BMW has introduced the facelifted version of the 3-Series, putting an end to rumors.
After being caught on camera several times until now by spy photographers from across the continent and then leaking on the web jus a day ago, the 2016 BMW 3-Series is finally here, officially, as the carmaker has introduced it. The model in question is nothing more than a midlife cycle facelift which is coming with some tiny tweaks, basically undetectable if one is not a BMW fan. The exterior design of the car is getting the updated front aprons with ne air intakes, slightly revised headlights with optional LED technology, a revised apron at the rear, LED taillights, fresh wheel designs and a wide range of paints.
The cabin of the 2016 BMW 3-Series is now getting new materials, along with chrome accents for the central control panel and air vents, the new sliding cover for the cup holders, the revised Navigation Professional system which is faster and has more realistic maps, a full color head-up display and several other tweaks. The carmaker says that the updated 3-Series is the first vehicle in the segment to benefit from LTE and the car has also received the Auto PDC system which is turning on the front parking sensors when necessary, along with the revised Parking Assistant.
As far as the engine lineup goes, customers will get the petrol burners ranging between 136 HP (100 kW) and 326 HP (240 kW), along with diesel units producing between 116 HP (85 kW) and 313 HP (230 kW). The 320i is now getting the new 2.0L unit with 184 HP (134 kW) & 290 Nm (214 lb-ft), the 330i is replacing the 228i the unit is rated at 252 HP (185 kW) & 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) and there is a new 3.0L 6-cylinder unit in the 340i, which is replacing the 335i, producing 326 HP (240 kW) & 450 Nm (332 lb-ft). This is connected to the 8-speed automatic and it is capable of reaching 100 km/h in 5.1s and a top speed limited to 250 km/h.
Another modification is the 6 HP added to the popular 320d version which is now capable of producing 190 HP (140 kW). The carmaker has added the 330e plug-in hybrid model, rated at 252 HP (185 kW) And 420 Nm (310 lb-ft). This can reach 100 km/h (62 mph) from a standstill in 6.3 seconds and it has a top speed of 225 km/h (140 mph). The average fuel consumption stands at 2.1L / 100km (134.5 mpg UK / 112 mpg US), with CO2 emissions standing in at 49 g/km. The entry-level unit is the 318i, coming with a 1.5l 3-cylinder turbo engine, rated at 136 HP (110 kW) & 220 Nm (162 lb-ft) of torque. It needs 8.9s to reach 100 km/h and it can go up to 210 km/h (130 mph). The xDrive AWD is available for the 320i, 330i, 340i, 318d, 320d and 330d. The model will go on sale in the second half of 2015.