BMW has updated its most popular sedan, the 3 Series.
The four-door features targeted enhancements to the front and rear to emphasise its sporty design, with a revised feature set vastly improving the interior over the outgoing generation.
However, it must be noted that the South African specifications of the new 3 Series must still be confirmed, with the below information being applicable to German models.
The new 3 Series sees a redesigned front fascia, incorporating sleeker LED headlights, daytime running lights in an L shape, a reshaped kidney grille with double vertical struts, enlarged air intakes in high-gloss black, and new contour lines.
Around the rear, you’ll now find more body-coloured surfaces, a revised rear apron, slimmer lights, and an exhaust system that’s 90mm or 100mm in diameter – depending on the engine variant.
Additionally, the entire updated 3 Series range boasts the M High-gloss Shadowline design package as well as 17-inch light-alloy wheels.
On the inside, standard fitment now includes a curved infotainment system comprising a 12.3-inch instrument cluster and a 14.9-inch media display running the latest iDrive 8 operating system.
Moreover, each new BMW comes with a redesigned shifter lever, three-zone climate control with voice command, an automatically dimming rear-view mirror, and all-round parking sensors.
A range of advanced driver assistance systems can also be installed.
M Sport package Pro
Buyers who want the sportiest 3 Series they can get will be able to option the revised M Sport package as well as a new M Sport package Pro.
The standard M Sport package brings a honeycomb-pattern kidney grille, model-specific front and rear aprons, and 18-inch alloy wheels with mixed-sized tyres.
Stepping up to the Pro adds the extended M High-gloss Shadowline package, the M Lights Shadowline package, and the M Sport braking system with red callipers.
The range of colours has also been expanded to include Skyscraper Grey Metallic, M Brooklyn Grey Metallic, BMW Individual Frozen Pure Grey Metallic, and Frozen Tanzanite Blue Metallic – as well as a selection of 150 special-paint finishes.
The new 3 Series will be offered with one turbo-diesel and up to four turbo-petrol engines, spanning four and six-cylinder capacities – depending on the market.
The range features 48V mild-hybrid technology and generates between 110-285kW with combined fuel consumption ranging from 1.8-8.7l/100km.
“Mild hybrid technology brings particularly rapid response and increased efficiency to the six-cylinder in-line petrol engine and the diesel unit,” said BMW.
As part of the mid-life update, the popular sedans are now also equipped with an eight-speed Steptronic transmission and gearshift paddles on the steering wheel as standard – while the range-topping model gets the xDrive all-wheel-drive system.
Available as an option is an eight-speed Sports transmission with sharper shifts, as well as Launch Control and Sprint functions.
“The new BMW 3 Series Sedan will be available in South Africa from the end of the third quarter of 2022,” said BMW South Africa.
The company also said that South Africa will not receive the Touring body style.