2019 Bmw 3 Series Release Date Release

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Turn 16, the last, longest, and fastest on the Algarve International Circuit in Portimão, Portugal, is a chassis engineer’s nightmare, a driver’s test, and an exercise in commitment in the new BMW M340i xDrive, currently the sportiest version of the new seventh generation of BMW’s 3-series sedan. The blind crest early in the long right-hander is useful both for tuning the car and for assessing its composure at the limit. Nail the line, commit to the throttle before the rise, and the all-wheel-drive sedan rotates confidently when it lightens before settling into the compression at corner exit. Get it perfect, right foot pinned to the floor, and the M340i will carry a neutral attitude all the way onto the front straight. It’s a delicate balance executed by a competent chassis and steering feel from this new 3-series that once again inspires confidence at speed. (READ: 2018 Bmw M8 Specs First Drive)

A Lighter, Larger 3-series

We drove two versions of the new G20-generation 3-series in Portugal: rear-drive 330i models on the street and the M340i xDrive on the track. The Cluster Architecture (CLAR) platform undergirding both cars is stiffer, lighter—shaving 120 pounds over the previous-generation model, according to BMW—and, yes, larger than the car it replaces. It grows 1.6 inches in wheelbase and 3.0 inches in overall length, and it has a wider track both front and rear. Still, the priorities are right: Its center of gravity is lowered 0.4 inch relative to the outgoing F30 3-series.

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Both the modest 255-hp four-cylinder 330i and the driver-focused, 382-hp inline-six–powered M340i offer class-competitive turbocharged powertrains with power gains of 7 and 62 horsepower, respectively, over the models they replace. Both demonstrated the composure we expect in the class thanks to a sincere effort by the chassis team and a genuine investment in hardware. The four-cylinder feels similar to most boosted 2.0-liter fours in this segment, offering adequate if uninspired power. Grunt comes early with this engine, but its high-rpm response doesn’t encourage chasing the redline. It’s certainly not slow, but its power delivery and sound make it more a tool than a toy. The six triggers deeper emotions. It’s smoother and sounds better, and it makes the M340i a seriously quick thing. Both models are available with rear- or optional all-wheel drive, with the rear-drive M340i exclusive to the U.S. market. This is no knock to ZF, but its ubiquitous and effective eight-speed automatic is regrettably the only transmission choice.

Pricing and Arrival Times

Pricing for the 2019 330i is the same as the 2018 model at $41,245, while the 2020 M340i starts at $54,995, roughly $2500 more than the old 340i equipped with the Track Handling package and summer tires. Adding xDrive to either model ups the tab by $2000. Expect the 2019 330i to be in dealerships in March 2019, with the M340i, a 2020 model, arriving in the summer. A 330e plug-in hybrid will follow in 2020, but there are no current plans to bring a diesel-powered 3-series or a wagon to the United States.

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That BMW has executed the perfect sports sedan remains to be seen. That it has made a vast improvement over the outgoing 3-series is without doubt.

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