BMW has added a new entry-level model to its 3-Series lineup and it has debuted it at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show. That’s right, the 320i returns yet again…
The new 320i brings back the tradition of Bimmer using the engine size in the model numerals, as the new entry-level model boasts a 2.0-liter four-banger. With BMW now excelling with advanced twin-scroll turbocharger technology, we expect this model to be a top performer in its class – both in speed and efficiency. The 320i will sit just below the current base model, the 328i, meaning we expect it to come in well below that models $36,850 base price.
As is typical for BMW, it can’t just offer up one base model and leave it at that, so it is also offering up a 320i xDrive model, which will feature BMW’s famed all-wheel-drive system. We also anticipate a slew of optional features and packages to come along for the ride, making the entry-level 3-Series even more desirable.
The real test is whether the 320i can stick around this time or if it will disappear yet again.
Hit the jump to read more about the 2013 BMW 320i Sedan.
Exterior and Interior
On both the exterior and interior, the new 320i will be offered with the usual 3-Series design elements. You will notice the slightly forward-slanting BMW kidney grille and the LED accent lights positioned like eyebrows above the striking twin headlights.
The sporty appearance of the 320i can be further accentuated with a new Sport Package that will add a set of 18-inch light-alloy wheels with summer tires and increased top speed limiter, sport seats, M sport suspension, M steering wheel and an anthracite headliner. If customers want to further customize their 320i, BMW is also offering four additional packages: Cold Weather Package, Premium Package, Driver Assistance Package, and Lighting Package.
Track width (front/rear)
60.3 inches / 61.9 inches
Weight Distribution (front/rear)
50 / 50
The new 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine delivers a total of 180 horsepower at 5,000 rpm and 200 pound-feet of torque from 1,250 rpm to 4,500 rpm. The car will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 7.1 seconds and will hit a top speed of 130 mph. The engine will mate to an incredibly flexible eight-speed automatic transmission or to a six-speed manual unit. For the 320i xDrive version, BMW is offering an intelligent all-wheel-drive system.
The base model will get a very respectable 22 mpg city and 34 mpg on the highway and the eight-speed model will get 22 mpg city and 33 mpg highway. The xDrive model will also turn in a high-for-an-AWD-model 22 mpg city and 33 mpg highway.
The model will also be equipped with Auto Start-Stop function, Brake Energy Regeneration and a Driving Dynamics Control switch, which allows the driver to choose between Comfort, Sport, and ECO PRO driving modes.
Engine Specifications :
180 @ 5,000
200 pound-feet @ 1,250 – 4,500
22 mpg city / 33 – 34 mpg highway
Acceleration (0-60 mph)
The model will go on sale in late-Spring 2013 at a price of $35,445 (including $895 Destination & Handling).
The new BMW 320i will target entry level models from the Mercedes C-Class and Audi A4 lineup. For example, the entry level A4 is being powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged with intercooler, DOHC in-line four-cylinder gasoline engine with an output of 211 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The extra power makes the A4 a little bit faster as it sprints from 0 to 60 mph in just 6.5 seconds, but top speed is also limited to 130 mph.
The C-Class is preparing to enter a new generation and Mercedes announced it will also be working on smaller engines that will improve fuel economy.
Can be further customized
Cheaper than other 3-Series models
Competition can be more powerful
Still a little pricey
BMW is almost playing down to the C250
With last year’s launch of the sixth-generation BMW 3 Series Sedan, the benchmark by which all sport sedans are measured was raised. Today, BMW opened the latest chapter in the 3 Series story as it announced the new 2013 BMW 320i Sedan for the US market. Constructed with the near-perfect 50:50 balance afforded by BMW rear-wheel drive and priced from $33,445 (including $895 Destination & Handling), the new BMW 320i packs a content-rich punch in the marketplace for premium compact sport sedans. Sporting a 180-horsepower TwinPower Turbo 4-cylinder engine, the new BMW 320i Sedan goes on sale in late-Spring 2013. Along with the new 320i Sedan, the BMW 320i xDrive Sedan featuring BMW’s intelligent all-wheel drive system will also be available from $35,445 (including $895 Destination & Handling). The broad palette of standard equipment includes Bluetooth smartphone integration and BMW’s Auto Start-Stop function.
