One of the most popular compact executive cars ever produced, the BMW 3 Series has been around since 1975 and it is now into its eighth generation. Codenamed G20, the 3 Series saloon was unveiled at the 2018 Paris Motor Show.
Based on BMW’s Cluster Architecture (CLAR) platform, it has a double-wishbone (front) and multi-link (rear) suspension as well as a flat and covered underbody which results in a drag coefficient of between 0.26 and 0.23. Compared to its predecessor, the new 3 Series is 55 kg lighter, 85 mm longer and 16 mm wider. Weight distribution is 50:50 and its body is stiffer by 50%. Inside, the car is much quieter thanks to the use of double-glazed acoustic glass for the windscreen and increased insulation in the A-pillars.
The BMW 320IA Saloon Sport is powered by the 2-litre TwinPower Turbo 4-cylinder engine and it is rated at 184 hp and 300 Nm. With an 8-speed Sport automatic transmission handling gear-shifting duties, the car accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in just 7.1 seconds. Top speed is 240km/h – the highest figure ever for a “320” saloon.
Among the many standard exterior features are 18-inch light alloy wheels in V-spoke style, BMW Individual high-gloss Shadow Line components, electric glass roof with sliding and tilting functions and LED headlights and fog lights.
The cabin is roomy and very comfortable, thanks to a 2851 mm wheelbase, and equipment highlights include automatic 3-zone climate control, BMW Gesture Control, front Sport seats, BMW Love Cockpit Professional with Intelligent Personal Assistant, sports leather steering with paddle shifters, velour floormats, Sensatec upholstery and wireless charging.