The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety today named the all-new 2012 BMW 3 Series Sedan a “Top Safety Pick”.
TOP SAFETY PICK only applies to the redesigned 4-door version of the 3 series.
To measure roof strength, a metal plate is pushed against one corner of a vehicle’s roof at a constant speed. The maximum force sustained by the roof before 5 inches of crush is compared to the vehicle’s weight to find the strength-to-weight ratio.
This is a good assessment of occupant protection in rollovers.
In addition to Dynamic Stability Control, ABS brakes, Bluetooth mobile phone integration, front and side airbags and head protection airbags, the new 3 Series sedan makes available features previously introduced on higher-end models. These include a full-color Head-up Display, Lane Departure Warning, Rearview Camera with Top-View and Blind-Spot Warning.
In addition, from July xDrive will become available in the U.S for the F30 328i and 335i.
Also, the German automaker has just unveiled the new 3 Series Sport Wagon.
As for powertrains, the base 2013 3 Series wagon for the U.S. should be available with BMW’s turbocharged 2.0-liter four that outputs 240 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque in the sedan. The much lauded N55 3.0-liter turbo-six with 300 horsepower and 300 lb-ft in the 335i sedan should also power wagon version.
BMW of North America has placed the base MSRP for the four-cylinder 328i at $35,795, and the six-cylinder 335i at $43,295 – inclusive of destination charges(*). While these prices represent a $320 and $370 respective increase over the models they replace, BMW is adamant that the jump is worth it.