New BMW 3 Series arrives

By CARSIFU | 12 November 2015

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KUALA LUMPUR: The new BMW 3 Series has more powerful and efficient drivetrains, interior enhancements, and a host of ConnectedDrive technologies – the first in the Malaysian premium segment.

Price tags are RM208,800 (318i Luxury Line); RM238,800 (320i Sport Line); RM258,800 (320i M Sport); RM268,800 (320d M Sport) and RM308,800 (330i M Sport).

Prices for the premium sports sedan are on-the-road, without insurance with BMW Malaysia’s five-year unlimited mileage warranty and free scheduled service programme.

The Navigation System Professional for the 320d and 330i M Sport now boasts quicker start-up, faster route calculation and a better 3D visualisation in urban areas.

A full-colour, high-resolution Head-Up Display is also standard in the 330i.

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A SIM card built into the car enables connectivity and access to services from BMW ConnectedDrive without a smartphone.

The Concierge Service, for example, allows selecting points of interest while driving, such as restaurants or hotels, make a reservation if desired, and set them as a navigation destinations.

Another standard feature is Intelligent Emergency Call, where in the event that airbags are triggered, accident data and the car’s location are automatically sent via the built-in SIM card to the BMW Call Centre.

There is also BMW Online Office which uses the on-board SIM card to read, write and send emails from the car.

Other apps and services include Audible, Deezer, GoPro and Spotify.

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The 318i is the first 3 Series model with the award-winning TwinPower Turbo 1.5-litre 3-cylinder petrol engine, which delivers 136hp at 4,500 to 6,000rpm and torque of 220Nm at 1,250 to 4,300rpm.

As for the 320i and 330i, they have a new 2.0-litre 4-cylinder petrol engine.

In the 320i, this engine delivers 184hp at 5,000 to 6,500rpm and torque of 290Nm at 1,350 to 4,250rpm.

In the 330i, it is tuned with higher power output of 252hp at 5,200 to 6,500rpm and torque of 350Nm at 1,450 to 4,800rpm.

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As for the 320d, it has the latest 2.0-litre 4-cylinder diesel engine which delivers 190hp at 4,000rpm and torque of 400Nm at 1,750 to 2,500rpm.

All variants have an eight-speed Steptronic transmission, and fuel-saving measures include the ECO PRO mode, which is selected via the Driving Experience Control switch as well as Automatic Start/Stop function and Brake Energy Regeneration.

"The new sixth-generation 3 Series brings together highly attractive dynamic design with exceptional dynamics, efficiency and unbeatable practicality; just as it did four decades ago,” said BMW Group Malaysia managing director and CEO Alan Harris.

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