Cape Town - One of this year’s most eagerly anticipated new cars, BMW’s all-new 3 Series, has hit South African shores and, perhaps on a more bittersweet note, it is the first generation that will not be built in the country as Rosslyn’s export programme has shifted to the X3.
The new 3 follows the modern trend of reducing weight despite increased dimensions and to that end, it’s up to 55kg lighter than its predecessor, but 16mm wider, 1mm taller and 85mm longer, of which 41mm goes into the wheelbase to improve occupant space.
Just two engine derivatives will be available from launch, in the form of a 330i turbopetrol and 320d turbodiesel, both with a 2-litre engine capacity. The 330i produces 190kW and 400Nm, up 5kW and 50Nm on the previous version, while the 320d is good for 140kW and 400Nm.
A 320i turbopetrol, with 135kW, and a 330d turbodiesel, rated at 195kW, are set to join the range at a later stage.
New cabin tech