BMW Group Malaysia has introduced the 6th-generation BMW 3 Series that comes with new eye-catching looks, accompanied with even more powerful and efficient new drivetrains, further optimized chassis and suspension, new interior enhancements, and a new comprehensive BMW ConnectedDrive technologies.
The BMW 3 Series can be instantly recognized thanks to its distinctively sculpted long bonnet, short front and rear overhangs, long wheelbase and set-back passenger compartment. Each harmoniously integrated to create a dynamic proportions that are as much a hallmark of BMW as ideal 50:50 weight distribution.
The sporty-elegant exterior of the new BMW 3 Series begins with newly redesigned headlights which dominates the front to provide an even more vivid visual representation of the car’s flair. LED indicators are now positioned as “eyebrows” above the all-LED headlights, featured as a standard and are integrated in a noticeably more horizontal form. The shape of the LED daytime running lights on each side meanwhile further highlight the hallmark BMW twin headlight arrangement and create a stylistic link between the headlight units and the BMW kidney grille. Below the headlights sit the LED fog lights, a standard feature for the new BMW 320i M Sport, BMW 320d M Sport and BMW 330i M Sport variants.
The flanks of the new BMW 3 Series meanwhile continue to exude the strong visual presence of the car. The front apron receives broader side air intakes lending an even stronger stylistic presence. Moving to the rear, the newly redesigned rear lights are also full-LED units, arranged in distinctive BMW “L” shape and is now more heavily curved. The two LED indicators form a horizontal band of light across both sections of the rear lights and provide extremely even and consistent light.
The sporting appearance of the new BMW 3 Series is further complemented by twin tailpipes, while the BMW 318i receives a single tailpipe. The new BMW 3 Series also arrives with a new range of wheels: the BMW 318i Luxury Line with 17-inch light alloy Multi-spoke wheels, the BMW 320i Sport Line with 17-inch light alloy Multi-spoke V wheels, the BMW 320i M Sport and BMW 320d M Sport with 18-inch M light alloy Star-spoke wheels, and 18-inch M light alloy Double-spoke wheels for the BMW 330i M Sport.
In terms of powertrain, the new BMW 318i will be the first BMW 3 Series model variant to be introduced with the Engine of the Year 2015 award winning 3-cylinder petrol engine. The BMW TwinPower Turbo 1.5-litre 3-cylinder petrol engine delivers a maximum output of 136 hp and 220 Nm of torque which allows it to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 8.9 seconds. The combined fuel consumption of the all-new BMW 318i stands at 5.1 litres per 100 km with C02 emissions of 119 g/km.
The arrival of the new BMW 3 Series also marks the world premiere of the new 2.0-litre 4-cylinder petrol engine, equipped in both the new BMW 320i and the all-new BMW 330i. The 320i generates an output of 184hp and 290Nm of torque, while the BMW 330i churns out 252hp and 350Nm of torque. As a result, the BMW 320i accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.2 seconds while the BMW 330i takes only 5.8 seconds from a standstill to 100 km/h.
The average fuel consumption reading of the BMW 320i and BMW 330i stands at 5.58 litres per 100 km and at 6.1 litres per 100 km respectively. C02 emissions level meanwhile is at 128 g/km from the BMW 320i and 143 g/km from the BMW 330i.
Last but not least, the new BMW 320d features a 4-cylinder diesel engine which delivers maximum driving pleasure at an output of 190hp and a stonking 400Nm of torque. It also boasts impressive acceleration power of 7.2 seconds from 0 to 100 km/h and has a fuel consumption reading of 4.0 litres per 100 km while C02 emissions stand at 106 g/km.
In terms of driving dynamics, the new BMW 3 Series now comes with a stiffer suspension thanks to fine-tuning of the damping system. This results in an especially precise steering system with even more sensitive road feedback. The improved overall harmonisation of all chassis variants also provide an even more dynamic driving experience and improved cornering behaviour while maintaining the same unparalleled ride comfort.
The sporting credentials of the new BMW 3 Series can be further accentuated with the M Sport suspension available for the new BMW 320i M Sport and BMW 320d M Sport, while the Adaptive M Suspension is made available for the all-new BMW 330i M Sport.
The new BMW 3 Series comes with a smorgasbord of tech and gizmos to make sure its occupants stay connected and entertained when on the road. For instance, the latest-generation Navigation System Professional for the new BMW 320d and the BMW 330i M Sport boasts quicker start-up, even faster route calculation along with more realistic 3D visualisation in urban areas. A full-colour, high-resolution Head-Up Display is also available as a standard feature in the BMW 330i where all relevant information such as speed, navigation instructions, speed limits, and more appears here in an optimum position in the driver’s field of vision.
Intelligent Emergency Call, another standard feature in the new BMW 3 Series, ensures maximum safety on the road. If the airbags are triggered in an accident, this system uses the built-in SIM card to automatically transmit the severity of the accident, the potential risk of injury to the occupants and the vehicle’s location to the BMW Call Centre. This information is then used to arrange the best possible emergency response while the Call Centre stays in contact with the occupants if desired. The manual emergency call function also allows rapid help to be summoned for other road users in emergency situations.
Additional Services & Apps offered in the new BMW 3 Series include BMW Online Office which uses the on-board SIM card to enable the reading, writing and sending of emails from within the vehicle. The portfolio of apps and services from BMW ConnectedDrive also include smartphone apps such as Audible, Deezer, GoPro and Spotify.
The new 3 Series are offered in 4 variants namely the BMW 318i, the BMW 320i, the BMW 320d and as well as the BMW 330i, which comes equipped with the extra-dynamic Sport Line, exclusive and elegant Luxury Line or the extremely athletic M Sport Package.
The retail price on the road, without insurance with BMW Malaysia’s latest 5 Years Unlimited Mileage Warranty and Free Scheduled Service Program of the New BMW 3 Series are:
- BMW 318i Luxury Line – RM 208, 800.00
- BMW 320i Sport Line – RM 238, 800.00
- BMW 320i M Sport – RM 258, 800.00
- BMW 320d M Sport – RM 268, 800.00
- BMW 330i M Sport – RM 308, 800.00