Johannesburg - The seventh-generation 3 Series is only due to hit South African streets during the first quarter of 2019, but you can already configure the first two available model derivatives on BMW's local website.
Offered from launch is the 320d diesel, which starts at R649 253, and the 330i petrol, which is yours from R652 415.
The 320i and M340i xDrive models will join the range later in 2019, BMW SA tells us, while at this stage there is no word on whether there will be a new 318i entry level 3-Series.
The 330i is powered by an improved version of BMW’s 2-litre turbopetrol engine, now good for 190kW and 400Nm in this guise, which is a 5kW and 50Nm improvement over its predecessor, and enough to get the car from 0-100km/h in just 5.8 seconds, says BMW.
The 320d’s 2-litre turbodiesel also enjoys various improvements and is rated at 140kW and 400Nm.