The first-ever BMW 3-Series vehicle was first released globally in 1975. Currently on its seventh generation, the model received numerous facelifts and upgrades especially on its engineering and tech features. The 3-Series 330i M Sport was launched in the Philippines in June 2019.
The refreshed version of the BMW 3-Series boasts of a newly designed body, modernizing timeless aesthetic elements of the German brand. It connects the model’s historical design language to the contemporary styling philosophy that BMW currently employs to all new-generation models in their lineup.
The BMW 3-Series sports a sleek look with the brand’s signature double kidney grille flanked with LED headlamps and foglamps. Strong character lines and moldings emphasize its sports-sedan-like aesthetic. The vehicle appears as an executive sedan with its prominent stance, riding on either 16-inch or 18-inch alloy wheels, depending on the variant.
As with all vehicles in BMW’s lineup, the cabin of the 3-Series is equally premium. It comes with a minimalist layout and an outlined driver-oriented dashboard. The sedan boasts of more space than its predecessors.
Seats of all variants are wrapped in leather upholstery. The 330i M Sport is furnished with electric adjustability with memory function for the driver's seat. A couple of additional luxurious features on the latest model are ambient lighting controls and a fully-digital 5.1-inch instrument cluster.
Technology & Safety Features
The diesel variants come with the bare necessities in entertainment starting with a 6.5-inch color display onboard computer with six DVD Changer, USB, and Bluetooth connectivity. Meanwhile, the M3 has a more upgraded system in a full-color BMW Head-Up Display which also shows the vehicle’s road performance and controls. The latest 330i M Sport, on the other hand, is equipped with an 8.8-inch infotainment control screen that is connected to the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant system. It can be prompted upon mounting the car by saying “Hey BMW.” The system can provide information about the vehicle and can control central functions such as ambient lighting and temperature.
Among its slew of safety features are Electronic Brake Distribution, Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) with Cornering Brake Control, and Push start button as standard. The top-spec variants come with Brake Assist, front and rear parking sensors, Hill Start Assist, and Tire Pressure Monitoring as added safety features.
Platform & Chassis
The five-seater sedan is equipped with Independent MacPherson strut suspension in front and independent multi-link at the rear. However, the latest 330i M Sport comes with a Driving Experience Control system that allows the driver to adjust the suspension manually. Stopping power comes from disc brakes all around.
Engine & Drivetrain
There are three engine options for each of the variants of the BMW 3-Series. The 318d Luxury model is powered by a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder diesel engine attached to an 8-Speed Steptronic Automatic transmission that sends power to the rear wheels. It produces 150 hp and 320 Nm of torque. Following suit is the 320d M Sport that comes with the same engine, transmission, and drivetrain as the base variant but produces more power at 190 hp 400 Nm of torque.
Meanwhile, the BMW 3-Series Sedan M3 is powered by a 3.0-liter 6-cylinder gasoline engine mated to a 7-speed M Dual Clutch Transmission that sends power to the rear wheels. It can produce a powerful 450 hp and 550 Nm of torque.
Finally, under the hood of the 330i M Sport is a 2.0-liter TwinPower turbo engine capable of generating 258hp and 400Nm of torque. The engine is attached to an 8-speed Steptronic Automatic transmission that sends power to the rear wheels.