Since its launch in March 2005 the BMW 3 Series has set the benchmark within the compact executive car segment. Proving to be not only extremely popular amongst the business community but also been a hit with family buyers.
Now the BMW 3 Series has been revised for September re-launch with new interiors, engines and exteriors tweaks to ensure its position as market leader. The new models also come with all of the BMW’s EfficientDynamics technologies to provide best-in-class economy and emissions ratings.
The revised BMW 3 Series is offered with a wide array of engines, five petrol and five diesel derivatives, from launch. The BMW 330d engine is a newly developed all-aluminium unit that uses third generation common-rail diesel injection technology with piezo injectors and a single turbo-charger with variable vane geometry. At the other end of the scale, the popular BMW 318d can now be specified with a six-speed automatic transmission.
There is a new six-cylinder 2,993cc engine in the 330d which produces 245hp at 4,000rpm, 14hp up over its predecessor. Torque has also increased by 20Nm to 520Nm and this peak figure is available from 1,750rpm through to 3,000pm. The statistics mean the performance figures of the new 330d Saloon and Touring have improved compared to the previous model. The 330d Saloon now accelerates from zero to 62mph in 6.1 seconds (Touring 6.2 seconds) before going on to an electronically-limited top speed of 155mph. The economy and emissions of the new 330d have similarly improved from 46.3mpg to 49.6mpg and 160g/km to 152g/km.Published 16 July 2008