BMW Expands ES Model Range

BMW has added the 316iES Saloon to its range of highly-specified and competitively priced 3 Series ES variants. The new model joins 318iES and 320dES Saloon and Touring models, which debuted in January 2003 and 316iES and 320tdES Compact derivatives which followed in June 2003.

Priced at £18,495 on-the-road, the 316iES features standard ES equipment worth £2,390. This includes Sports Suspension, CD player, alloy wheels, M Leather steering wheel, anthracite headlining, colour coded door handles and storage compartment package.

As well as additional specification, the new 316iES features BMW’s 1.8-litre petrol engine with VALVETRONIC, built at the Hams Hall plant in Warwickshire. Launched in September 2001 in the 318i engine, VALVETRONIC infinitely variable valve timing now delivers lower fuel consumption and exhaust emissions, as well as improved performance and engine smoothness, to models like the range-topping 760Li and forthcoming 645Ci Coupé.

With its standard 5-speed manual gearbox, the 316iES powers from 0-62 in 10.9 seconds and on to a top speed of 128 mph. However it is equally strong on economy, offering 39.8 mpg on the combined fuel consumption cycle thanks to VALVETRONIC. CO2 emissions are just 172 g/km which place the 316iES in the fourth lowest band for company car tax at just 18 per cent.

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Published : 13/11/03 Author : Melanie Carter

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