For those who wants to own a piece of the new BMW 3 series but would not want to fork out extra dough for the 328i, hereís a piece of good news as BMW has announced plans to offer a wider range of engine options for the 3 series, including one of Singaporeanís all-time favorite, the 320i.
The new 320i is powered by a 2.0L four cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that produces 184 bhp and 270 Nm of torque. This is the same unit that propels the new BMW 520i that recently went on sale in Singapore. Equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission, the new 320i hits 100km/h in 7.6 seconds, shaving off 2.2 seconds from its predecessor and yet uses 6.2L/100km of petrol on the combined cycle, representing a 18% reduction in fuel consumption.
Moving on to the diesel options, the 2.0L 318d produces 141 bhp with 320Nm of torque. It allows the car to run from 0-100 km/h in 9.1 seconds and hit a top speed of 210 km/h while returning 4.5L/100km with CO2 emissions of 117g/km. The 316d, which is also a 2.0L, is rated at 114 bhp and 260Nm of torque. It hits the 100km/h mark in a more leisurely 10.9 seconds before topping out at 202km/h. It is slightly more environmentally friendly than the 318d by drinking oil at a rate of 4.4L/100km and producing CO2 at 115g/km.
In related news, BMW will offer the xDrive all-wheel drive system on the 320d, 320i, 328i and 335i. The 320d xDrive will be launched in July and the other models will follow shortly after that.