BMW will introduce several changes to its 3-Series variants – including new gearboxes, lights, styling tweaks and an uprated three-litre straight six diesel coupé – at this year’s Detroit motor show.
BMW will introduce several changes to its 3-Series range – including new gearboxes, lights, styling tweaks and an uprated three-litre straight six diesel coupé – at this year’s Detroit motor show.
The German manufacturer will introduce new six-speed manual and SMG (sequential manual) gearbox options for 3-Series coupé and convertible models, which will also receive adaptive headlights that adjust their beam according to steering angle, and two-stage brake lights that illuminate brighter when the emergency braking distribution (EBD) system is activated.
The coupé will be offered for the first time with a diesel engine – a beefed-up version of the three-litre straight-six engine currently in use in the 330d in South Africa.
The 330 Cd powerplant will deliver 127 KW (about 15 kW more than the current 330d engine) and 410 N.m of torque. It will also be offered in the 3-Series saloon and Touring estate, in conjunction with the new six-speed manual gearbox
Reports say the six-speed will be offered as standard on all three-litre petrol and diesel variants, including the 320d/325ti Compacts.
In addition, DSC (dynamic stability control) will be offered as standard on all four-cylinder models, including the 318i that is sold here in South Africa.
The coupé, convertible and compact models all receive cosmetic changes, with smoother bonnets, a new front spoiler, new front light housings and indicators and a wider grille. These models will also be fitted with LED rear taillights, a new rear apron and, according to , park distance control sensors. The compact models, in particular, get a redesigned tail light cluster and sporty new side sills.