The only premium compact wagon you can buy in the U.S.

BMW has updated it’s quintessential 3 Series line, and with it, the 3 Series Wagon. Included in this refresh are minor updates to the exterior and interior, lots of technology for convenience, safety, and economy, and a significantly revised suspension that promises an even higher level of sporting luxury. BMW says the 3 Series Sedan and Sports Wagon are the “heart” of the brand, accounting for roughly a quarter of its sales worldwide. That makes this latest revitalization essential to the automaker’s overarching strategy. That also means the new updates aren’t necessarily game changing, but rather seek to build on past success with an even broader appeal.

The German automaker introduced the 3 Series in 1975, but it took 11 years before a wagon version was offered, with the 3 Series Touring first making its appearance four years into the sedan’s second generation in 1986. Since then, BMW has offered a wagon body style with each successive 3 Series generation. How does BMW plan on keeping this mainstay fresh? Read on to find out.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2016 BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon.

  • 2016 BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon
  • Year:
    2016
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    inline-4
  • Transmission:
    6-speed manual
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    180 @ 5000
  • Torque @ RPM:
    280 @ 1350
  • Displacement:
    2.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    7.3 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    146 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    42000 (Est.)
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  • Overall:
    8.5/10

Exterior

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The new 3 Series wagon receives exterior styling updates in line with those seen on the sedan

The new 3 Series wagon receives exterior styling updates in line with those seen on the sedan. The headlights have been revised slightly, moved further apart to accentuate the car’s width, and now come with available LED running lights to complement the standard halogen bulbs. There’s also the option for an efficient, full LED outfit. The LEDs are available with an adaptive system that automatically switches between low and high beams, widening the area of illumination in front for enhanced visibility and improved safety.

The lower bumper has also been updated, with chrome accents that stretch from the fog lamps towards the center of the car. There are broader side air intakes that are designed to make the car look even wider. The iconic kidney grille has also been updated, and hides a radar sensor used for the Active Cruise Control (ACC).

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Like the headlights, the taillights also sport full-LED illumination

Like the headlights, the taillights also sport full-LED illumination, with light bars that are arranged in a curved “L” shape design. There are two-piece LED turn signals in a horizontal band across both of the taillight sections, stretching between the rear quarter panel and tailgate. The bumper offers more of the hard, sculpted lines seen in front, once again visually increasing the car’s width. Peaking out from under the bumper on the driver’s side is a twin-pipe exhaust.

The extended hood line and long wheelbase enhance the car’s profile, giving the wagon a stretched-out look that complements the protracted roofline when viewed from the side. All told, it’s a sportier design, albeit not terribly altered over the previous model.

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Rollers include freshly redesigned 17-inchers, with 18-inch wheels available as an option

Rollers include freshly redesigned 17-inchers, with 18-inch wheels available as an option. Features from the previously optional Sport Line are now standard, and include high-gloss exterior trim (including in the black kidney grille), black B-pillars, and high-gloss black elements in the rear bumper. The tailpipe trim is finished in black chrome, while there’s high-gloss black surrounds and brushed metal supportive elements for the air intakes.

The new 3 Series offers customers a total of 12 different paint options, with new additions including Mediterranean Blue metallic, Platinum Silver metallic, and Jatoba Brown metallic. The Estoril Blue metallic color option is reserved for those vehicles equipped with BMW’s M Sport package.

Exterior Dimensions

Length 4,633 MM (182.40 Inches)
Width 1,811 MM (71.29 Inches)
Height 1,429 MM (56.25 Inches)
Wheelbase 2,810 MM (110.62 Inches)
Track, front/rear 1,543/1,583 MM (60.74/62.32 Inches)
Ground clearance 140 (5.51 Inches)

Interior

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When it comes to the cabin space, BMW prides itself on offering high-quality materials and excellent ergonomics

When it comes to the cabin space, BMW prides itself on offering high-quality materials and excellent ergonomics in a driver-focused layout, which is a philosophy continued for 2016. For the new 3 Series wagon, the Bavarians updated the interior with new trim and highlights, including chrome and high-gloss surfaces. The central console is now finished in high-gloss black and features updated ambient lighting to complement the additional chrome pieces.

Chrome can also be found in the updated controls for the electric seat adjustment and electric windows, as well as in the air vents. The trim finishers in the instrument panel have now been extended to each of the four doors. Additional storage for small items can be found just forward of the cup holders in the center console, with a sliding cover hiding the cup holder when it’s not needed.

The Sport Line interior package also makes its return as a standard addition, offering an enhanced feeling of performance. Upgrades include a sport instrument cluster, an anthracite headliner, and well-bolstered Sports Seats.

