2016 BMW 3 Series adds two new variants; Gets minor exterior and interior updates
The BMW 3-Series is the ultimate choice if you wanted a luxury car that was a driver`s delight. But with increasing competition, the Bavarian based carmaker needed to get its act together and give the sedan a makeover. To keep up with the challenging times, BMW has given a minor cosmetic update and new powertrains to the 2016 model.
There are two new variants in the line-up of the 2016 3-Series range, both highly unlikely to make it to the Indian shores. Firstly the new 340i which gets the B58 inline six-cylinder turbocharged motor is going to replace the 335i. Cubic capacity continues to be 3.0 litres with the new motor generating 320 HP and 427 NM of twist. BMW claims the 340i can do the 0-100 kmph sprint in just 4.8 seconds coupled to the 8-speed automatic gearbox and an even quicker 4.6 seconds with the xDrive. The second new variant is the 330e plug-in-hybrid which forks out 250HP and 420Nm of torque. Electric only range is an estimated 35 km, while the sprint from standstill to 100 takes 6.1 seconds.
Apart from these two models the updated 3-Series gets a number of mechanical changes beneath the outer shell. The 8-speed auto-box now gets wider gear ratios which promises better fuel efficiency, new front struts for improved handling, rear dampers and an improved power steering system. The company is also offering a Track Handling Package for petrol powered models that offers a sports steering, Adaptive M suspension and M Sport brakes.
The exterior changes are not quite noticeable on the 2016 BMW 3-Series, with car getting new LED headlights which are optional. The rear features redesigned tail lamps, while the cabin gets an extra dose of chrome. Though the updates are not very comprehensive, the new 3-Series makes for a compelling all-round package.