For the first time, BMW has introduced an EfficientDynamics version of the 3 Series Touring, which returns 65.7mpg.
You can now also buy all-wheel drive versions of the 3 Series Saloon and Touring – ideal for snowy UK winters, and surely making the 3 Series range one of the most appealing on sale.
The new BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Touring has a 163hp, four-cylinder diesel engine, EfficientDynamics technologies and optimised aerodynamics.
The BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Touring is available with both a six-speed manual gearbox and an eight-speed automatic. Both versions return an average fuel consumption on the combined cycle of 65.7mpg and CO2 emissions of 112g/km – accompanied by a 0-62mph time of 8.3 seconds.
A second new diesel variant in the line-up is the BMW 325d Touring. Its four-cylinder diesel engine features BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, developing 218hp and producing a maximum torque of 450Nm. The BMW 325d Touring has a 0-62mph of just 6.9 seconds, while averaging a combined 55.4mpg and CO2 emissions of 134 g/km on the EU test cycle. This engine variant will also be introduced simultaneously in the new BMW 3 Series Saloon.
The BMW 3 Series Touring range now has a new entry point with the introduction of the petrol-powered BMW 316i Touring. Powered by a 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology and developing 136hp, this engine is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, but an eight-speed automatic can be ordered as an option. The BMW 316i Touring accelerates from zero to 62mph in 9.4 seconds, while its average fuel consumption stands at 45.6mpg and CO2 emissions of 143g/km.
The most sporting variant of the range is the BMW 335i Touring, powered by the range-topping straight-six petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology that develops 306hp. A zero to 62 mph time of only 5.5 seconds – dropping to 5.2 seconds with the eight-speed automatic gearbox – demonstrates the performance on offer – along with fuel consumption of 34.9mpg and CO2 emissions of 189g/km.
For the first time in the UK the BMW 3 Series Touring and 1 Series Sports Hatch are now available with all-wheel drive from March 2013. News of these introductions also comes as xDrive comes to the 320d and 330d engines in the 3 Series Saloon range.
The 184hp BMW 320d xDrive Touring will make its UK debut alongside two other BMW 3 Series Touring variants, the 184hp BMW 320i xDrive Touring and the 258hp BMW 330d xDrive Touring. Both the BMW 320d and 320i xDrive Touring come with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard or an eight-speed automatic as an option. Completing the engine line-up, the BMW 330d xDrive will be available in both Touring and Saloon guise. Here, the xDrive system joins forces with a 258hp six-cylinder in-line diesel engine and an eight-speed automatic gearbox.
The 320d and 330d engines are also offered in xDrive guise for the 3 Series Saloon for the first time in the UK. In 2012 BMW sold 11,151 variants of the 320d making it the most popular single model in the BMW range and the addition of xDrive will help broaden the car’s popularity further. Meanwhile, the six-cylinder 258hp 330d xDrive Saloon offers drivers greater performance to go with the all-weather traction.
Completing the current UK xDrive line-up is the BMW 120d xDrive 5-door Sports Hatch, with manual transmission. The BMW xDrive system adds just 75kg to the total vehicle weight, helping to curtail CO2 emissions to just 123g/km and return 60.1mpg on the combined cycle.
The BMW 116i SE also has improvements in efficiency, which means it now emits just 125g/km, a saving of 7g/km, resulting in a Benefit-In-Kind (BIK) rate of just 16 per cent for company car drivers. The BMW 116d also sees a significant improvement with CO2 emissions falling to just 109g/km in both manual and automatic guise, a drop of 8g/km and 10g/km respectively without any drop in performance. This results in a fall of two BIK bands.
The BMW 1 Series Sports Hatch range will be on sale from March 2013 priced from just £17,510 for a BMW 114i ES 3-door Sports Hatch.
Finally, from March 2013 the BMW X1 range will expand to include a new entry model and a petrol variant for the first time in the UK.
The new BMW X1 20i will be available in sDrive and xDrive, using the efficient BMW 2.0-litre TwinPower Turbo petrol engine with TwinScroll Turbo technology. This new engine emits just 162g/km CO2 (157g/km when fitted with the optional eight-speed automatic transmission) whilst still travelling from zero to 62mph in just 7.4 seconds, when mated to the standard six-speed manual transmission.
Further to the addition of the first petrol variants, there will be a new entry point to ownership in the X1 range with the launch of the BMW X1 sDrive16d. This new model emits just 128g/km CO2 and on the combined cycle delivering 57.6mpg, whilst still managing a zero to 62mph of 11.5 seconds.
Available from March 2013, the BMW X1 is now available from just £23,930 for a BMW X1 sDrive16d SE, while the BMW X1 sDrive20i SE is available from £25,450.
The number of BMW models meeting the EU6 regulations will also increase from March 2013. With EU6 technology now optionally available on a wider range of cars including BMW Z4 sDrive18i, BMW Z4 sDrive20i and BMW Z4 sDrive28i, this brings the total number of EU6-compliant BMW models to 35.
The BMW 330d Touring was one of our Cars of the Year 2012 – with all-wheel drive it just became even more appealing.
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