2018 Paris Motor Show: 2019 BMW 3 Series

© Mike Meredith, Automotive Content ExperienceNew 3 Series
In Paris BMW unveiled the seventh generation of its best-selling model ever — the 3 Series — at the 2018 Mondial de l’Auto. For more than four decades, this iconic sport sedan has been the benchmark against which all other sport sedans are measured. The BMW 3 Series originally arrived in the U.S. in 1976 as a 1977 model, and the all-new BMW 3 Series offers the next step forward in design, suspension, engines and technology.

© Mike Meredith, Automotive Content ExperienceNew Design
As the German automaker’s most successful model, the 3 Series has sold more than 15 million units worldwide since its debut, and this next generation builds on that success with a striking new design and larger dimensions. At the front, the 2019 3 Series is low and wide with large BMW kidney-shaped grilles surrounded by a single frame and wide bars that connect to the headlights.

© Mike Meredith, Automotive Content ExperienceDual Headlights
Speaking of headlights, the units on the new 3 Series are smaller than the previous generation, and the dual elements get highlighted by the top line of the bumper that rises up to shape the lower edge of the lights. Full-LED headlights are standard, along with optional LED headlights that include additional features and U-shaped LED running lights. Optional adaptive LED headlights with BMW Laserlight include hexagonal daytime running lights and blue L-shaped elements in the headlight unit.

© Mike Meredith, Automotive Content ExperienceDesign Elements
The new 3 Series hood includes four contour lines that flow forward to the kidney-shaped grille, and the front bumper contains horizontal T-shaped outer air intakes that also integrate optional fog lights. In profile, two lines at door-handle level rise up to the rear, and a line at the side skirts draws attention to the rear wheel arches. The Hofmeister kink, a signature BMW design element at the rear of the side window frame, has been moved to the C-pillar to give the rear doors a clean glass edge.

© Mike Meredith, Automotive Content ExperienceRear Design
The 3 Series side surfaces flow into the rear bumper, and the lower skirts extend upward through the rear lights to a spoiler lip on the trunk lid. The rear design features horizontal lines for a wide stance, complemented by thin, dark light units that include L-shaped LED taillights. The outer edges of the bumper include T-shaped elements with reflectors that echo the design of the front air intakes. The front and rear bumper designs vary with optional Sport Line, Luxury Line and M Sport.

© Mike Meredith, Automotive Content ExperienceModel Lineup
The 2019 BMW 330i and 330i xDrive all-wheel drive are scheduled to go on sale in March 2019, powered by an upgraded TwinPower 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine producing 255 horsepower between 5000 and 6500 rpm, and 295 lb-ft of torque from 1500 to 4400 rpm. The new engine delivers 7 horsepower and 37 lb-ft of torque more than the previous version. For the U.S. market, the 2019 BMW 330i will start at $40,250 plus a $995 destination charge, and the all-wheel drive 330i xDrive will be offered at $42,250 plus the $995 destination. The BMW 330e iPerformance plug-in hybrid will arrive in early 2020.

© Mike Meredith, Automotive Content ExperienceBMW M Performance
The BMW M430i and M430i xDrive will be added in spring 2019, powered by a new inline 6-cylinder engine with M Performance chassis tuning, xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive and a standard M Sport rear differential. The new M Performance variant will be powered by a new turbocharged inline 6-cylinder engine producing 382 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque, with acceleration from zero to 60 mph estimated at 4.2 seconds.

© Mike Meredith, Automotive Content ExperienceNew Steptronic Transmission
Both the BMW 330i and 330i xDrive are equipped with a new 8-speed Steptronic transmission with a wider gear spread for improved acceleration, quicker shift times, launch control and shift paddles behind the steering wheel for manual shifting. The transmission uses data from the optional navigation system and optional radar cruise control to adapt the shift strategy to the route and driving situations, such as downshifting early or avoiding unnecessary gear changes. In EcoPro or Comfort modes a coasting function disconnects the driveline for more efficiency when performance and comfort are not compromised.

© Mike Meredith, Automotive Content ExperienceBMW xDrive
The latest version of BMW’s xDrive all-wheel-drive system is lighter and more efficient than the previous model and retains the rear bias for sporty driving dynamics. Torque transfer between the front and rear axles is managed by an electronically-controlled multi-disc clutch in the transfer case, with more torque delivered to the rear wheels in normal driving situations and up to 100 percent of the torque directed to the rear wheels in some cases.

© Mike Meredith, Automotive Content ExperienceInterior Design
The modern design of the new 3 Series interior emphasizes horizontal lines and spaciousness with electro-plated trim and lines that extend into the door panels, as well as a high center console. A large screen contains the instrument cluster and central control display. The center console includes the start/stop button, a new selector for the automatic transmission, iDrive controller and buttons for the Driving Experience Control switch. Sport seats are standard with Vernasca leather available as an option in a choice of five colors, with quilting and seam patterns depending on trim level.

© BMW of North AmericaLonger and Wider
The new 3 Series is 2.9 inches longer, 0.6 inches wider and 0.5 inches taller than the previous model. The wheelbase is 1.6 inches longer with the front track increased by 1.7 inches and the rear track by 0.8 inches. Weight has been reduced up to 121 pounds depending on equipment, with a 50:50 distribution. Overall the chassis is 25 percent more rigid.

© BMW of North AmericaNew Suspension Technology
The 2019 3 Series is the first BMW model to include new shock absorber technology with lift-related dampers. The new shock absorbers are continuously variable and adjust the damper firmness progressively to help tune the car’s handling and steering dynamics for a unique balance between sportiness and comfort. Both the standard and optional M Sport suspensions include the lift-related damping technology. The optional Adaptive M suspension combines the characteristics of the M Sport suspension with electronically-controlled dampers to adjust damping force separately at each wheel. Available performance options include M Sport high-performance lightweight brakes, an M Sport differential and variable sport steering.

© BMW of North AmericaThree Distinct Lines
The new 3 Series will be offered in Sport Line, Luxury Line and M Sport configurations with specific exterior design elements, interior design features and equipment packages for each line. The standard Sport Line includes high-gloss Shadow Line trim for the side windows, kidney grille bars, air intake and rear apron, with standard sport seats for driver and passenger and high-gloss black interior trim.

© Mike Meredith, Automotive Content ExperienceLuxury Line
The Luxury Line adds chrome trim for the kidney grilles, front air intake and rear apron. Inside, the Luxury Line adds Vernasca leather-trim seats, a Sensatec instrument panel, Sensatec door trim and high-gloss Ash grey brown trim.

© Mike Meredith, Automotive Content ExperienceM Sport
The M Sport adds standard M Sport suspension or optional Adaptive M Suspension with Variable Sport Steering. The M Sport adds larger air intakes at the front with more aggressive side skirts and a rear apron design with high-gloss Shadow Line trim, high-gloss black kidney grille bars, high-gloss black air intake trim and a rear diffuser in Dark Shadow. Inside, the M Sport includes sport seats with M Sport upholstery, an M leather steering wheel, anthracite-color headliner and Aluminum Tetragon interior trim.

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