Owners will appreciate the incredibly flexible 8-speed automatic transmission, while drivers seeking maximum involvement may opt for a traditional 6-speed manual on the non-xDrive 320i. 17-inch BMW light alloy wheels are standard on the 320i and 320i xDrive, with two different styles of 18-inch light alloy wheels available in combination with Sport Package.
The engine of the new BMW 320i Sedan is BMW’s award-winning 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo 4-cylinder engine, rated in the 320i at 180 horsepower at 5,000 rpm and 200 lb-ft of torque from 1,250 rpm - 4,500 rpm. 0-60 mph acceleration for the 320i Sedan is estimated to require only 7.1 seconds with either transmission choice. Top speed is an electronically-limited 130 mph. The class-leading fuel efficiency of the BMW 328i Sedan is expected to be sustained by the new 320i Sedan, meaning preliminary estimates for the 320i with 6-speed manual transmission are 22 City / 34 Highway, while 23 City / 33 Highway are estimated for the 320i equipped with 8-speed automatic. The 320i xDrive model is expected to achieve 22 City / 33 Highway (Note: all estimates are preliminary at publication).
Most of BMW’s leading ConnectedDrive elements and vehicle versatility options from the BMW 328i and 335i siblings will be available on the new 320i. These include the aforementioned 8-speed automatic transmission plus BMW Assist telematics services, BMW Apps, heated front and rear seats, heated steering wheel, rear-view camera, xenon adaptive headlights, moonroof, split-folding rear seat, and BMW’s Navigation system.
Befitting The Ultimate Driving Machine, a Sport Package is available for both the 320i and 320i xDrive. For the 320i the package includes 18-inch light-alloy wheels with summer tires and increased top speed limiter, sport seats, M sport suspension, M steering wheel and anthracite headliner. All-season tires with 130 mph speed limiter may be specified in place of the performance tires. For the 320i xDrive the Sport Package includes 18-inch light-alloy wheels with all-season tires, sport seats, M steering wheel, and anthracite headliner. Summer tires with increased top speed limiter can be ordered in place of the all-season tires.
Several other equipment packages are also available for the 320i Sedan, including Cold Weather Package, Premium Package, Driver Assistance Package, and Lighting Package. The full complement of exterior colors from the 328i Sedan is available, with exception of Estoril Blue Metallic which requires M Sport Line (unavailable on 320i). 320i buyers will also enjoy a choice of standard Leatherette or optional Dakota Leather upholstery, both in a choice of Venetian Beige or Black.
BMW’s innovative 8-speed automatic gearbox – which was a first in the segment when introduced last year on the 328i and 335i Sedans – opens up a whole new level of driving experience. Compact and exceptionally efficient, it allows the new BMW 320i to match or outperform models fitted with the standard six-speed manual gearbox in terms of fuel efficiency (actual results vary depending on drive cycle). The new 8-speed automatic brings together shift comfort, dynamic performance and efficiency of the highest order, making it the perfect partner for the new 320i sedan’s dynamic potential.
As components of the BMW EfficientDynamics technology line-up, the
Auto Start-Stop function, Brake Energy Regeneration, and need-based operation of ancillary components (including an on-demand air conditioning compressor) also play their part in reducing fuel consumption. Added to which, the Driving Dynamics Control switch, which allows the driver to choose between Comfort, Sport, and ECO PRO mode, gives both models the potential to further improve these figures. ECO PRO mode helps drivers maximize fuel economy through their driving style, thereby enabling them to increase the distance they can travel between visits to the pumps.