Facelift for 3 Series
BMW has updated its 3 Series range convertibles and coupes, writes Mark Hinchliffe
THE wave of change flooding through BMW showrooms has caught up with the flash cars in the 3 Series range. The working-class Three sedans were updated more than a year ago and now it’s time for the Convertibles and Coupes, which get extra equipment, engine and economy improvements and the usual ‘‘facelift’’ updates. But prices are up by as much as $1440. In the engine room, the 335i two-door and droptop are the latest to switch to a single turbocharger with twin-scroll system, leaving the Z4 — which gets the tweak in a fortnight — as the last to change.
Power and torque remain the same, at 225kW and 400Nm, but there is an 8 per cent drop in fuel use.
The 335i also gets BMW’sMSport package as standard equipment.
There is a change, BMW Australia’s Alan Swanson says, with new dampers to give a more compliant ride, reducing the harshness of the run-flat tyres that are standard across the range.
Unfortunately, the new dampers don’t come with the M Sport suspension in the convertible, the car that most needs a compliant ride.
The M sport package is also available in the 320d, 325i and 330d as before, with largely the same inclusions, but slightly different trims.
The new 320d models are available with a manual transmission and all manuals across the range have stop/start technology, including the M3 with double-clutch transmission.
BMW claims the technology delivers fuel savings on the 320d manual coupe of 0.8 litres/ 100km, even though the diesel engine now pumps out an extra 5kW/30Nm (135kW and 380Nm).
BMW spokesman Piers Scott says a lot of buyers will take the manual transmission to get stop-start.
The number of models is unchanged, but an Innovations Package is now available for the 320d, 325i and 330d that includes new LED light features, adaptive headlights and satellite navigation. The 325i and 330d add an improved audio system and anti-dazzle mirrors.
Swanson says savings on the package are more than 25 per cent and he predicts more than 60 per cent of customers will take up the option. Styling changes to the update cars are minimal and only a BMW anorak will notice.
Oyster-coloured leather is now standard. There are three new metallic-paint options lifting the choices to 15, an extra interior trim