Out of so many car launches happening throughout the year, one that is sure to excite both car enthusiasts and the masses alike will be the unveiling of a new iteration of an iconic range such as the BMW 3 series. Here it is—the seventh generation of the BMW 3 Series, all set to continue the success story of its predecessors and raise the benchmark in the premium sports sedan segment.
“For over 45 years, the 3 Series has continuously raised the benchmark for Sheer Driving Pleasure in the premium automotive industry,” said BMW Group Malaysia managing director Harald Hoelzl. “Today, the All-New BMW 3 Series in its seventh generation, takes the signature characteristics of a BMW to another level with a new dynamic design, superior driving dynamics as well as technology and innovation never seen before in the Malaysian automotive industry.”
What’s different from the previous generation
At launch, the new G20 BMW 3 Series is offered in just the single M Sport variant. It is significantly larger than the sixth generation model, measuring 76mm longer (4,709mm), 16mm wider (1,827mm) and 6mm taller (1,435mm), with a wheelbase that is 41mm longer (2,851mm). However, 25kg has been shaved off the weight, so you can expect a lighter, more rigid vehicle with excellent aerodynamics—thanks to the athletic yet elegant lines of the exterior.
The classic kidney grille is also bumped up in size and width, extending to the twin headlights which are fully LED-equipped. At the rear, the taillights are fitted with an L shape and smoked glass for a more dramatic, aggressive look.
Under the bonnet you’ll find the latest version of BMW’s formidable 2.0-litre TwinPower Turbo petrol engine, with an output of 250 hp with a peak torque of 400 Nm from 1,550 to 4,400rpm. It can go from 0 to 100km in just 5.8 seconds—we can attest to this after a test drive in it at the launch. Plus, that engine purr when you accelerate on Sports Mode? Music to our ears.
The new 3 Series’ S Sport suspension highlights BMW’s first-ever lift-related dampers, which works to neutralise the vibrations that occur when you slow down to go over bumps and makes for dynamic cornering. The immaculate chassis construction also allows for enhanced driving dynamics, and improved handling and steering precision.
Cool new (functional) features
On top of the Parking Assistant, which assists in maneuvering out of tight parking spots, it features the new Reversing Assist, an intuitive system that remembers the last 50 metres of the drive and is able to use that knowledge to help you exit the parking spot.
As we settle into the era of digital assistants, the new BMW 3 Series incorporates one of its own with the Intelligent Personal Assistant, where you can control vehicle functions navigation and air-conditioning simply by speaking to it.
We’ve also come to an era where your smartphone can unlock cars and start its engine. With the BMW Digital Key feature, the new 3 Series can be locked and unlocked with a selection of Samsung Android smartphones via Near Field Communication (NFC) technology. This is done simply by placing your phone at the door handle. The engine can then be started by placing the phone in the designated charging tray—all hail technology.
The G20 BMW 3 Series retails at RM328,800 (on the road, without insurance). For more information and to book a test drive, visit the website.
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