New models join BMW 3 Series line-upBMW expands 3 Series range in the UK
03 July 2012
BMW has expanded its 3 Series model range in the UK, adding the hybrid-powered ActiveHybrid 3 and four-wheel-drive xDrive variants, plus a new M Sport trim level.
The three new 3 Series models will be launched next month.
BMW ActiveHybrid 3
The ActiveHybrid 3 is powered by BMW’s 3.0-litre petrol engine in tandem with a 55bhp electric motor to give a combined output of 340bhp. This gives strong performance, with a 0-62mph time of 5.3 seconds, while efficiency remains good.
BMW claims the ActiveHybrid 3 will return 47.9mpg combined with 139g/km CO2 emissions. That's 10g/km less than the larger 5 Series ActiveHybrid and equates to £120 car tax (VED).
The hybrid variant of BMW’s 3 Series saloon is priced from £40,225 and is available in the same four specification levels as the rest of the range.
BMW 3 Series xDrive
The German carmaker has also introduced a new four-wheel-drive model to the 3 Series range. The car will initially be available with a 184bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine.
Equipping the 3 Series with four-wheel drive has reduced efficiency, however, with claimed fuel economy dropping from 44.8mpg to 41.5mpg. CO2 emissions rise from 147g/km to 159g/km, meaning £170 car tax (VED) compared to the standard car’s £135.
Performance is good and is on a par with the regular 320i SE – with 0-62mph taking 7.4 seconds – while more traction should be afforded by the car’s four-wheel-drive system.
BMW 3 Series M Sport
BMW has extended the 3 Series line-up with the addition of its M Sport trim level. The new specification joins SE, Modern and Luxury vehicles and is available across the range, costing £3,000 more than SE models.
The M Sport trim gets 18-inch alloy wheels, leather upholstery, sports suspension, sports seats and a bodykit all fitted as standard.