press release

BMW Group Australia unveils updated and enhanced 3 Series Sedan, Touring and Gran Turismo

  • Enhanced standard specification and updated pricing across entire BMW 3 Series range, including Touring and Gran Turismo (GT), offering even greater value and substance
  • New inclusions spanning aesthetics, driving dynamics, safety features and innovation provide greater substance
  • Wealth of added features bolster 3 Series Sedan, Touring and GT’s appeal and status within premium mid-sized sedan segment
  • A choice of character lines – Sport and Luxury – now offered as standard on 316i Sedan, 318d Touring, 320i Sedan, Touring and GT and 320d Sedan and GT, while 335i and ActiveHybrid 3 Sedan customers can select between the M Sport package or enhanced Luxury Line at no cost
  • Head-Up Display, Rear View Camera, Lane Change Warning, front and rear Parking Sensors, Surround View with Top and Side View and Exterior Mirrors with Anti-dazzle Function among technological additions
  • Safety highlighted  through inclusion of Driving Assistant, featuring Lane Departure Warning, Pedestrian Warning with Light Braking Function and Approach Control Warning
  • Already elegant design further defined through Bi-Xenon Headlights, and upgrade to either 17, 18 or 19-inch alloy wheels as standard equipment, depending on model
  • Advanced convenience for driver and passengers thanks to BMW Comfort Access keyless entry, including contactless opening of the tailgate, now standard on 328i Sedan/Touring, 335i and Active Hybrid 3 Sedan
  • Driving dynamics boosted through incorporation of Adaptive M Suspension for most  models, providing greater agility, cornering precision, improved ride and a more athletic appearance with suspension lowered by 10mm

A cornerstone of the BMW brand, the updated BMW 3 Series Sedan, Touring and Gran Turismo (GT) draws upon the legacy of its ancestors, delivering a holistic driving experience built on the platforms of prestige, elegance and performance.

Providing even greater substance with the inclusion of a wealth of added standard features, and offering remarkable luxury in the mid-sized segment, the updated BMW 3 Series Sedan, Touring and GT reaffirms the qualities long associated with the company’s famous roundel.

Enhancements span a range of aesthetic, safety and technological inclusions designed to improve the motoring experience, re-establishing benchmarks for driving prowess, elegance and comfort.

BMW Group Australia Head of Product and Market Planning Shawn Ticehurst hailed the BMW 3 Series update as a significant boost for the range ahead of a landmark year for the storied model.

“Over the last 40 years, the BMW 3 Series has established itself as the most iconic model in our history,” Ticehurst said.

“With its progenitors establishing the blueprint for dynamic driving in the mid-sized premium segment, the 3 Series has a very proud heritage and we have built on that.”

Ticehurst added: “This enhanced BMW 3 Series line-up now stands as the most comprehensive update we’ve released on any range in recent times, with fresh inclusions as standard across a host of areas, including safety and technological innovations.

“This exceptional level of substance and value affirms the BMW 3 Series as a compelling proposition in anyone’s language.”

Providing scope for added personalisation, and bolstering visual interior and exterior appeal, the Sport and Luxury character lines will now be available as a no-cost-option on the 316i Sedan, 318d Touring, 320i Sedan, Touring and GT, and 320d Sedan and GT. Character lines are already standard on the 328i models.

The M Sport package and Luxury line, with upgraded 19-inch alloy wheels and interior trim featuring Fine-wood Burled Walnut with inlays and Pearl Gloss Highlights, will meanwhile feature as a standard option on the 335i and ActiveHybrid 3 Sedans.

Driver and passenger safety take primacy with the inclusion of a number of BMW ConnectedDrive Driver Assistance systems and functions developed to guard against risk and provide peace of mind. These include Head-Up Display, Rear View Camera, Surround View with Top View and Side View, Lane Change Warning as well as Driving Assistant functions.

Highlighted by camera and sensor-based Lane Departure Warning and Approach Control Warning, and Pedestrian Warning systems, Driving Assistant detects lane markings and warns of an unintentional lane change. The system also provides alert of a potential collision with a vehicle, object or pedestrian ahead, and conditions brakes for a faster response.

The BMW 3 Series’ sporting credentials are enhanced with the inclusion of Adaptive M Suspension in all models from the 320i/d Sedan and GT, and 318d Touring, reinforcing its dynamic driving characteristics and athletic styling.

Drawing upon the elegant sportiness for which the models have been celebrated throughout their history, the already visionary aesthetics of the BMW 3 Series Sedan, Touring and GT are enhanced with the introduction as standard of Bi-Xenon Headlights and alloy wheels ranging from 17 to 19-inches.