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Along with all the nice materials, BMW is also throwing a slew of technology updates

There’s also the Luxury Line package, which reappears with additional options for upholstery, a leather-wrapped multi-function steering wheel, aluminum, wood and walnut trim, and several exterior upgrades. The Saddle Brown Dakota Leather with dark brown highlights upholstery option is no longer a Luxury package-exclusive item.

Along with all the nice materials, BMW is also throwing a slew of technology updates at the new 3 Series wagon to enhance safety, comfort and infotainment. This starts with the optional latest-generation BMW Navigation System, which promises a quicker boot-up time, faster route calculation, and realistic 3D city visualization. The nav maps are updated free of charge for three years via embedded SIM cards connected with LTE technology. The LTE is also connected to the USB interface, Bluetooth and smartphone integration systems. BMW says “This greatly improves network coverage and data transmission speeds, especially in rural areas.”

BMW’s ConnectedDrive Services come standard. These utilize the LTE connectivity and built-in vehicle SIM card for things like an available Concierge Service, which enables drivers to select points of interest, such as pharmacies, restaurants or hotels, to make a reservation if desired. The system then sends data to the nav system for on-demand driving instructions, as well as offers contact information if required.

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Safety is improved thanks to BMW’s Assist eCall (Enhanced Automatic Collision Notification) system

Safety is improved thanks to BMW’s Assist eCall (Enhanced Automatic Collision Notification) system. In the event of airbag deployment, Assist eCall will use the SIM card to automatically ping BMW’s Assist Response Center with the severity of the accident and the vehicle’s location, which will then “generate the best possible emergency response.”

One cool piece of tech is the full-color HD heads-up display, which is an option on the new 3 Series wagon. Information like speed and navigation instructions is projected into the driver’s field of vision for easy reading without the driver taking his or her eyes off the road. This system also passes on safety information from the Driving Assistant System, such as posted speed limit, no passing zone information, Forward Collision Warning (which comes with City Collision Mitigation), Pedestrian Warning, and Lane Departure Warning. Smartphone and media operation info are also displayed via the HUD.

For convenience’s sake, there is BMW’s Parking Assistant, designed for easier parallel parking. When traveling at speeds under 22 mph, ultrasonic sensors are used to measure the size of potential parking spots, with information being sent to the central information display. When Parking Assistant is activated, the car will automatically steer itself into the given space, with the driver merely asked to control the throttle, brake, and forward/reverse gear selection. There’s also an Auto PDC (Park Distance Control) function that displays the remaining distance to an object in front of the vehicle. The PDC is deactivated when stop-and-go traffic is detected.

Drivetrain

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Like the previous year, the new BMW 3 Series wagon lineup is available in two different models in the United States

Like the previous year, the new BMW 3 Series wagon lineup is available in two different models in the United States. However, made BMW a few changes to their drivetrains, especially the gasoline version, which is now called the 330i instead of the 328i. The new nameplate also brings a revised engine. Although it’s still a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder, the unit is more powerful than its predecessor, being rated at 248 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. That’s an extra seven horses and 20 pound-feet compared to the outgoing 328i.

Fitted with xDrive all-wheel-drive as standard, this model hits 60 mph in 5.7 seconds, while top speed is electronically limited at the usual 155 mph.

Moving over to the diesel Sports Wagon, the 328d model remained unchanged, using a 2.0-liter four-banger rated at 181 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of twist (identical to the European-spec 320d model). This version is obviously slower to 60 mph, needing 7.6 clicks to reach the benchmark.

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Transmissions include a six-speed manual as a no-cost option for the 328i

Transmissions include a six-speed manual as a no-cost option for the 328i. The eight-speed Steptronic automatic (standard on both the diesel and gasoline model) now offers a wider gear ratio and reduced torque converter slip during shifts, which helps to enhance efficiency. BMW also says there’s “improved damping of engine irregularities” for smoother gear changes. Both are lightweight for even better fuel economy.

Per usual, the autobox comes with a variety of driving modes, including Sport+ for maximum rpms and multiple sequential down shifts. There’s also Eco Pro mode, wherein the engine decouples from the transmission when the driver lifts the throttle at higher speeds, such as on a downgrade on the highway. This allows the engine to idle without causing engine braking, saving fuel. Gear changes come courtesy of steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

In Europe, where it’s called the 3 Series Touring, the wagon is available with more engine options. The gasoline lineup also includes the 318i, which comes with 134 horsepower and 162 pound-feet, and the 320i, which benefits from 181 horses and 199 pound-feet. The 330i is also available in Europe, but it’s rated at 248 horses and 258 pound-feet, so it’s a bit less potent than the U.S. version. However, the 340i makes up for that through its 3.0-liter inline-six that produces 322 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of twist.

