The German based automaker BMW has recently announced that the new 3-Series generation will gain new engines and an all-wheel drive system.
After it was officially presented to the public in late 2011, the new generation of the BMW 3-Series, codenamed the F30, is finally here, and in order to get just above its classic rivals from Audi or Mercedes-Benz, with the A4 and C-Class, the model will be packing some new engines pretty soon, combined with an all-wheel drive system, which will replace that iconic rear-wheel drive.
According to the car manufacturer, first up there will come the new 320i, with its 2.0 liter four-cylinder petrol engine, to generate a total output of 181 horsepower and 270 Nm (199 lb-ft), while burning an average of 5.9 L/100 km and accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.3 seconds. Next two new diesel versions, both of them with the 2.0 liter four-cylinder engine, the 318d and the 316d, will be offering 141 HP and 320 Nm of torque (236 lb-ft) in the first one, while in the other 114 HP and 260 Nm (192 lb-ft) of torque.
BMW says that the 318d will be able to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 9.1 seconds before hitting a top speed of 210 km/h (130 mph), while returning an average of 4.5 L/100 km and emitting 117 g/km of CO2. The 316d will accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 10.9 seconds, with a top speed of 202 km/h (126 mph). Average fuel consumption will be just 4.4 L/100 km with CO2 emissions as low as 115 g/km.
Last but not least, the new all-wheel drive system which will replace the classic rear-wheel drive on the BMW 3-Series F30 will come as the xDrive, and this will be fitted onto the 320d, 320i, 328i and 335i. The BMW 320d xDrive will be launched in July and the other vehicles will follow the model shortly. There’s no word on the price list yet.