BMW continues 3 Series legacy with new engine, improved handlingAs "The" sports sedan, the 2016 3 Series has a big legacy to live up to, but with improved steering, all-new Inline-6, this may year's model may be an instant classic
BMWs are one of the most recognized vehicles in the world, but of all the BMWs, it is the 3 Series that are most renowned. Forty years ago, BMW created something amazing by bringing the sporting compact to life. And now, the German Automaker is holding true to its reputation, and enhancing the 2016 3 Series.
3 Series will be welcoming the first Plug-in Hybrid in 2016. The new 330e will be powered by a plug-in hybrid drivetrain consisting of a turbocharged four-cylinder engine and a compact electric motor that can make 250 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. This Plug-in Hybrid has the capability to travel up to 22 miles on its electric motor alone. The Hybrid isn't new to the BMW, family, however the 330e showcases the advancements BMW has made in hybrid technology, while making it more appealing to the mainstream audience. BMW has found the perfect blend of luxury and Hybrid vehicles.
People say all good things must come to an end, but for BMW when one thing ends, they bring in something even better. The biggest change for the 2016 3 Series is the retirement of the current 335i, which is being replaced by the new 340i. That means the N55 3.0-liter inline-6 is being updated to a new turbocharged all-aluminum 3.0-liter straight-six engine called B58. This six-cylinder makes 320 horsepower between 5,500 and 6,500 rpm and 330 feet-pound of torque. The BMW gains 20 horsepower and 30 ft-lb of torque against the 335i. An 8-speed automatic transmission that accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.8 seconds comes standard, while the 340i xDrive accelerates 0 to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds. There is always the option of the 6-speed manual transmission and it remains to be a no-cost option for the 340i.
Though those are the two major updates for the 3 Series, BMW still reaches for perfection with each model. The visual upgrades such as the new halogen headlamps matched with LED running lights and larger side air intakes give the 3 Series a more focused face, and a sportier feel to their sedans. While the 320i and 328i get 17-inch standard wheels, the 328 and 340 models have been upgraded to include the Sport Line as a standard package. BMW revised the chassis by redesigning the geometrics, electric power steering assist, rear dampers and Dynamic Stability Control. All these have been updated to ensure improvement in directional stability and to reduce body roll. These new adjustments will create a much more responsive driving experience.
Moving inside, the interiors now include additional chrome and high-gloss black-trim on the center console, new ambient lighting and cup-holder covers, as well as a practical storage area for smaller items. BMW definitely created the sportier features on the exterior, but for the interior, BMW always tries to redefine luxury. BMW's famous Connected Drive infotainment system now offers an upgraded range of services and the optional navigation features with better graphics and a quick response time.
Year after year, the 3 Series is one of the most anticipated revealing. People look to BMW to see how it defines the standard of excellence, and BMW always delivers. With 2016 just around the corner, it's not question, the 3 Series will remain at the top of its class.
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