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BMW says the retuned suspension “improves both transverse and longitudinal dynamics under all load conditions

Moving over to diesels, the 316d carries over with a revised engine, now rated at 114 horsepower and 199 pound-feet. The same goes for the 318d, which gets a more powerful version of the same unit, rated at 148 horses and 236 pound-feet. Next up is the 320d, rated at 188 horsepower and 295 pound-feet, while the 320d EfficientDynamics version is a bit less powerful at 161 horses and 300 pound-feet. Two six-cylinder versions are available, the 330d and 335d. The former comes with 255 horsepower and 413 pound-feet on tap, while the latter sits at the top of the range with a solid 313 horsepower and 465 pound-feet.

The Bavarians are often cited for imbuing their vehicles with lively handling characteristics, and this trait has been enhanced with an assortment of chassis updates, including “further developed damper technology and optimized suspension.” There is new geometry offered by updated front struts, now sporting five bolt upper anchor points rather than the previous model’s three. The electric steering has been redesigned as well, while the rear has new damper technology. The Dynamic Stability Control also sees an update.

BMW says the retuned suspension “improves both transverse and longitudinal dynamics under all load conditions. This is expressed in reduced roll, improved directional stability and higher level of steering precision.”

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There’s also a new Track Handling Package, which is only available for gasoline models

For anyone interested in additional performance, there are a slew of suspension options. These include the M Sport line suspension and Adaptive M suspension. The Adaptive M package offers electronically controlled dampers that monitor things like lateral and longitudinal acceleration, road speed and steering angle for optimal driving characteristics in the corners.

There’s also a new Track Handling Package, which is only available for gasoline models. This includes Variable Sport Steering, the Adaptive M Suspension pieces, and M Sport Brakes consisting of Euro-spec pads and blue-colored calipers. The package also throws on lightweight 18-inch alloy wheels finished in Orbit Grey and wrapped in Michelin Super Sport Tires.

For those more interested in saving fuel rather than burning it, there are a variety of features designed for improved economy, such as Auto Start-Stop and on-demand operation of auxiliary functions. When appropriate, the “intelligent energy management” will automatically adjust the operating condition of things like the coolant pump, oil pump, electromechanical power steering, and air conditioning to reduce parasitic loss applied to the engine.

For models fitted with the eight-speed auto transmission, there’s a Proactive Driving Assistant that utilizes navigation info to “work out in advance where the driver will have to slow down on the upcoming route,” thus tweaking the powertrain settings for better efficiency. It also alerts the driver with driving recommendations if desired.

Drivetrain Specifications

Model 328i 328d
Config/No of cyls/valves In-line/4/4 In-line/4/4
Effective capacity cc 1,998 1,998
Max output 248 HP @ 5200-6500 RPM 181 HP
Max torque 280 LB-FT @ 1450–4800 RPM 280 LB-FT
Type of transmission 6-speed manual (optional: 8-speed Steptronic) 6-speed manual (optional: 8-speed Steptronic)
Acceleration 0–60 MPH 5.7 seconds 7.6 seconds
Top speed 250 KM/H (155 MPH) TBA

Additional Packages

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BMW offers an enhanced Premium package that includes Comfort Access (essentially an advanced keyless entry system), LED headlights, Lumbar Support, a moonroof, and Sirius Satellite radio with a no-cost one-year subscription. The M Sport Package adds new styling and aggressive lines for the exterior with an M Aerodynamics Package, plus a leather-wrapped M steering wheel in the cabin, and M Sport suspension in the corners.

Prices

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Pricing for the 3 Series Sports Wagon starts from $44,450. For this amount, you get the 330i xDrive model. Opt for the diesel-powered 328d xDrive version and the sticker increases to $45,950. If you want the M Sport Design package, the 330i starts from $48,400, while the 328d comes in at $49,000.

Competition

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Wagon

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Unveiled in 2014, a year after the 3 Series Sports Wagon, the latest C-Class Wagon joins a long line of highly popular grocery getters wearing the three-pointed star. Classy yet sporty on the outside and luxurious on the inside, the current C-Class Wagon is particularly appealing due to its S-Class-inspired design. The interior is equally exciting. Also based on the larger S-Class, it brings together sporty and elegant design features and loads of luxury appointments, including acres of leather and wood veneer. The engine lineup is just as diverse as the 3 Series Sports Wagon, with options ranging from the 154 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of the base C180 to the 362 horses and 384 pound-feet of the C450 AMG. And unlike BMW, Mercedes also offers a plug-in hybrid version, the C350, rated at 275 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of twist. Diesel models range from the C220 BlueTEC with 168 horsepower and 295 pound-feet to the C300 BlueTEC Hybrid with 228 horses and 369 pound-feet. Unfortunately, the C-Class Wagon isn’t offered in the United States, where only the four-door sedan version is available. German pricing starts from €33,534, which converts to around $39,260 as of October 2017.

