BMW 3 Series range expandsJune 25, 2012
The BMW 3 Series Saloon range is now being joined by a hybrid model, the ActiveHybrid 3, as well as a four-wheel drive version, M Sport variants, and the 330d.
The ActiveHybrid 3 is powered by the BMW TwinPower Turbo 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine along with a 40kW (55hp) electric motor. It develops a combined 340hp and 450Nm of torque, allowing it to reach 62mph from zero in just 5.3 seconds.
At speeds of up to 37mph the ActiveHybrid 3 can travel up to 2.4 miles purely on electric power supplied by its lithium-ion battery. With a combined fuel consumption of 47.9mpg and CO 2
emissions of 139g/km it attracts only an 18 per cent benefit-in-kind company car taxation rate. The ActiveHybrid 3 retains 390-litres of useable boot space. The BMW ActiveHybrid 3 is priced from £40,225 and is available in SE, Modern, Luxury and M Sport specification.
There are also other new additions to the BMW 3 Series range.
xDrive brings four-wheel-drive to the BMW 3 Series. Available initially on the 320i and powered by the 184hp TwinPower Turbo 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine, it costs from £27,400 for a BMW 320i SE. With the six-speed manual gearbox the 320i xDrive accelerates from zero to 62mph in 7.4 seconds and has fuel consumption and CO 2
figures of 41.5mpg and 159g/km. The optional eight-speed automatic transmission improves economy and emissions to 43.5mpg and 152g/km while adding only a tenth of a second to the zero to 62mph time.
There is now also a new 330d, which is powered by the 3.0-litre TwinPower Turbo six-cylinder diesel engine developing 258hp and 560Nm of torque. BMW eight-speed Sport automatic transmission is fitted as standard and it has a zero to 62mph time of 5.6 seconds, yet it is also extremely efficient with a combined fuel economy of 57.6mpg and CO 2
emissions of just 129g/km. The new BMW 330d Saloon is priced from £33,280 for a BMW 330d SE.
M Sport specification is now available across all variants of the BMW 3 Series Saloon for £3,000 over the cost of the SE model. Standard features include 18-inch M Star-spoke alloy wheels, M Sport suspension and M aerodynamic body styling with High-gloss Shadowline exterior trim. Dakota leather upholstery is standard alongside a unique M Sport multi-function leather steering wheel, Anthracite headlining, M Sport seats and M designation door sill finishers. A Sport+ function is also added to the Drive Performance Control switch.
In November there will be the arrival of the 316i Saloon and 320i EfficientDynamics Saloon. The 316i is powered by a 1.6-litre TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder engine developing 136hp and 220Nm of torque, and will be available from £22,850. With a combined economy of 47.9mpg, CO 2
emissions of 137g/km and a BIK rate of 18 per cent it will appeal to tax-conscious business drivers.
The 320i EfficientDynamics will have fuel economy of 53.3mpg and CO 2
emissions of just 124g/km, attracting just a 15 per cent BIK rate. The 320i EfficientDynamics is powered by a 170hp version of the 1.6-litre TwinPower Turbo engine. It will be available as a stand-alone model, based on the SE trim level, priced at £25,730.
There are also changes to the BMW 5 Series line up.
There’s a new 520d Gran Turismo, powered by the same 2.0-litre TwinPower Turbo diesel engine fitted to the 5 Series Saloon and Touring. It develops 184hp and 380Nm of torque and, thanks to a full complement of EfficientDynamics measures, including Auto Start-Stop and ECO PRO mode, the 520d Gran Turismo is capable of 53.3mpg, with CO 2
emissions of just 139g/km. This puts it in VED band E ensuring a BIK rate of 21 per cent.
The 520d Gran Turismo is available in SE or M Sport from £36,605.
All other versions of the 5 Series Gran Turismo gain Auto Start-Stop and ECO PRO which brings down their BIK rating by up to 5 per cent, while the 530d, 535d and 550i exhibit get gains in power and torque for improved performance. The 530d now develops 258hp and 560Nm – increases of 13hp and 20Nm – yet fuel consumption improves by 5.2mpg to 48.7mpg and CO 2
emissions are down by 20g/km to 153g/km.
The 535d gains 13hp and 30Nm to take it up to 313hp and 630Nm, but at the same time there is a 5.7mpg combined economy improvement, now 47.9mpg, and CO 2
emissions fall by 21g/km to 154g/km. The 550i develops 449hp and 650Nm– an extra 42hp and 50Nm – but CO 2
emissions are down by a huge 49g/km to 214g/km and fuel consumption is 5.5mpg better at 30.7mpg.
The power and torque figures of the 535i Gran Turismo are unchanged, but the addition of the new EfficientDynamics measures bring about a 17g/km reduction in CO 2
emissions to 192g/km while improving fuel economy by 2.7mpg to 34.4mpg. There are modest price rises of £375 for the 535i, £495 for the six-cylinder diesel models and £870 for the 550i.
The ActiveHybrid 5 is now available in M Sport specification, an option that is specified on more than half of all 5 Series ordered in the UK. The ActiveHybrid 5 M Sport features the same styling and equipment enhancements as other M Sport versions of the 5 Series Saloon range, with the exception of M Sport suspension and M door sill finishers. The BMW ActiveHybrid 5 M Sport is priced at £50,190.
All Touring versions now have automatic tailgate operation as standard for greater convenience for a price increase of £250, while all 5 Series variants gain Voice Control at no additional cost.
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