BMW Group Australia is proud to announce pricing and specification for the all new BMW 3 Series, which goes on-sale in March, 2019.
“The BMW 3 Series Sedan has been a stalwart of the brand since its 1975 introduction,” said BMW Group Australia CEO, Vikram Pawah.
“It took the notion of a compact sports sedan and redefined it, particularly in the area of driving dynamics.
“Since the first-generation the 3 Series has truly embodied what ‘The Ultimate Driving Machine’ is all about: impressive performance, luxury feel and the latest in technologies.
“With the seventh generation 3 Series now imminent, we can assure you that these values have been even further enhanced. We cannot wait to see them on the road in 2019,” he said.
- Seventh-generation of the iconic BMW 3 Series Sedan is introduced to Australia with 320d and 330i variants
- 320d is powered by a 2.0-litre twin-turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine that produces 140kW and 400Nm, sent to the rear wheels via an eight-speed sports automatic gearbox
- Latest version of best-selling 330i adopts the latest 2.0-litre turbocharged four- cylinder petrol engine that generates 190kW and 400Nm, driving the rear wheels via an eight-speed sports automatic gearbox
- Evolutionary design with modernised, single-piece kidney grille and twin Adaptive LED headlights as standard
- Reimagined interior with redesigned controls and high-quality materials
- Cutting-edge infotainment with BMW’s Live Cockpit Professional, 12.3-inch digital display and 10.25-inch touchscreen Control Display
- Newly engineered suspension system for class-leading dynamics
- M Sport Package offered as standard equipment
- In dealers from March 2019, priced from $67,900*
BMW 3 Series range pricing
BMW 320d $67,900*
BMW 330i $70,900*
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Dynamic focus delivers on traditional 3 Series promise
Dynamic engagement was at the forefront of BMW Group engineers when tasked with developing the all new BMW 3 Series platform.
With a BMW hallmark 50:50 weight distribution achieved, the latest 3 Series is up to 55kg lighter than the predecessor model, depending on specification.
Body rigidity has also increased an impressive 25 per cent up to 50 per cent in certain critical sections), allowing the suspension to be more effective in terms of body control and handling finesse.
Wider front and rear tracks combine to further aid stability and grip in all driving situations.
Making the most of the all new BMW 3 Series’ natural dynamic advantages are the newly- developed suspension systems.
The new geometry features increased front axle camber, while new damper technology deploys a ‘lift-related’ system that provides continuously variable damping in accordance with changes to spring travel.
This system has enabled 20 per cent stiffer spring rates to be deployed, and uses additional front-axle damping hydraulics in conjunction with a compression-limiting rear axle setup.
The Australian-specification BMW 330i uses the latest-generation Adaptive M Suspension, which combines the 10mm lower ride height and geometries of the M sport suspension standard in the 320d, but adds electronically-controlled dampers. This system offers comfort- and sport-focused modes that are changeable in-cockpit.
Standard on 330i are the M Sport brakes, identified by the blue calipers; four-piston at the front and floating single-piston at the rear.
Optionally available on the 330i variant is the M Sport limited-slip differential. This electronically-controlled system is variable in its torque distribution across the rear axle and further aids traction, particularly in dynamic driving situations.
Offered in rear-wheel drive from launch, with the xDrive all-wheel drive M340i M Performance model arriving later in 2019.
An athletically toned exterior that slices through the air
For the seventh generation of the iconic compact sports sedan, BMW’s design team has crafted a modern exterior that is unmistakably 3 Series, but with modern twists.
The vehicle is longer and wider than before, with wider front and rear tracks creating a highly dynamic stance.
A bold interpretation of the classic BMW kidney grille is formed out of a single piece, and melds into the latest-generation twin BMW Adaptive LED headlight arrays.
Moving to the side profile a sharpened ‘Hofmeister kink’ highlights the c-pillar, while at the rear slightly smoked, L-shaped 3D-effect LED tail lights and larger exhaust outlets add further presence.
A choice of BMW 18-inch light alloy wheels are standard for the 320d, with the 330i moving up to a 19-inch selection.
Two non-metallic colours are available, along with nine metallic options and a single, sumptuous offer from the BMW Individual Metallic collection: Dravit Grey.
Popular M Sport Package offered as standard; Luxury Line as a no-cost option
Fitting the dynamic focus of the all new BMW 3 Series, the famed M Sport Package is provided as standard on both 320d and 330i variants. For those seeking a sophisticated alternative, the Luxury Line is also available as a no-cost option.