The updates to the BMW 3 Series Sedan will further bolster the appeal of the 316i, reinforcing its unique status within the mid-sized luxury landscape. With its already widely regarded practicality and elegance now accompanied by an impressive array of standard equipment, the updated 316i consolidates its unique positioning in the premium segment.

Pricing for the BMW 3 Series GT will also be adjusted as part of the revamped range, magnifying the draw of the 328i GT, 320i GT and 320d GT.

Updated BMW 3 Series Sedan and Touring in detail

Technological innovations advancing driver and pedestrian safety

BMW’s emphasis on active safety and intelligent driver assistance assumes even greater prominence in the updated BMW 3 Series Sedan, Touring and GT with Head-Up Display, Rear View Camera, and Surround View with Top View and Side View among the innovations included across the range.

These introductions neatly complement the arrival as standard of the ConnectedDrive Driver Assistance package, which guards both occupants and pedestrians via an impressive suite of technological innovations, including Lane Change Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Pedestrian Warning with Light Braking Function and Approach Control Warning.

Through two radar sensors located at the rear of the vehicle, the Lane Change Warning advises the driver of potential risk in overtaking situations, monitoring traffic in adjacent lanes. With the dual sensors range extending from a vehicle’s ‘blind spot’ to a distance of 60 metres behind the vehicle, the information accumulated assists the driver in navigating potentially perilous terrain, conveying warnings through the instrument panel, an LED icon on the exterior mirror and the slight vibration of the steering wheel.

Active at speeds over 70 km/h, the Lane Departure Warning detects lane markings and advises the driver of an unintentional lane change through vibrations in the steering wheel and a visual warning in the instrument cluster. Using image processing technology to calculate the car’s position relevant to lane markings, the camera scans the road 50 metres ahead and reacts appropriately to the current driving situation, even in bends or narrow lanes.

Pedestrian Control Warning with Light Braking Function and Approach Control Warning identifies the potential for an impending collision through visual and acoustic warnings, and between 10km/h and 60km/h, conditioning the brakes for maximum deceleration, before automatically applying the brakes lightly should the need arise.

Distinctive BMW dynamics

The 3 Series Sedan and Touring’s trademark 50:50 axle load distribution, rear wheel drive and intelligent lightweight construction is augmented by the inclusion of Adaptive M Suspension as standard in all models from the 320i/d and 318d Touring.
Building on the technology of Dynamic Damper Control, Adaptive M Suspension further enhances the vehicle’s dynamic abilities, providing optimal traction and stability, and enabling the driver to steer the car to the limits of its on-road capabilities. Offering more precise steering and drivetrain response, the installation of Adaptive M Suspension also sees the vehicle’s chassis lowered by 10 millimetres, drawing emphasis to the car’s enhanced sporting capabilities without sacrificing comfort.

The electronic controlled dampers in the Adaptive M Suspension intuitively adjust to the driving situation and road profile, with sensors continuously measuring data controlling the shock absorber valves. With pronounced dynamic ability or extremely high cruising comfort available at the touch of a button through the Driving Experience Control, Adaptive M Suspension increases the agility of the updated 3 Series Sedan, Touring and GT, ensuring optimum road holding at all times.

Amplified exterior styling, balancing elegance and athleticism

BMW’s trademark engaging aesthetics garner added emphasis on the updated BMW 3 Series Sedan, Touring and GT, highlighting the exclusive design, premium elegance and powerful, sporting persona emblematic of the range throughout its history. The athleticism inherent within the design and DNA of the updated BMW 3 Series Sedan, Touring and GT garners further emphasis with the upgraded alloy wheels on the 316i Sedan, 318d Touring, 320i Sedan, Touring and GT, 320d Sedan and 328i Sedan/Touring.

Offered in 17-inch (316i), 18-inch (320i/d, 318d Touring) and 19-inch (328i and above) forms, the alloy wheels pronounce and frame the car’s appearance, providing cause for the updated BMW 3 Series Sedan and Touring’s determined character, and dynamism to become increasingly evident. Allied to Adaptive M Suspension, which lowers the vehicle’s ride height by 10mm, the updated BMW 3 Series Sedan, Touring and GT’s sporting disposition and distinct, confident nature is fostered, while Bi-Xenon Headlights accent and distinguish the vehicle’s front end. Its visually striking nature further pronounces the car’s defined contours, wide track and agile profile. Using xenon technology for both the dipped and full beam settings, the headlights illuminate brighter and clearer, and provide greater visibility.

BMW ConnectedDrive

BMW ConnectedDrive is a highly advanced product encompassing a comprehensive array of exciting, technologically innovative features, providing an unparalleled world of connected mobility, acting as a conduit between the driver, their BMW and the world outside.

The updated BMW 3 Series Sedan, Touring and GT will benefit from the services and features, which span two key areas, the aforementioned ConnectedDrive Driver Assistance and ConnectedDrive Services and Apps, notably including TeleServices and Intelligent Emergency Call.

Available as standard across the updated BMW 3 Series range, TeleServices provides for the automatic transmission of service-related vehicle data to the driver’s preferred service dealer, and transmission of vehicle diagnostics to the Roadside Assistance Centre for immediate diagnosis over the phone.

Intelligent Emergency Call meanwhile automatically transmits vehicle accident information and calls for assistance to the BMW ConnectedDrive Call Centre. Emergency services are informed by the call centre on behalf of the customer and deployed if required.

Character lines available as standard across the range

Each updated BMW 3 Series Sedan, Touring and GT can be personalised to reflect the persona and aesthetic taste of its owner with Sport and Luxury character lines standard options on the 316i Sedan, 318d Touring, 320i and 328i Sedan, Touring and GT, and 320d Sedan and GT. The choice of the M Sport package or Luxury line is available at no cost on the 335i and ActiveHybrid 3 Sedan.

Providing ambience lighting throughout the interior, the Sport Line highlights the dynamic qualities of the updated BMW 3 Series Sedan, Touring and GT, with Sport seats for driver and front passenger, Sport leather steering wheel, Black High-Gloss interior trim and speedometer and rev counter with Red chronoscales. High-Gloss Black trims at the front, including kidney grille, rear bumper finisher, B pillar and tailpipe finisher in Black Chrome further draw attention to its athletic characteristics.

Updated 3 Series Sedan, Touring and GT models bearing the Luxury Line meanwhile can be identified by the distinctive chrome trims accenting the front and rear of the car, including the trademark kidney grille, while the interior is augmented through the presence of fine-wood Fineline Anthracite with Pearl Dark Gloss chrome highlights. Chrome Pearl Grey surrounds on the air conditioning and radio controls, ambient lights and window recesses in Chrome add to its premium sensibility.

With BMW Individual high-gloss shadow line, BMW Individual anthracite roofliner, High-Gloss chrome tailpipes and an eight-bar black High-Gloss kidney grille, the M Sport package is an unmistakable addition to any updated BMW 3 Series Sedan, Touring and GT.
Further reinforcing its sporting pedigree, the M Sport option also includes the M Aerodynamics package, M leather steering wheel, sport seats for driver and passenger, interior trim in Aluminium hexagon with Estoril Blue and an instrument cluster with specific gauge-dial printing and chronoscale.

The BMW 316i – providing exceptional value for its segment

While the BMW 316i Sedan remains the entry-level model of the 3 Series range, the 1.6 litre, four-door emerges as one of the true highlights of the updated range, offering remarkable value in the premium mid-sized vehicle market.

With 17-inch alloy wheels, Bi-Xenon headlights, Head-Up Display, Driving Assistance, exterior mirrors with anti-dazzle function, Lane Change warning, front and rear Park Distance Control, Rear View Camera and Surround View with Top View and Side View, the BMW 316i includes a plethora of safety and technological innovations as standard.

Starting at $53,800, the BMW 316i occupies a unique niche within the premium landscape.

Three year, unlimited warranty and condition based servicing included

The updated 3 Series Sedan and Touring are covered under BMW warranty for three years and unlimited kilometres, as with all new vehicles, and features a condition based servicing (CBS) system which is built into all BMWs. Under the CBS system, sensors and advanced algorithms monitor and calculate the conditions in which the vehicle is used including mileage, time elapsed since the last service, fuel consumption and how the vehicle is driven.  CBS is augmented by BMW ConnectedDrive TeleServices, which communicates data directly to the dealer.

The information captured is used to determine the vehicle’s maintenance requirements, indentifying that either an annual vehicle inspection or an oil service is due. In addition, BMW service and selected maintenance costs can now be covered by a single, one-off advance payment with BMW Service Inclusive (BSI). BSI offers two packages: BMW Service Inclusive Basic provides scheduled servicing cover, while BMW Service Inclusive Plus combines scheduled servicing and selected maintenance items.

Based on individual lifestyle needs, a year range and kilometre option is selected, starting from five years/80,000. The BSI plan provides a long-term solution enabling cover to be extended and transferred to future vehicle owners before expiry.