Read our full review of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Wagon.

Audi A4 Avant

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Introduced for the 2016 model year, the A4 Avant is a much newer wagon. And it’s sportier too thanks to Audi’s recent design language with more angular lines. The interior is also as fresh as it gets with the classy air-vent strip that stretches across the dashboard, upgraded materials, and many new options. Under the hood, you can have four engines besides the performance rated S4 and RS4. The base 1.4-liter unit generates 150 horsepower and 184 pound-feet, while the 2.0-liter four-pot is available with either 190 horses and 236 pound-feet or 252 horsepower and 273 pound-feet. The range-topping model uses a 3.0-liter V-6 that generates 354 horsepower and 369 pound-feet. The diesel lineup includes various versions of the company’s 2.0-liter and 3.0-liter mills. There’s a 2.0 TDI with 120 horsepower and 199 pound-feet at the bottom and a 3.0 TDI V-6 with 272 horses and 443 pound-feet at the top of the range. The bad news is that much like the C-Class Wagon, the A4 Avant isn’t available in the U.S. However, you can buy the A4 Allroad, an Avant with SUV features and higher ground clearance. This model is available with a turbo, 2.0-liter four-cylinder that cranks out 252 horsepower and 273 pound-feet and is priced from $44,500. In Germany, the standard A4 Avant retails from €33,700.

Read our full story of the 2016 Audi A4 Avant.

Volvo V60

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The Volvo V60 might not be as luxurious as the 3 Series Sports Wagon, not to mention that it’s already seven years old as of 2017, but you can at least buy it in the United States. And while the exterior may feel dated compared to newer Volvo vehicles, the interior still has what it takes to give the Germans a run for its money, with highlights such as the leather steering wheel, illuminated gearshift knob, heated front seats, milled aluminum inlays, and a Harman Kardon audio system among others. The good news is that you can choose from three different drivetrains. The base model, the T5, uses a 2.0-liter four-cylinder rated at 240 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. This version is available in both RWD and AWD variants. Next up is T6 AWD R-Design, which uses a more powerful four-pot that cranks out 302 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of twist. Finally, there’s the Polestar version, which comes with 362 and 347 pound-feet of torque on tap. Pricing starts from $38,250, significantly less than the 3 Series Sports Wagon, but the range-topping Polestar model fetches a whopping $61,600 before options.

Read our full review of the Volvo V60.

Conclusion

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When it comes to competition, the 3 Series Wagon enjoys very few challengers. It combines sporty luxury with premium brand recognition, plus lots of practical utility and car-like driving characteristics. The engine options are solid, while the options list should entertain most looking to add uniqueness to their wagon.

There are a few problems, though. First is performance. With only two engine options, anyone with a penchant for go-faster bits will be left out in the cold. The new suspension revisions and available M Sport upgrades are quite nice, but when it comes to muscle, the 3 Series wagon isn’t where most would turn.

Second is price. This Bimmer is rather costly right out of the box, and as soon as you start thinking about options, the bottom line will quickly expand. A $55,000 outlay is certainly not out of the question.

Still, if you’re looking for a premium grocery getter, this is probably what you’ll end up with. The diesel engine should be decently efficient, and there’s lots of tech to play with, while all that luxury will surely coddle your backside. The ability to corner with some modicum of velocity is just a bonus.

  • Leave it
    • Few engine options
    • Expensive price tag
    • Somewhat outdated styling

Press Release

BMW announces the latest enhancement to its brand shaping 3 Series with the introduction of the new BMW 3 Series. Accounting for around 25 percent of total BMW worldwide vehicle sales, the BMW 3 Series Sedan and Sports Wagon represent the brand’s most successful model line with over 14 million sales globally. For the 2016 model year, the new 3 Series receives a range of enhancements highlighting dynamics, supporting the vehicle’s true emotional commitment to the brand and its customers. The introduction of the BMW 340i, marks the world premier of an all new inline 6-cylinder gasoline engine, producing 320 hp with 330 lb-ft of torque. This new modular BMW EfficientDynamics engine features BMW TwinPower Turbo Technology, combining unbeatable performance with outstanding efficiency.

