First BMW Coupe With Diesel Reaches The UK In October | Part Two


For drivers of the 320Cd, piling on the pounds – that’s up to 239 lb-ft (330Nm) of torque at just 2000 rpm – needn’t mean sacrificing them from the wallet. That’s because the 320Cd boasts outstanding economy figures.

As well as modest fuel consumption of 49.6 miles per gallon on the combined cycle (40.9 with automatic gearbox) the 320Cd emits just 153 g/km CO2.

Being Euro IV compliant, the 320Cd negates the three per cent government surcharge applied to drivers of most diesel-engined cars. That makes it an attractive proposition for company car drivers, falling within the lowest 15 per cent band for company car tax.

Sporty addition to 3 Series Coupé range

Thanks to its sleek coupé proportions, sporty diesel engine, trademark 50:50 weight distribution, rear-wheel drive, and typically direct steering, BMW’s 320Cd will be hailed as a true sports coupé. Suspension is stiffer and set 15 mm lower than the saloon and, as on all BMWs, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) is a standard ‘safety net’ to help keep the car going in the intended direction.

Adaptive headlights can also be specified, in conjunction with bi-xenon headlamps, significantly improving visibility when cornering. This £990.00 option swivels headlamps by up to 15 degrees, taking information from the wheel speed sensor, steering angle and yaw sensors. Adaptive headlights allow drivers to ‘see’ round corners, with headlamp beams focusing on where the car is travelling rather than where it is pointing.

Euro IV 3.0-litre Coupé arrives in 2004

The new BMW 320Cd is the first 3 Series Coupé in the UK to be powered by a diesel engine that is Euro IV compliant. It follows the international launch of the 330Cd this year, a model which arrives in UK showrooms in March 2004 - also sporting a Euro IV compliant power plant.

Free servicing and maintenance as standard

Buyers of the new 320Cd will benefit from the free servicing and maintenance applicable to all new diesel 3 Series models. Originally offered on all diesels purchased before the end of June, but recently extended for the foreseeable future, the package is valid for five years or 60,000 miles and includes:

As well as freedom from normal service and maintenance bills, owners will benefit from strong residual values as it is fully transferable to subsequent owners.

Sales performance - 2003

The Coupé body style is second only to the saloon variant in BMW’s best-selling 3 Series range. From January to May 2003 BMW sold 5,384 3 Series Coupé models, nearly 18 per cent of all 3 Series sales. A total of 8,002 diesel 3 Series were sold during the same period, 26.7 per cent of total 3 Series sales.

Published : 02/07/03 Author : Melanie Carter

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