Since arriving stateside in 1976, the BMW 3 Series has been the first name in performance sport sedans for generations of drivers. The 3 Series is renowned for its nimble and powerful performance, high-quality interior and stylish exterior appointments, all of which have helped to make it the clearest expression of the Ultimate Driving Machine®. The new seventh-generation BMW 3 Series sedan continues that legacy not only by honoring all that has made its predecessors so remarkable, but by improving on that winning formula and setting the bar even higher.
The new 2019 BMW 330i features a new 2.0-liter BMW TwinPower Turbo inline four-cylinder engine that delivers 255 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque, improving over the outgoing 2.0-liter thanks to the re-optimization of its twin-scroll turbocharger, High Precision Direct Injection, VALVETRONIC and Double-VANOS. These tweaks also make the BMW 330i more efficient, as does the upgraded and standard eight-speed Sport Steptronic transmission.
Offering even more exhilaration is the 2020 BMW M340i, which will feature an updated six-cylinder inline gasoline engine, an M Sport rear differential and an M Performance-tuned chassis. The new six-cylinder puts out 382 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of peak torque. M Sport performance brakes provide the confidence of exceptional stopping power, and standard Performance Control improves directional stability when braking suddenly.
Both the 2019 BMW 330i and BMW M340i are available with the latest version of xDrive, BMW’s intelligent all-wheel-drive system. The newly upgraded xDrive will be better able to split drive torque between the front and rear wheels, allowing the 3 Series to respond almost instantaneously to a change in driving conditions. xDrive’s natural rear-wheel bias ensures a sportier driving characteristic and improved efficiency when all-wheel drive is not necessary.
The 2019 BMW 3 Series features a lightweight chassis and body structure that prioritizes a low center of gravity and perfect 50:50 front and rear weight distribution. As much as 121 pounds lighter than the outgoing model thanks to the use of high-strength steel and aluminum, the new BMW 3 Series sedan is not only more efficient but also boasts a reduced 0.26 drag coefficient for improved aerodynamics.
The all-new BMW 330i arrives in March 2019, with the BMW M340i and a BMW iPerformance plug-in hybrid to follow.
This article is presented by Rick Hendrick BMW Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina.