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All-new BMW 3-Series revealed

BMW has revealed its all-new 3-Series compact executive saloon, with the new car hitting the UK next March.

The initial launch line-up will consist of 190hp 320d diesel and 258hp 330i petrol models. The diesel will also be available with xDrive four-wheel drive. Other engines will be added to the range through 2019, including a new BIK-friendly 330e plug-in hybrid. 

The emissions figures show a 110g/km entry point for the 320d auto, while the manual is at 115g/km and the auto-only xDrive emits 118g/km. The 330i is at 132g/km. Figures are reduced from those of the previous model, which is helped by the new car
weighing up to 55kg less than its predecessor. 

Fabian Kirchbauer Photography

BMW is claiming the new car’s design language “focuses on clean, precise lines to emphasis superior driving dynamics”, and it is 85mm longer, 16mm wider and 1mm taller than the outgoing car, with increased shoulder and head room for all occupants, as well as another 11mm of legroom for those in the rear seats. 

The cabin features a new instrument cluster, with the start-stop button moved down next to the gearlever and iDrive infotainment controller. 

The boot has the same 480-litre capacity as the previous model, but BMW said it has also created an additional 36 litres of space by partitioning separate storage compartments away from the primary stowage space. 

Trim levels run in the recognised format of SE, Sport and M Sport, with standard kit on the SE now including three-zone climate control, cornering LED headlamps, a reversing camera, electric folding mirrors and ambient interior lighting, as well as redesigned seats claimed to offer more long-distance comfort. 

Sport trim now features heated leather sports seats. SE and Sport get an 8.8-inch touchscreen, rising to 10.3-inch as an option, or standard on M Sport. 

Safety kit on all cars includes lane-departure warning, autonomous emergency braking with collision and pedestrian warning and cruise control. The new 3-Series also features what the firm calls its Intelligent Personal Assistant, which responds to the ‘Hey BMW’ voice activation to operate various functions within the car, including infotainment, navigation and climate control, as well as explaining how some of the car’s functions, such as High Beam Assistant, work. 

BMW has dramatically cut back on what was historically a lengthy options list, and there will now be six packages of options, and around 10 individual ones.

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