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The new BMW 3 Series chassis has been significantly improved encompassing new front struts, new rear damper technology and redesigned electric power steering to enhance overall vehicle dynamics. The BMW 3 Series Sedan and BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon feature a sharper design and a sportier front, supported by the newly designed headlights with optional full-LED headlights (standard on 340i models). The rear view also cuts an even more dynamic figure thanks to its LED tail lights and sculptural, clearly defined lines.

The original sports sedan enhanced.
Since 1975 the BMW 3 Series has furnished regular evidence of its dynamic ability. Whether in comparison tests, on the race track or in everyday use, it has traditionally set the benchmark in the sporting compact segment. Introduced to complement classical rear-wheel drive in the model line-up, BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive has also underlined this commitment. The new BMW 3 Series Sedan and new BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon embody excellent efficiency in its class. The cars’ dynamic talents are reflected in their looks, which impress with their precision, tautness and elegance.

The 3 Series – the heart of the BMW brand.
In 1975 BMW opened the first chapter in a success story destined to endure for decades as the first generation of the BMW 3 Series rolled off the Milbertshofen assembly line on May 2, 1975. Internally known by its development code E21, this first 3 Series arrived to North America in 1976 as a 1977 model, with the only available model being the 320i boasting a 2.0 liter 4-cylinder 110 hp engine. Sales of the compact-size model reached almost 1.4 million units worldwide by 1983. Its successor, the E30, brought with it 4 and 6 cylinder gasoline engines as well as the introduction of a convertible as well as the four-door model in the US market. All-wheel drive was also made available in the US on the 325ix in 1988 and provided the second generation of the BMW 3 Series with the platform to expand its global potential between 1983 and 1993. Next up was the E36, available in the US from 1991 – 1999. Its increased proportions allowed more passenger room while its perfect 50/50 weight distribution provided unrivaled vehicle handling. A new 3.0 liter DOHC 24 valve 6-cylinder engine with an aluminum head brought the output to 189 hp. The E46 generation, available in the US from 1998 – 2006, managed to increase performance and its 2.8 liter 6-cylinder engines featured an aluminum block producing 193 hp. In 2000 the 3 Series expanded its line-up introducing coupes, convertibles and, for the first time in the US, Sports Wagons. In 2006 the fifth-generation BMW 3 Series arrived in the shape of the E90, with efficiency and dynamics once again noticeably enhanced. Initially available in sedan and Sports Wagon form, the coupe and convertible followed shortly after. In traditional BMW fashion, a 3.0 liter inline 6-cylinder engine was rated at an impressive 255 hp. The TwinPower Turbo technology was introduced in the 335i. In 2011, BMW introduced the current 3 Series which was equipped with the latest 4 and 6-cylinder TwinPower Turbo engines.

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Powertrain and chassis.

Raising the benchmark –sportier and more efficient.
The BMW 3 Series has represented the core of the Ultimate Driving Machine for the past 40 years. Now, the new BMW 3 Series Sedan and the new BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon are raising the bar yet again. The engine range is comprised of gasoline engines with output from 180-320 hp and a diesel engine with 180 hp and an impressive 280 lb-ft. The new modular BMW EfficientDynamics inline 6-cylinder engine in the 340i is equipped with the latest BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, which combines exceptional performance with excellent fuel efficiency.

This new BMW EfficientDynamics modular engine will share a common design blueprint, with 3, 4 and 6-cylinder inline cylinder arrangements, a displacement per cylinder of 500 cc and very lightweight, thermally optimized all-aluminum construction. The crankcase is very rigid due to its closed-deck design – which means that the cylinder water jacket is closed at the top – while thermally joined, high-strength cylinder liners with twin-wire, arc-sprayed coating save weight, allow greater thermal transfer due to the thinner cylinder wall thickness and reduce internal friction.

The new BMW 340i Sedan inline 6-cylinder gasoline engine.
The BMW 340i is the first model in the BMW line-up to be powered by the all-new inline 6-cylinder engine (B58) from the new modular BMW EfficientDynamics engine family. The lightweight and rigid all-aluminum unit with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology provides a perfect blend of superb performance and outstanding efficiency. This new 3.0 liter engine powering the 340i replaces the N55 powered 335i and tops the 3 Series gasoline line-up. It produced a maximum power of 320 hp between 5,500 and 6,500 rpm, a 20 hp improvements over the previous model. Peak torque is an impressive 330 lb-ft, which is available from 1,380 rpm. The new BMW 340i Sedan equipped with the 8-speed Steptronic transmission accelerates from 0-60 mph in just 4.8 seconds while the BMW 340i xDrive model takes just 4.6 seconds. All 340i models are governed to a top speed of 155 mph.
The new EfficientDynamics 6-cylinder engine is equipped with the latest generation of BMW’s innovative TwinPower Turbo technology, featuring twin-scroll turbocharger, High Precision Injection and Double-VANOS variable camshaft timing. It also incorporates VALVETRONIC fully variable valve lift.

