As previously anticipated, BMW premiered the all new BMW 3 Series Sedan for 2019 during the recent Paris Motor Show 2018. With the more dynamic design, agile handling, exceptional efficiency and innovative equipment features, it takes the signature characteristics of a BMW and turns the volume up several notches.
First, it looks sharper, bolder and more sporty than its predecessor — a clear, precise expression of sporting prowess. BMW’s new design language showcases the modern and dynamic character of the new BMW 3 Series Sedan with precisely drawn lines and strikingly contoured surfaces. It is 76 millimetres longer than its predecessor (at 4,709 mm), 16 millimetres wider (1,827 mm) and just 1 mm taller (1,442 millimetres). The car’s 41-millimetre longer wheelbase (2,851 mm) and increased track widths (front: + 43 mm, rear: 21 mm), meanwhile, have a direct and positive influence on its poise and agility.
Its most prominent design feature is the kidney grille and the headlights. Their familiar two-way split is emphasised by an eye-catching notch in the front apron that rises up into the headlight contour. The dynamic side view is shaped by a pair of character lines and a dynamic side skirt contour. The trailing edge of the side window graphic with its Hofmeister kink design cue is now integrated into the C-pillar. Horizontal lines and slim, stylishly darkened LED lights give the rear a wide and muscular stance
The brand’s new design language also brings a clear arrangement of surfaces to the interior of the new BMW 3 Series Sedan. The cabin is spacious and the cockpit is designed to enhance driver’s concentration on the road.
Extended shoulder and elbow room in the front seats and additional legroom, seat comfort and ease of entry and exit all contribute to the generous feeling of space in the interior. Plus, the new BMW 3 Series Sedan’s 480-litre boot offers improved loading comfort. A 40:20:40 split-folding rear backrest is part of standard specification, while automatic boot lid operation and a trailer coupling that can be extended and retracted again electrically are both options.
Five powerful and efficient engines will be available from the start of sales for the new BMW 3 Series Sedan. The line-up comprises a pair of four-cylinder petrol engines with 135 kW/184 hp in the BMW 320i and 190 kW/258 hp in the BMW 330i, plus two four-cylinder diesels with 110 kW/150 hp in the BMW 318d and 140 kW/190 hp in the BMW 320d. A 195 kW/265 hp six-cylinder in-line diesel engine powers the BMW 330d.
Innovative chassis technology prioritises enhanced driving dynamics, agile handling characteristics, high-precision steering and superior braking performance. Overall, the new BMW 3 Series Sedan weighs up to 55 kilograms less than the corresponding predecessor model, depending on the model variant and equipment fitted. The new BMW 3 Series Sedan also has a low centre of gravity and 50 : 50 weight distribution, while the stiffness of the body structure and suspension mountings have been significantly increased. Optimised aerodynamics reduce the car’s drag coefficient to 0.23 (BMW 320d). The standard-fitted suspension and optional M Sport suspension both include lift-related dampers, which are making their debut in a BMW model. They make a major contribution to the balance between sportiness and comfort.
Making its debut in the new BMW 3 Series Sedan is the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant, an intelligent, digital character that responds to the prompt “Hey BMW.” One unique feature over other digital assistants is that drivers can give him a name. The arrival of the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant ensures there is always a genuine BMW professional on board. He is able to explain all sorts of different functions (“How does the High Beam Assistant work?”), provide current status information (“Is the oil level okay?”) and help answer questions (“What warning messages do I have?”). The Intelligent Personal Assistant is, in short, the ideal co-driver and comes in particularly useful during everyday driving by responding to natural voice commands to help the driver with numerous tasks, such as enhancing productivity and onboard entertainment. The range of functions and skills available will be constantly expanded as part of regular updates, which can be carried out seamlessly on a smartphone and in-car by Remote Software Upgrade.