BMW has just launched the brand new 3 Series sedan that is expected to reach worldwide markets in February 2012. Although the sixth generation 3 series F30 has grown in size offering a slightly longer wheelbase, a wider track and some extra rear legroom, BMW are adamant that the new model is up to 45kg lighter than its predecessor, depending on the engine of course.
At the launch, BWM will be offering two diesel (120kW 320d EfficientDynamics and 135kW 320d) as well as two petrol (180kW 328i and 225kW 335i) variants. All of these variants will benefit from BMW TwinPower technology, which combines power with reduced overall fuel consumption.
The new sixth generation family will be available in a saloon (F30) first, a 3-series Touring estate (F31), a 3-series Coupe (F32) and then later a Convertible (F33).
Exciting technology can be found in the new Driving Experience Control system that allows the driver to customize the behaviour of the vehicle to suit certain driving conditions. In addition to the driver being able to switch between Comfort, Sport and Sport + settings that set engine, throttle and suspension maps accordingly, there is also an Eco Pro mode, which enables additional fuel savings of up to 20% an important aspect for BMW.
New to the 3 Series is the latest-generation full-colour Head-Up Display, which projects key information onto the car’s windscreen so the driver can look directly at it. Also available is Surround View with Side View and Top View that provides a bird’s eye view of the car. A parking assistance system also helps the driver to maneuver into basic and tricky spaces.
Pricing for the new 3 Series ranges between 35,350 euros (about R390, 000) for the 320d and 43,600 euros (about R480, 000) for the 335i.