Improved manual and automatic transmissions.
The new BMW 3 Series Sedan comes standard with an 8-speed automatic transmission and a 6-speed manual transmission is available as a no-cost option on 320i, 328i, 340i and 340i xDrive models. The crisp-shifting 6-speed manual transmission on 340i models is equipped with a dual-mass flywheel with centrifugal pendulum absorbers. This technology counteracts uneven running on high-torque engines so that the driver can change gears smoothly. The 6-speed manual transmission is also offered with a rev matching function, which means the engine automatically blips the throttle on downshifting, resulting in improved smoothness.

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The updated 8-speed Steptronic transmission features enhanced efficiency, wider gear ratio and reduced torque converter slip during gear shifts. At the same time, improved damping of engine irregularities make for improved comfort and smoother shifting. Sporty drivers will also enjoy the 8-speed Steptronic transmission. In Sport+ transmission mode, it allows the driver to rev the engine right up to the rev limiter, and also to perform multiple sequential downshifts. The 8-speed Steptronic Sport Automatic transmission with steering wheel paddle shifters is now standard on 328i, 328d and 340i models.

Further economy benefits are offered by the 8-speed Steptronic transmission’s coasting mode in ECO PRO. When the driver lifts off the throttle at higher speeds, for example on a gentle downhill grade on the highway, the engine is automatically decoupled from the transmission. It then simply idles, which saves fuel and ensures there is no unwanted engine braking at high speed.

BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive system.
The new BMW 3 Series Sedan can optionally be specified with xDrive, the BMW intelligent all-wheel drive system. BMW xDrive combines the customary advantages of all-wheel drive such as optimal power transfer to the road, excellent safety and maximum traction with hallmark BMW agile and precise handling. BMW xDrive efficiently reduces understeer and oversteer when cornering by sending as necessary power front or rear, improving driving dynamics, for example when steering into a corner or accelerating out of even the tightest bends.

Sporty, agile and comfortable suspension.
The BMW 3 Series has been the benchmark in driving dynamics for generations. The further developed damper technology and optimized suspension of the new
BMW 3 Series Sedan and new BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon team up with a more finely honed steering set-up to deliver significantly enhanced dynamic capabilities without any compromise on comfort. Some of the specific changes include: new geometry of the chassis with new front struts with five bolt upper anchors points (versus 3 previously), redesigned electric power steering, new rear damper technology, and updated Dynamic Stability Control. All these updates translate to increased handling capabilities as well as feedback to the driver.

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The retuned suspension improves both transverse and longitudinal dynamics under all load conditions. This is expressed in reduced roll, improved directional stability and higher level of steering precision. This is true of the standard suspension as well as the M Sport Suspension and the Adaptive M Suspension options. The Adaptive M Suspension offers electronically controlled dampers and allows individual adjustment of the car’s dynamic responses at the touch of a button. Continuous sensor monitoring of longitudinal and lateral acceleration, speed and steering angle allows the damping to be optimally matched to road characteristics and the driving situation.

Track Handling Package now available.
The Track Handling Package, designed for the driving enthusiasts and available on the gasoline engine models only, consists of Variable Sport Steering, Adaptive M Suspension and M Sport Brakes with high temperature Euro brake pads mounted to blue calipers that highlight the new 3 Series sportiness while sharpening handling. The package includes 18” Light alloy wheels in Orbit Grey with Michelin Super Sport Tires, which emphasize maximum performance while providing excellent handling. Optional 19” wheels are also available on all 340i models.

Design and Equipment

Defining a segment.
The eye-catching looks of the new BMW 3 Series redefines a striking presence on the road. The distinctively sculpted long hood and set-back passenger compartment team up with the short front and rear overhangs and long wheelbase to create the extremely dynamic proportions that are as much a hallmark of BMW as ideal 50:50 weight distribution. Precisely designed headlights further emphasize the dynamic credentials of the BMW 3 Series, while the powerful rear end of the Sedan and Sports Wagon, complete with a clearly defined new lighting design, underlining an even sportier appearance.

