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BMW reveals facelifted 2016 3 Series

BMW revealed the facelifted 3 Series range for 2016. It is aiming to fight back against the newly launched Jaguar XE with this cleaner and plusher 3 Series, due on sale this summer.

The German manufacuter aims to make its mainstream executive saloon more agile and involving to drive, while improving refinement and lowering CO2 emissions. The ultimate goal of course is to make it a more appealing company car choice. But will they succeed?

Besides the mild refresh in the form of new headlights and reprofiled rear and front bumpers, the big news is ta refreshed range of engines in the new 3 Series.

The brand will be retiring the old 316i and replacing it with the 318i 1.5 liter three cylinder turbo engine. This is the same engine already used in the 2 Series Actie tourer and the Mini ranges. Engine will produce 136 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque while the factory consumption is listed at 5.0l/100km.

Besides the entry level engine, there’s the new 340i with the B58 turbocharged, inline-six engine to replace the 335i. Displacement is still 3.0-liters, but the latest upgrade produces 320 horsepower and 330 pound-feet of torque – gains of 20 hp and 30 lb-ft over the outgoing model. BMW estimates the 340i can reach 60 in 4.8 seconds with the standard eight-speed automatic or in 4.6 seconds with xDrive. A six-speed manual is also available as a no-cost option.

The other new member of the family is the 330e plug-in hybrid, and it joins the lineup later in the year. BMW isn’t specifically talking about the PHEV’s powertrain, but the company estimates total output of 250 hp and 310 lb-ft. The sprint to 60 is forecasted at 6.1 seconds, and the range on electric power is predicted at 22 miles. Fuel economy isn’t disclosed yet.

There’s also a Track Handling Package for gas-fueled models that combines Variable Sport Steering, Adaptive M Suspension and M Sport Brakes with high-temperature pads. The nav system accepts over-the-air map updates now, as well.

LED units are optional on the 320i, 328i, and 328d, and they’re standard on the 340i. The rear features reshaped LED taillights, and inside there’s additional ambient lighting and chrome trim. In one other small adjustment, the look of the Sport Line package with black trim on the grille, B-pillars and rear bumper is now included on the 328i, 328d and 340i.

Anze Hribar

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