The M Sport Package brings the following elements to the 3 Series:
– BMW Individual High-gloss Shadow Line, with black window frames and air breather surrounds
– M Aerodynamics Package with aerodynamic front and rear bumper sections and side sills
– BMW Individual interior Headliner in Anthracite
– M Leather steering wheel with multifunction buttons
– Interior trim finishers in Aluminium Tetragon
– 18-inch M light alloy wheels in bicolour, double-spoke design (320d)
– 19-inch M light alloy wheels in bicolour, double-spoke design (330i)
– M Sport Brakes (330i)
The alternate Luxury Line features the following specific elements:
– Leather Vernasca upholstery
– Interior trim finishers in fine-wood, high-gloss ash grey
– Sport leather steering wheel
– Instrument panel in sensatec
– Sport seat for driver and front passenger
– 18-inch light alloy wheels in bicolour, multi-spoke design (320d)
– 19-inch BMW Individual light alloy wheels in bicolour, double-spoke design (330i)
Improved cabin space and higher-quality materials
Thanks to the extended wheelbase, the all new BMW 3 Series boasts a crisply redesigned interior with greater cabin space, increasing occupant comfort.
Combined with a noticeable uplift in material quality to go with BMW’s renowned fit and finish, the latest 3 Series interior is luxuriously sporty.
The all-new 3 Series features supportive sports seats as standard, with improved lateral support and electrically-operated adjustability.
Combined Alcantara and Sensatec upholstery comes standard for the 320d M Sport, with the 330i adopting a newly-styled Vernasca leather upholstery, with a choice of five colours, as a standard inclusion.
A range of complementary interior trims are also offered, with three fine-wood choices and two aluminium styles.
The interior benefits from a 41mm wheelbase increase and 16mm uplift in vehicle width, creating a more spacious cabin; particularly for those in the rear seats. Luggage capacity is 480 litres, with a 40:20:40 split-fold back seat and automatic boot lid adding further convenience.
Infotainment and connectivity that sets new standards
BMW’s latest-generation 3 Series highlights the company’s latest ideas around functionality and connectivity, thanks to the BMW Operating system 7.0.
Incorporating Live Cockpit Professional, this new infotainment system is fully digital and highly adaptable.
A 12.3-inch high-resolution instrument cluster provides customisable key information. It is designed to seamlessly integrate with the 10.25-inch central Control Display touchscreen that drives the key vehicle functions.
The central console-mounted rotary dial familiar to BMW interiors is clustered with key shortcut buttons as before. Other interactivity options include Natural Voice Control with BMW’s new Intelligent Personal Assistant, the steering wheel controls and the touchscreen, which showcases an app-based, customisable tiled interface. Gesture control is also available as an option.
The new BMW Head Up Display – fitted as standard to the 320d and 330i – presents a graphical interpretation of key information, projected safely onto the windscreen in the driver’s field of vision.
This new system features a 70 per cent larger projection area over the predecessor model.
Projected information is customisable and can include Speed Limit Information data, vehicle speed, navigation data, telephone and infotainment listings. When Active Cruise Control is fitted (standard on 330i), proximity warnings to the vehicle in front are also displayable.
Apple CarPlay is also offered as standard equipment.
BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant – a new way to connect
BMW’s new Intelligent Personal Assistant is designed to make life easier, with a wide (and ever expanding) range of functions able to be performed by the vehicle via voice command.
This digital character responds to voice prompts, and becomes instantly ‘live’ when the driver states “Hey BMW”. Note, this phrase can be customised to individual preference.
The BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant is considered a digital character, one that learns and adapts to driving habits and cabin preferences over time.
For example, the simple phrase “Take me home” will guide the driver home. Phone and climate commands, among other items, can also be taken care of via BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant.
Thanks to digitalisation advances, the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant is easily expandable and updatable, with remote updates possible via the BMW Connected app or via the vehicle’s own sim card.
When equipped with Comfort Access (standard on BMW 330i) the included BMW Digital Key uses Near Field Technology. This can enable the vehicle to be locked and unlocked via a smartphone. Additionally the vehicle can be started via the smartphone’s placement in the wireless charging or smartphone tray.
The BMW Digital Key is available for NFC capable Samsung smartphones running Android 8.0 or above. An alternative function is the BMW Key Card, which features NFC technology and therefore the same functionality as the Digital Key option.
Fast yet frugal: The all new 3 Series engines
The 2.0-litre twin-turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine in the all new BMW 320d benefits from the latest round of refinements, including multi-stage turbocharging and improved efficiency.
This multi-stage system incorporates a small, high-pressure, fixed-vane turbocharger as well as a larger, low-pressure, variable-vane turbo to maximise response, performance and efficiency.