New Halogen Headlight design with full-LED lights.
The new Halogen Headlight design is now available with LED daytime running lights. New for the 3 Series, full LED headlights (standard on 340i models) are even more efficient and accentuate the front end. In addition, the “eyes” of the BMW 3 Series have moved further apart, visually strengthening the car’s broad stance on the road. The daytime running lights are even more striking thanks to the leveled off upper and lower edges of the LED light tubes. These also form a visual connection with the BMW kidney grille in the shape of an LED light bar. Available as an option for 328i, 328d and 340i models are Adaptive Full LED Headlights with Automatic High-beam System. This helps to maximize the use of the main beam and significantly widen the illuminated area in front of the car – enhancing visibility and therefore improving safety at night.

New width-enhancing effect and stronger visual presence.
Broader side air intakes in the front apron give the new BMW 3 Series Sedan and new BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon an even stronger presence. This powerful appearance is further underlined by the strikingly sculptural and precise form of the rear bumpers. The new, more intricate structure of the central air intake also allows the radar sensor for the Active Cruise Control (ACC) to be integrated more discreetly.

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The rear end with its sporty design also impresses with its likewise highly sculptural, clearly defined lines. The newly designed rear lights are full-LED units. The light bars, arranged in a distinctive BMW “L” shape and now more heavily curved, lend greater dynamic presence to the rear end of the car even when it is stationary. Added to which, the integrated LED brake lights raise safety another notch thanks to their faster responses. The two-piece LED indicators form a horizontal band of light across both sections of the rear lights and provide extremely even and consistent light. They stretch into the trunk lid (or the tailgate on the BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon) and underline the car’s sporty looks. The wider trim element on the rear apron lends additional emphasis to this dynamic appearance.

The top-of-the-line gasoline engine in the BMW 340i comes with an exhaust system featuring individual tailpipes on the left and right, while the engines for the 320i and 328d models now come with twin tailpipes. The sporty appearance of the new BMW 3 Series includes a newly designed 17” wheel for the 320i and 328i. 18” wheels are also available as an option. The 340i models are equipped with new 18” wheels and optional 19” wheels with performance tires.

High-quality interior, driver focused ergonomics.
The interior reflects the dynamic and elegant lines of the sporty BMW 3 Series model range. The driver oriented cabin provides optimum access to all the important functions. The outstanding ergonomics of the BMW 3 Series have been improved further carefully arranged chrome highlights and high-gloss surfaces give the interior an even cleaner look.

The center console now comes in high-gloss black and also features new ambient lighting with an even greater feeling of quality with additional chrome applications. New chrome accents define the newly designed controls for the electric seat adjustment. New chrome applications are also a featured on the electric window controls and air vents, adding high-quality accents to the interior. The highlight trim finisher in the instrument panel now expands into all four doors, emphasizing the generous levels of space for the passengers. The cupholders in the center console add another practical feature and now have a sliding cover. An additional practical storage area for smaller items, is positioned forward of the cupholders.

Options and Packages enable further individualization.
The content of the previous Sport Line is now standard on 328i, 328d and 340i (including xDrive models) which features high-gloss exterior components including black kidney grills, black B-Pillars and a black high-gloss element on the rear bumper. The tailpipe trim is also in black chrome while high-gloss black finishers surrounding the air-intakes with aluminum-type decorative elements support the overall sporty look of the new BMW 3 Series.

The Sport Line also enhances the look and feel of the interior by utilizing a sport instrument cluster with specific printing and chrono-scaling, an anthracite headliner as well as Sports Seats with side-bolsters. Now, no longer limited to the Luxury Package, the new 3 Series offers Saddle Brown Dakota Leather with dark brown highlights.

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Luxury Package will continue to be an option for the aforementioned models, while the M Sport Package offers additional options designed to further increase road presence and driving pleasure. Among the features of the M Sport package are the M Aerodynamic Package, an M leather steering wheel and M Sport suspension.

The newly enhanced Premium Package for the 328i and 328d models includes Comfort Access, LED Headlights, Lumbar Support, Moonroof and Sirius Satellite radio with a no-cost one-year subscription. All of the Premium Package equipment is now standard for 340i models.

Customers can choose from a total of 12 exterior colors for their new BMW 3 Series. New additions to the range include striking Mediterranean Blue Metallic, Platinum Silver Metallic and Jatoba Brown Metallic. The Estoril Blue Metallic shade is still reserved exclusively for cars equipped with the M Sport package.

BMW EfficientDynamics

Superb performance, exceptionally low fuel consumption.
The driving enjoyment offered by the new BMW 3 Series Sedan and new BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon models is based not just on excellent performance but also on excellent fuel economy. BMW EffientDynamics measures are present through Auto Start Stop, Brake Energy Regeneration, on-demand operation of ancillary units and the ECO PRO mode, ensure that the new BMW 3 Series not only delivers typical BMW sporty performance but also benchmark fuel consumption and emissions.

