2017 BMW 3-Series preview

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The current generation of BMW’s venerable 3-Series is now entering its sixth year on the market and even though a successor has been spotted there are still some significant updates to be found on the existing car.

For the 2017 model year, expected to be the last for the current 3-Series, there’s a new 4-cylinder engine, a plug-in hybrid model and changes to the standard equipment and options on some models.

We’ve already detailed the new plug-in hybrid model. It’s called the 330e i Performance, and it comes with a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine working in conjunction with an electric motor integrated with an 8-speed automatic transmission. Peak output is 248 horsepower and drive is to the rear wheels only.

The 2017 BMW 3-Series lineup starts with the 320i, which sports a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder delivering 180 hp. Next up is the 328d diesel model whose turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder delivers 181 hp, and then a new 330i model equipped with a new turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder delivering 248 hp. Further up is the 330e i Performance with its 248-hp plug-in hybrid setup, the 340i with a 320-hp turbocharged 3.0-liter 6-cylinder, and range-topping M3 with a 425-hp turbocharged 3.0-liter 6-cylinder.

2017 BMW 3-Series Gran Turismo

2017 BMW 3-Series Gran Turismo

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Depending on the model, buyers can choose between 6-speed manual or 8-speed automatic transmissions and between sedan, wagon or "Gran Turismo" hatchback bodystyles.

Among the changes to the equipment, the available navigation system features the latest iDrive 5.0 system; a Venetian Beige trim is now being offered; and wireless charging, a Wi-Fi hotspot and enhanced USB and Bluetooth connectivity are fitted as standard. The former Sport and Luxury Lines, now referred to as Sport And Luxury Packages, are also being offered, including as a no-cost option for 340i buyers instead of a standard M Sport Package.

Pricing details for the complete range is as follows:

2017 BMW 320i - $34,145
2017 BMW 320i xDrive - $36,145
2017 BMW 328d - $40,945
2017 BMW 328d xDrive - $42,945
2017 BMW 328d Sports Wagon- $45,145
2017 BMW 330i - TBA
2017 BMW 330i xDrive - TBA
2017 BMW 330i xDrive Sports Wagon - $43,645
2017 BMW 330i xDrive Gran Turismo - $44,645
2017 BMW 330e i Performance - $44,795
2017 BMW 340i - $48,595
2017 BMW 340i xDrive - $50,595
2017 BMW 340i xDrive Gran Turismo - $50,345
2017 BMW M3 - $64,995

All figures include BMW’s $995 destination charge.

For more on the BMW 3-Series, read the in-depth reviews over at The Car Connection.

 
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