DETROIT LIVE: BMW introduces entry-level 320i in the U.S., starts from $33,445 image

BMW is displaying at the 2013 Detroit motor show the new entry-level 320i model that will join the 3 Series U.S. lineup this spring.

Priced an $33,445 including $895 for destination, the 320i is $3,405 cheaper than the current starting price of the 328i, BMW’s current entry-level 3 Series model in the United States. The U.S.-spec BMW 320i features a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that develops 180 horsepower and 200 lb-ft (271 Nm) of torque.

Compared with the 240-hp 328i, the 320i is slower to 60 mph, at 7.1 seconds, but has the same 130 mph (209 km/h) top speed as the 328i. When equipped with the eight-speed automatic transmission, the 320i returns 23 mpg (10.2 liters/100 km) city and 33 mpg (7.13 liters/100 km) highway, the same as the 328i. There’s also a 6-speed manual transmission available.

The 320i will be available with the usual 3 Series optional extras, including xDrive all-wheel drive system, BMW Assist and several packages including Sport pack and Premium pack.

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