BMW will release two updated BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo models before the end of the year.
The entry point to the two-tiered range has risen by $2300 to $70,400 (plus on-road costs) for the 320d, powered by a 140kW 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel engine matched to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The big change, though, is the 330i, which replaces the 328i. The new range topper still uses a turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, but performance steps up 5kW over the old model to 185kW. It’s more expensive, too, rising by $1100 to starting from $77,900, but it does improve fuel efficiency slightly.
Inside the 330i, a better version of BMW’s satellite navigation system is fitted as standard, complete with a new user interface, as is a full-length sunroof. The 320d adds improved smartphone connectivity.
Externally, the 3 Series GT gains a revised bumper incorporating restyled air intakes and LED fog-lights. New headlights that use the same LED bulbs for both low- and high-beam applications, combined with LED daytime running lights, carry over the twin headlight look. Adaptive headlights aren’t fitted as standard on the new models. Restyled LED tail-lights and the apron framing the larger-diameter twin exhaust system are used on both variants.
The 320d sits on 18-inch alloy wheels, 10mm lower than before on active suspension that includes selectable driving modes. The 330i uses slightly larger 19-inch rims, and carries over the 328i’s active rear spoiler that automatically deploys at speeds above 110km/h to reduce rear-axle lift.
The updated BMW 3 Series GT range is expected to hit Australian dealerships late this year.
320d Innovations Package, $2870
Active cruise control with stop-and-go function, parking assistant, Professional navigation system and a nine-speaker HiFi loudspeaker audio system.
320d Comfort Package, $2270
Steering wheel heating, Comfort Access, lumbar support for driver and front passenger, seat heating for driver and front passenger, and rear seat heating.
330i Innovations Package, $3500
Active cruise control with stop-and-go function, parking assistant and 16-speaker surround-sound audio system.
330i Comfort Package, $1730
Steering wheel heating, seat heating for driver and front passenger, and rear seat heating.
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