Facelift for 3 Se­ries

BMW has up­dated its 3 Se­ries range con­vert­ibles and coupes, writes Mark Hinch­liffe

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Prestige -

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

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