3 Se­ries adds new fea­tures and spe­cial edi­tion models

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BMW has added some new fea­tures to its 3 Se­ries sedan range while also spic­ing things up with two new spe­cial edi­tions in South Africa.

For starters, LED head­lights and foglamps are now stan­dard on the 3 Se­ries, while the cabin has been given a dig­i­tal pimp­ing.

To that end, 3 Se­ries buy­ers can now opt for BMW’s TFT dig­i­tal in­stru­ment clus­ter, which can be per­son­alised via the Driv­ing Ex­pe­ri­ence Con­trol Switch. BMW has also up­dated the graph­ics of its iDrive in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem while those opt­ing for the Pro­fes­sional nav­i­ga­tion sys­tem will also get touch-screen func­tion­al­ity.

Buy­ers also get ad­di­tional ex­te­rior colour choices (in­clud­ing Sun­set Or­ange), new al­loy wheel choices, and new in­te­rior up­hol­stery and trim strip op­tions.

As for the new spe­cial edi­tions, the Edi­tion Sport Line will be avail­able in 318i guise only, while the Edi­tion M Sport Shadow ap­plies the the rest of the range from 320i to 340i. Let’s see what they have to of­fer. Edi­tion Sport Line Shadow You’ll tell this one apart from or­di­nary 3 Se­ries sedans by its black colour treat­ment for the grille sur­rounds, lower air in­takes and head­light as­sem­blies, as well as its dark­ened tail­lights and two-tone 18” al­loy wheels with con­trast Jet Black colour­ing.

In­side you’ll find a new sports steering wheel, sports seats up­hol­stered in a leather and cloth com­bi­na­tion, a con­trast­ing seam on the in­stru­ment panel and some new in­te­rior gar­nishes in the form of Dark Alu­minium Car­bon and Pearl Gloss Chrome.

The Edi­tion Sport Line Shadow com­mands a R44 900 pre­mium over the stan­dard 318i, with the man­ual priced at R537 600 and the eight-speed auto at R586 000. Edi­tion M Sport Shadow The Edi­tion M Sport also gets the black treat­ment for the grille, head­lights, tail­lights and lower air in­take, but gains the M Sport front bumper as well as 19” ‘M’ al­loy wheels and Chrome Black tailpipes.

BMW has also thrown in the M Sports sus­pen­sion sys­tem for this edi­tion as well as its Driv­ing Ex­pe­ri­ence Con­trol with Sport+ mode.

Black leather sports seats with blue con­trast­ing seams set it apart in­side, along with con­trast stitch­ing on the dash­board and a com­bi­na­tion of Pearl Gloss Chrome and Dark Alu­minium Car­bon in­te­rior gar­nishes.

That’s in ad­di­tion to an M leather steering wheel, An­thracite roof lin­ing and M door sills.

The Edi­tion M Sport Shadow models com­mand a R29 400 pre­mium over reg­u­lar M Sport 3 Se­ries de­riv­a­tives. Here’s what you’ll pay: 320i (from R605 700), 320d (R638 500), 330i (R684 000), 330e (R831 700), 330d (R774 500) and 340i (R830 600).

- IOL Mo­tor­ing

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