The best seller in the history of BMW has been refreshed for 2015, the F30 BMW 3 Series. Available as a sedan and Touring bodystyles, the latest 3 Series LCI (Life Cycle Impulse) receives some minor changes both on the outside and inside.
Notable changes on the outside include restyled front and rear lights and new front apron with new air intakes. The former benefit from LED technology.
Inside the cabin, you are able to spot extra chrome accents for the air vents, centre console panel and new sliding cover for you to place your drinks easily. Lastly, a new colour head-up display and a much faster Navigation Professional system are also available for the LCI 3 Series and the latter benefit with more realistic 3D graphics and free map updates for three years.
The biggest changes occurs under the hood. With 4 petrol and seven diesel engines, all meeting Euro 6 emission standards, power ranges from 136 hp (100 kW) to 326 hp (240 kW) for the former and 116 hp (85 kW) to 313 hp (230 kW) for the latter.
The 318i now has a 1.5-litre 3-cylinder petrol engine replacing the 4-cylinder 1.6-litre mill. With 136 hp and 220 Nm, 0-100 km/h can be done in 8.9 seconds and tops out at 210 km/h. The mid-range 330i (previously a 328i) features a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder petrol engine with 252 hp and 350 Nm.
Lastly, the 340i is the star of the 3-Series line-up. The 335i is gone in the new line-up and this new variant features a new N58 3.0-litre straight six turbocharged petrol engine with 326 hp and between 5,500rpm to 6,500rpm, and 450Nm of torque from 1,380rpm. Century sprint for this car are an impressive 4.8 seconds for the rear wheel drive versions while opt for the xDrive all wheel drive system, it cuts 0.2 seconds from its rear-drive sibling.
All engines are connected to a standard six-speed manual gearbox which has been significantly improved. The novelty of this gearbox is the new auto-blip feature for those who enjoy driving the 3 Series with three pedals. If manual does not suit you, BMW also offers an 8-speed automatic transmission which has been reworked for this model. It adopts a Proactive Driving Assistant, which uses navigation data to determine in advance where drivers what powertrain strategy to use based on the upcoming route.
It will go on sale in Germany in the 2nd half of this year.