For the second half of his model life has BMW his 3er missed a fresh cell treatment. Externally, although quite discreetly, a lot has changed in the inner life, when the threesome will be in the shop windows in autumn.
The new is supposed to be recognizable as such, albeit with most viewers at the earliest at second glance. The front end has been changed slightly. The side air intakes in the front apron have become wider, the bumpers a little sharper. If you look deep into the headlights of the 3er, you also recognize the narrower shape of the lights, whose LED graphics reach as far as the famous "kidney". The daytime running lights trace the typical double headlights and reveal its origin even in the dark. The wide LED indicators now inform as a kind of "eyebrow" above the round lights about a planned change of direction. The same logic can be found at the rear, since the newly designed, reaching into the trunk lid LED taillights make the BMW seem broader. All this also applies to the 3er station wagon, which is called BMW Touring.
Restraint also when updating the interior. A few extra chrome accents, between the seats, the control panel in the center console is now held in glossy black and is complemented depending on the equipment of a so-called ambient light that provides a subtle backlight at night. Of course, everything is processed perfectly as usual, looks expensive and noble and invites you to order more extras. The most important thing, though: A BMW driver will immediately feel at home and find all the levers and switches without searching.
However, this does not apply to the engine compartment: Future users can choose from four gasoline and seven diesel when purchasing, opt for three, four or six cylinders. All come from the latest engine family, which is based on a seemingly simple principle. Each cylinder has a cubic capacity of 500 ccm, lined up so arise engines of 1.500, 2.000 or 3.000 cm3. The power range extends from 85 kW / 166 PS up to 240 kW / 326 PS. Consumption levels dropped by up to around 15 percent, depending on the model.
The threesome with its many variants (also four-wheel drive) is quite up to date again, 2016 follows a version with plug-in hybrid, which comes with their combination of gasoline engine and electric motor on 185 kW / 252 PS and according to official standard only should consume two liters on 100 kilometers. Electric range 36 kilometers, the battery can also be charged from the outlet.
Author: Peter Maahn / SP-X