrive and BMW 320d xDrive. The electronically controlled permanent all-wheel
drive system BMW xDrive offers an incomparable level of comfort, traction
and agility over all surfaces due to its flexible distribution of drive torque
between the front and rear axles. In order to ensure especially precise control,
the computer unit of the drive stability regulation system Dynamic Stability
Control (DSC) and that of xDrive are networked with each other in the Integrated
Chassis Management (ICM). With these capabilities, xDrive supports driving
dynamics because it identifies any tendency to oversteer or understeer early
on and counteracts effectively.
Superior chassis technology, Active Steering
as an option.
The new BMW 3 Series has the most sophisticated chassis technology in its
segment. At the rear axle there is a five-link construction which is adapted
to the needs of the especially high-power and high-torque engines. The front
axle of the BMW 3 Series also reflects a unique standard of engineering.
The dual-arm tension strut axle with stabiliser is largely made of aluminium.
The standard equipment also includes an electro-mechanical steering system
with integrated Servotronic function for speed-related steering support.
Active Steering is also optionally available: here, steering transmission
is adapted to road speed.
Optimised occupant protection with crash-active
The safety concept of the new BMW 3 Series is based on a solid body structure,
the selective application of high-strength steel types and special deformation
elements which divert and absorb impact energy. In addition there are six
airbags, 3-point automatic belts and headrests on all seats to offer occupants
optimum protection. What is more, ISOFIX childrens seat mounts on the
rear seats are a standard feature. The front seats of the new BMW 3 Series
are fitted as standard with crash-active headrests which significantly reduce
the risk of injury to the cervical spine in the event of an impact. Controlled
by the vehicles safety electronics system, this feature ensures that
in the event of a rear-on collision the front section of the headrest is
moved forward by up to 60 millimetres and upwards by as much as 40 millimetres.
This reduces the distance between headrest and head, thus increasing the
stabilising and securing function of the headrest. A contribution to active
safety is made by the new generation of adaptive headlight, optionally available
in conjunction with bi-xenon headlamps. It guarantees illumination of the
road surface when taking a corner. Here the swivel direction of the headlamps
is derived from the steering angle, the yaw rate and the road speed of the
vehicle. At low speeds the turning light is activated. This function is performed
by one of the two inside headlamps, depending on the direction. Before each
turning manoeuvre, the light cone is turned specifically in the appropriate
direction to illuminate the road ahead.
Best heating and climate comfort in the
In the area of comfort fittings, too, the new BMW 3 Series has a range of
optimised features to offer. The further developed heating and air conditioning
technology ensures that the interior maintains the desired temperature throughout
the year. The new BMW 3 Series has the most high-performance heating and
cooling system in its category. Within one minute the entire interior air
volume can be completely exchanged three times. In spite of the outstandingly
high air through-flow rate, excellent acoustics are ensured by means of a
flow optimisation function in the unit and its feed lines and by means of
an air outlet positioned at the centre of the instrument panel. A 2-zone
air conditioning system is optionally available with individual temperature
controls for the driver and front passenger.