One petrol and two diesel engines join the existing line-up of powerplants on offer in the new 3 Series Saloon range from September. Two new four-cylinder units, the 318i and 318d, feature 1,995cc capacity engines and represent the entry-level point of 3 Series petrol and diesel ownership.
The 318i is powered by the same 129hp / 180Nm engine as the 118i. The 318i posts a zero to 62mph time of 10.0 seconds and a top speed of 130mph via its standard six-speed manual gearbox. Combined fuel consumption is 38.7mpg, while the CO2 emission figure for the car is 175g/km. The on-the-road cost of the BMW 318i is £19,900.
The 318d uses the same engine as the 118d. It produces 122hp and 280Nm of torque. Again via a six-speed manual gearbox, the 318d posts a zero to 62mph time of 10.6 seconds, while top speed is 129mph and fuel consumption on the combined cycle is a frugal 50.4mpg. The CO2 emission figure for the car is 150g/km, the lowest in the entire BMW range and one that ensures the 318d will be at the top of every fleet manager’s list. Prices for the BMW 318d start at £22,115.
The final engine to be offered on the 3 Series is the eagerly anticipated 3.0-litre six-cylinder diesel recently unveiled on the revised 7 Series. The 2,993cc turbo-charged unit represents the pinnacle of diesel car ownership in the 3 Series range as its 231hp, 500Nm engine will testify. The new 330d records a zero to 62mph time of 6.7 seconds and a limited top speed of 155mph. However, high levels of performance do not compromise economy with the new 330d posting a combined fuel consumption figure of 43.5mpg and CO2 emissions figure of 174g/km.
The 330d comes with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard and is priced from £29,390, with a six-speed automatic gearbox available at extra cost. All new BMW models meet the stringent EU4 emission regulations.
News of the latest engines for the 3 Series Saloon comes as the existing 3 Series Coupé and Convertible (E46 model) ranges have been enhanced. The new 320Cd ES Coupé is offered with Sports Suspension, 16-inch alloy wheels, Storage Compartment Package*, M leather steering wheel and anthracite headlining. The 320Cd ES Coupé costs £22,995.
Buyers of a 3 Series Coupé SE can now also upgrade to Sport or the Hi-Line Package** for just £500.
*Storage Compartment Package comprises front seat back nets, front and rear centre armrests and 2 x 12V power sockets. ** Hi-Line Package comprises 17-inch alloy wheels, metallic paint, Montana leather upholstery.
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