Whew, I was worried. When I discovered the 1 Series vintage 2015. thought that BMW had become adept big restyling. But the “new” 3 series reassures me: the German firm remains a facelift specialist who is not seen. The compact was an exception for two reasons: its design was far from unanimous and it was too far away from other productions brand. Two facts that do not apply to F30 and F31, which are therefore hardly touched at the famous LCI (Life Cycle Impulse, nothing to do with the information chain).
You have to be a specialist in the BMW 3 Series to quickly see what changes. The list of unpublished elements is thin. The high-end versions receive new full LED headlamps , which light signature heads beans grille. The air intakes in the bumper have been redesigned with the will to accentuate the width of the car. At the rear, the bumper is reviewed (good? Ah) while the lights inherit a new look, with a dash of diodes similar to that seen on the new 1 Series The color palette is enriched with new metallic colors with evocative names such as Champagne Quartz.
For the interior, there is not much to say, too. Fortunately BMW tells us in the press release where to look. There would thus be more chrome on the center console, a lid on the cup holder or extra storage between the driver and passenger. According to versions, upholstery and trim are changing. On the side of the equipment, no wave either. 2015 version of the BMW 3 Series receives nothing really new. She is content to enhance certain features . Assisted Automatic niche now handles maneuvers in battle, GPS Professional is faster and wins a free upgrade for three years.
BMW 3 Series : Birth of the 340i
Once again, it’s under the hood that changes are the most interesting in the end. With a milestone (the purists are being set conditions): 3 inherits a three cylinder block. This is the new 136 hp 1.5. It is the 318i declination. The rest is the evolution … at first. For if the powers do not change or little the 3 receives theengines from the new family of modular blocks , all sharing the same architecture with an arrangement of cylinders in line with unit capacity of 500 cm3.
The 320i and 330i (which replaces the 328i) are well equipped with a four-cylinder 2.0 turbo that develops 184 respectively (unchanged) and 252 hp ( 7 hp). The 340i becomes the 335i with a 3.0 six-cylinder 326 hp ( 20 hp). Regarding diesel, the basic model is still the 316d and retains a 2.0 four-cylinder. Above, the 318d and 320d pass 150 ( 7) and 190 hp ( 6). The 325d, 330d and 335d are at 218, 258 and 313 hp.According to versions, the box is a 6-speed manual or automatic, with excellent 8-speed Steptronic. No technical change for the M3.