After the introduction of the new 320i, 316d and 318d models earlier this year, BMW is once again expanding the range of the 3-Series in Europe and other parts of the world with new engines and all-wheel drive variants.
Towards the end of 2012, the Bavarian automaker will launch a new entry-level version of the 3-Series sedan, the 316i boasting a 1.6-liter twin-scroll turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine with 134hp (136PS) under its hood.
Power will be transferred to the rear wheels via a standard 6-speed manual gearbox or an optional 8-speed automatic, with the 316i completing the 0 to 100km/h (62mph) sprint in 8.9 seconds, while returning CO2 emissions of 134g/km.
The second new model is the 320i EfficientDynamics Edition, which swaps the 320d EfficientDynamics Edition's 161hp (163PS) 2.0-liter turbo diesel for a 168hp (170PS) 2.0-liter turbo gasoline four-cylinder engine.
A manual 6-speed gearbox takes care of power transmission with the 320i EfficientDynamics Edition passing the 100 km/h yardstick in 7.6 seconds, and returning an average fuel consumption of 5.2/100 km (45.2 mpg US or 54.3 mpg UK) with CO2 emissions of 124g/km. As with the 316i, the market launch for this model is planned for the end of 2012.
From July, BMW will launch the M Sport Package for the 3-Series sedan comprising styling and chassis upgrades.