BMW 3 Series Australian Pricing and Additions*:

Sedan

BMW 316i: $53,800

  • 17” Alloy Wheels
  • Line (Sport, Luxury)
  • Bi-Xenon Headlights
  • Head-Up Display
  • Instrument cluster with extended contents
  • Driving Assistant
  • Exterior Mirrors with Anti-Dazzle Function
  • Lane Change warning
  • Park Distance Control (PDC), front
  • Rear View Camera
  • Surround View with Top View and Side View

BMW 320i:  $61,500

  • 18-inch Alloy Wheels
  • Line (Sport, Luxury)
  • Bi-Xenon Headlights
  • Adaptive M Suspension
  • Head-Up Display
  • Instrument cluster with extended contents
  • Driving Assistant
  • Exterior Mirrors with Anti-Dazzle Function
  • Lane Change warning
  • Rear View Camera
  • Surround View with Top View and Side View

BMW 320d: $63,800

  • 18-inch Alloy Wheels
  • Line (Sport, Luxury)
  • Bi-Xenon Headlights
  • Adaptive M Suspension
  • Head-Up Display
  • Instrument cluster with extended contents
  • Driving Assistant
  • Exterior Mirrors with Anti-Dazzle Function
  • Lane Change warning
  • Rear View Camera
  • Surround View with Top View and Side View

BMW 328i: $70,400

  • 19-inch Alloy Wheels
  • Bi-Xenon Headlights
  • Adaptive M Suspension
  • DABDigital Radio Tuner
  • Comfort Access
  • Head-Up Display
  • Driving Assistant
  • Lane Change warning
  • Rear View Camera
  • Surround View with Top View and Side View
  • Stereo Loudspeaker System (six loudspeakers)

BMW 335i: $93,430

  • M Sport Package – NCO
  • Luxury Line – NCO with the following additions:
    • Interior Trim, Fine-wood Burled Walnut with inlays, with Pearl Gloss Chrome accent lines
    • 19” Alloy wheels
  • Adaptive M Suspension
  • DABDigital Radio Tuner
  • Comfort Access
  • Head-Up Display
  • Driving Assistant
  • Lane Change warning
  • Rear View Camera
  • Surround View with Top View and Side View

BMW ActiveHybrid 3: $100,200        

  • M Sport Package – NCO
  • Luxury Line – NCO with the following additions:
    • Interior Trim, Fine-wood Burled Walnut with inlays, with Pearl Gloss Chrome accent lines
    • 19-inch Alloy wheels
  • Adaptive M Suspension
  • DABDigital Radio Tuner
  • Comfort Access
  • Head-Up Display
  • Driving Assistant
  • Lane Change warning
  • Rear View Camera
  • Surround View with Top View and Side View

Touring

BMW 318d: $63,900

  • 18-inch Alloy Wheels
  • Line (Sport, Luxury)
  • Bi-Xenon Headlights
  • Adaptive M Suspension
  • Head-Up Display
  • Instrument cluster with extended contents
  • Driving Assistant
  • Exterior Mirrors with Anti-Dazzle Function
  • Lane Change warning
  • Park Distance Control (PDC), front
  • Rear View Camera
  • Surround View with Top View and Side View
  • Electric Seats
  • Interior Lights Package

BMW 320i: $64,900

  • 18-inch Alloy Wheels
  • Line (Sport, Luxury)
  • Bi-Xenon Headlights
  • Adaptive M Suspension
  • Head-Up Display
  • Instrument cluster with extended contents
  • Driving Assistant
  • Exterior Mirrors with Anti-Dazzle Function
  • Lane Change warning
  • Surround View with Top View and Side View

BMW 328i: $73,800

  • 19-inch Alloy Wheels
  • Bi-Xenon Headlights
  • Adaptive M Suspension
  • DABDigital Radio Tuner
  • Comfort Access
  • Head-Up Display
  • Driving Assistant
  • Lane Change warning
  • Surround View with Top View and Side View
  • Stereo Loudspeaker System (six loudspeakers)

Gran Turismo

BMW 320i: $67,000

  • Bi-Xenon Headlights
  • Adaptive M Suspension
  • Head-Up Display
  • Instrument cluster with extended contents
  • Driving Assistant
  • Exterior Mirrors with Anti-Dazzle Function
  • Lane Change warning
  • Surround View with Top View and Side View

BMW 320d: $69,300

  • Bi-Xenon Headlights
  • Adaptive M Suspension
  • Head-Up Display
  • Instrument cluster with extended contents
  • Driving Assistant
  • Exterior Mirrors with Anti-Dazzle Function
  • Lane Change warning
  • Surround View with Top View and Side View

BMW 328i: $75,900

  • Bi-Xenon Headlights
  • Adaptive M Suspension
  • DABDigital Radio Tuner
  • Comfort Access
  • Head-Up Display
  • Driving Assistant
  • Lane Change warning
  • Surround View with Top View and Side View
  • Stereo Loudspeaker System (six loudspeakers)

* Manufacturer’s Recommended List Price is shown and includes GST and Luxury Car Tax (LCT) – if applicable, but excludes dealer charges, stamp duty, statutory charges and on-road charges, which are additional and vary between dealers and States/Territories. Customers are advised to contact their nearest MINI dealer for all pricing inquiries.