The engine develops 140kW at 4,000rpm while delivering a strong surge of 400Nm torque, spread from 1,750-2,500rpm. Zero to100km/h is achieved in 6.8 seconds with the standard eight-speed sports automatic transmission. Fuel consumption and emissions as tested to combined-cycle Australian standards are rated at 4.5L/100km and 119g/km C02 respectively.
The all new BMW 330i features the latest specification of the 2.0-litre turbocharged four- cylinder petrol engine. It develops 190kW from 5,000-6,500rpm and a diesel-like 400Nm spread from 1,550-4,400rpm. Zero to 100km/h is hit in only 5.8 seconds, with Australian combined-cycle fuel economy and emissions set at 6.4L/100km and 147g/km C02.
Key standard specification highlights
– M Sport Package
– Driving Assistant, including:
- Lane Departure Warning
- Lane Change Warning
- Front collision warning with brake intervention
- Rear cross-traffic warning
- Rear collision prevention
- Speed Limit Information
– Parking Assistant with Reversing Assistant
– BMW Live Cockpit Professional including 12.3-inch instrument cluster, 10.25-inch central touchscreen and Intelligent Personal Assistant
– Connected Package Professional including Apple CarPlay and Wireless Charging
– M Sport Suspension (Adaptive M Suspension for 330i)
– Adaptive LED headlights with High Beam Assistant and LED fog lights
– 18-inch M double spoke light-alloy wheels
– Interior trim finishers in Aluminium Tetragon
Additional 330i standard specification
– M Sport Brakes
– 19-inch M light-allow wheels
– Leather Vernasca upholstery
– Driving Assistant Professional, including
- Steering and Lane Control Assistant
- Emergency Stop Assistant
- Automatic Speed Limit Assistant
- Lane Keeping Assistant with active side collision protection
- Front cross-traffic warning
- Evasion aid
- Crossroads Warning with City Braking function
- Wrong Way Warning
– Parking Assistant Plus with Surround View Camera and Remote 3D View
– Comfort Access
Luxury Line available as a no-cost option on all variants
In addition to the impressive standard specification, customers have the option to specify the up-market Luxury Line as a no-cost option on both 320d and 330i.
This Line adds:
– Leather Vernasca Upholstery
– Fine-wood interior trim finished in high gloss ash grey-brown
– Sport leather steering wheel
– Sensatec instrument panel
– LED fog lights
– Sports Seats for driver and front passenger
– 18-inch multispoke light alloy wheels (320d)
– 19-inch BMW Individual double spoke light alloy wheels (330i)
New M Sport Plus Package headlines fresh option bundles
Reiterating the 3 Series’ traditional dynamic leadership, the M Sport Plus Package debuts on the all new model.
Available for $2,990* on 320d and $2,600* on 330i, the M Sport Plus Package adds the following equipment:
– M Sport Seatbelts, with M tricolour weave
– M Rear Spoiler
– M Sport Brakes (320d)
– 19-inch M light alloy wheels (320d)
– M Sport Differential (330i)
Other option packages allow the owner to specify a new 3 Series to their individual taste.
Visibility Package ($5,070*)
– Metallic Paint
– BMW Laser headlights
– Glass Sunroof
– Ambient Light
Comfort Package (320d: $2,600*, 330i: $1,820*)
– Lumbar Support
– Automatic tailgate
– Seat Heating for driver and front passenger
– Comfort Access (320d)
Driver Assistance Package (320d: $3,120*)
– Parking Assistant Plus
– Driving Assistant Professional
– Tyre Pressure Monitor
A range of single options are also available. Please consult the specification guide for details.
BMW 3 Series: Performance and Efficiency
|Model||Engine||Power / Torque||0-100km/h||Efficiency|
|320d||2.0-litre turbo four- cylinder diesel||140kW / 400Nm||6.8sec||4.5L/100km 119g/km C02|
|330i||2.0-litre turbo four- cylinder petrol||190kW / 400Nm||5.8sec||6.4L/100km 147g/km|
Condition Based Servicing
All maintenance requirements for the BMW 3 Series range will be controlled by the Condition Based Servicing (CBS) system.
With CBS, sensors and advanced algorithms monitor and calculate the conditions in which a vehicle is used, including mileage, time elapsed since its last service, fuel consumption and how a vehicle is driven. Based on the information captured, maintenance requirements are determined, identifying whether an annual vehicle inspection or oil service is due.
Selected BMW service and maintenance costs can be covered by a single, one-off advance payment with BMW Service Inclusive (BSI), which is available in two packages: Basic or Plus.