Optimized transmissions and intelligent energy management.
The newly developed manual and automatic transmissions also play an important role in reducing fuel consumption and emissions. Both types of transmission feature optimized efficiency, compact design and low weight, and are able to support a relaxed, low-rev and extra-fuel-efficient driving style. Further potential for savings is offered by the intelligent transmission control strategy. Among other things, a Proactive Driving Assistant (for models fitted with the 8-speed Steptronic transmission) uses navigation data to work out in advance where the driver will have to slow down on the upcoming route and adapts the powertrain strategy accordingly. It also passes on appropriate recommendations to the driver, if desired.

Further savings are offered by intelligent energy management for the ancillary units. This includes the on-demand coolant pump, electronically controlled oil pump and electromechanical power steering that consume no electrical power when driving straight ahead. Also, whenever the air conditioning is not being used, its compressor is automatically disconnected from the engine.

Additional fuel-saving measures include the ECO PRO mode, selectable using the Driving Dynamics Control switch, the ECO PRO Route navigation feature and the coasting function on models with 8-speed Steptronic transmission, which disconnects the engine if the driver lifts off the throttle at higher speeds. The engine then idles in neutral, consuming less fuel.

The new BMW 330e Plug-in Hybrid.
Looking further ahead, the BMW 3 Series will celebrate a very special milestone in 2016 with the launch of the BMW 330e. The BMW 330e will be powered by a plug-in hybrid drive system with a combined output of around 250 hp and 310 lb-ft (preliminary), giving the BMW 330e a 0–60 mph acceleration time of approximately 6.1 (preliminary) and a top speed of 140 mph (preliminary). The new BMW 330e is also capable of travelling up to 22 miles in all-electric mode and therefore with zero local emissions.

BMW ConnectedDrive

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Optimum connectivity and intelligent driver assistance systems.
BMW has been setting the standard for connectivity between the driver, car and the outside world for many years now. With yet more new functions added to the unrivalled combination of mobility services and driver assistance systems, BMW ConnectedDrive is providing another impressive demonstration of its pioneering abilities in the new BMW 3 Series range, while once again ensuring supreme safety, comfort and infotainment.

Fastest mobile technology on board.
The optional latest-generation Navigation System boasts quicker start-up, even faster route calculation along with more realistic 3D visualization in cities. The navigation maps are automatically updated free of charge for a period of three years via the embedded SIM cards and the vehicles LTE system. This LTE technology when fitted with the Navigation System enhances USB, Bluetooth and smartphone integration. This greatly improves network coverage and data transmission speeds, especially in rural areas.

ConnectedDrive Services form part of the standard specification of the BMW 3 Series.
A SIM card built into the vehicle enables the customer to enjoy optimum connectivity and access to the unrivalled range of services from BMW ConnectedDrive without the need for a smartphone. The available Concierge Service, for example, makes it possible to select points of interest while driving, such as pharmacies, restaurants or hotels, make a reservation if desired, and have them sent straight to the vehicle as a navigation destination together with all the relevant contact data.

The new BMW 3 Series is equipped with BMW Assist eCall (Enhanced Automatic Collision Notification) to ensure maximum safety while driving. In case of airbag deployment this system uses the built-in SIM card to automatically transmit the severity of the accident and the vehicle’s location to the BMW Assist™ Response Center. The data will then be utilized to generate the best possible emergency response.

Head-Up Display: information in the driver’s immediate field of view.
A full-color, high-resolution Head-Up Display is available as an option for the new BMW 3 Series. All relevant information, such as speed and navigation instructions, appears here in an optimum position in the driver’s field of view. The safety information from the Driving Assistant System (i.e. speed limits and no-passing zone information, Forward Collision Warning, with City Collision Mitigation, Pedestrian Warning and Lane Departure Warning) as well as information relating to smartphone and media operation is also shown in the Head-Up Display.

Parking Assistant for parallel and now perpendicular parking.
The Parking Assistant in the new BMW 3 Series now helps the driver to park in spaces
that are perpendicular to the road as well as parallel spots. At speeds below approximately 22 mph ultrasonic sensors measure potential parking spaces, which are then shown in the central information display. If the driver now activates the Parking Assistant, the car will steer itself into the space while the driver merely has to control the accelerator and brake or switch between forward and reverse gear when prompted. The Parking Assistant also includes the new Auto PDC function, which allows the Park Distance Control to switch on automatically when approaching an object at the front and display the remaining distance. When traffic jam situations with stop-start traffic are detected, the Auto PDC function is deactivated.

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