The new BMW 3: Good for driving, good for the internetEdward Green ▼ | Tuesday July 15, 2008 2:00AM ET
BMW 3 Saloon and Touring look better than ever. They have rear-wheel drive with fine axle load distribution and steering precision, all that leading to driving dynamics that captures our hearts. Of course, superior driving capabilites don’t forget the ecology and the new series has minimised pollutant emissions. Thanks to the new technology EfficientDynamics, the new BMW 3 Series achieves significantly lower fuel consumption and exhaust emission levels with each of the ten engine variations.
The new features include the even more optimised electronically controlled all-wheel drive system xDrive. That system variably distributes the drive force between front and rear wheels and enhances driving dynamics and stability of the car. The new BMW 320d xDrive is available as a Saloon and Touring model. The BMW 318d has an average fuel consumption of just 4.7 litres per 100 kilometres and it is now also available with a 6-speed automatic transmission.
Parallel to the launch of the new BMW 3 Series Saloon and the new BMW 3 Series Touring, a new 7-speed sports automatic transmission with double clutch will be presented for the Coupé and the Convertible of the series. This allows further improved acceleration figures in the models BMW 335i Coupé and BMW 335i Convertible, and this added dynamic performance. The 7-speed sports automatic transmission with double clutch shifts without interrupting traction.
The new design emphasizes sporty and elegant appearance.
There are design accentuations in the front and the sides which brings the dynamic character of the new BMW 3 Series Saloon to the daylight. The new BMW 3 Series Touring enhances its sporty, elegant profile with new visuals recognisable from all perspectives.
The modern, high-quality interior of the BMW 3 Series has been further enhanced with modifications in the selection of materials and surface design. The modern design concept is also applied, with its convex-concave surfaces, sporty elegance and technology-oriented aesthetic style.
BMW ConnectedDrive makes BMW the first automobile manufacturer in the world to enable unlimited use of the internet inside the vehicle when stationary. Internet access is available for the new BMW 3 Series as a special equipment option at attractive flat-rate conditions. The transfer of data is based on EDGE technology. ■