BMW 3 Series: New Models, All-Wheel Drive And New M Sports Package

BMW 3 Series With M Sports Package

BMW 3 Series

BMW’s best-selling, top-volume model series is entering the new model year with even greater momentum than before, featuring new engines, new transmission, the xDrive all-wheel-drive system, additional features as well as new paintwork and upholstery options. A further new feature is the M Sports Package for both the Saloon and Touring.

Even more diesel power for the 3 Series Saloon

Half a year after the world debut of the new 3 Series Saloon, BMW is now introducing the 318i entry-level petrol model as well as the two 318d and 330d diesel Saloons rounding off the range.

Like the models already in the market, the new engines naturally comply in full with the strict EU4 emission standard.

Featuring BMW’s 3.0-litre diesel in the 330d, the new Saloon comes with the most powerful diesel engine ever to be seen in the 3 Series: The six-cylinder develops a muscular 170 kW/231 hp at 4,000 rpm and offers truly outstanding power and performance at all speeds: With its maximum torque of 500 Nm/369 lb-ft extending all the way from 1,750–3,000 rpm, the 330d ensures truly opulent power reserves even at very low speeds.

With this kind of power, the 330d Saloon accelerates to 0-62 mph in just 6.7 seconds. Top speed is limited electronically to 155 mph. But despite this outstanding performance, the 330d Saloon consumes just 6.5 litres of diesel fuel on 100 km in the composite EU cycle (equal to 43.5 mpg Imp).

The new 318d Saloon rounds off BMW’s diesel portfolio at the lower end, the four-cylinder power unit developing maximum output of 90 kW/122 hp at 4,000 rpm. Maximum torque of 280 Nm or 206 lb-ft comes from just 1,750–2,000 rpm, the 318d thus accelerating through outstanding flexibility and powerful acceleration at all speeds: Acceleration from 0–62 mph comes in 10.6 seconds, acceleration from 80–120 km/h in fourth gear in 9.3 seconds, and the car’s top speed is 206 km/h or 128 mph. Fuel consumption in the EU test cycle, finally, is a mere 5.6 litres/100 km or 50.4 mpg Imp.

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Published 31 July 2005 Melanie Carter

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