BMW adds a cylinder to its entry-level 3 Series.
The 318i badge is set to return to BMW’s local product line-up during the second half of 2020, powered by a new engine.
BMW’s new 318i will also appeal to those who are not ardent believers in the downsizing engine trend. Unlike BMW’s previous three-cylinder 318i, the 2020 model is powered by a four-cylinder engine totalling 2-litre of capacity.
Outputs rate at 115 kW and 250 Nm, which are an increase of 15 kW ad 30 Nm over its three-cylinder predecessor. Economy is claimed at 5.3L/100 km
An eight-speed ZF automatic transmission channels torque to the rear wheels and on a high-friction surface, the 2020 model year 318i should be good for 0-100 kph in 8.4 seconds, before running a true top speed of 223 kph.
Although BMW has not announced pricing for its new 318i, it could possibly dip below the critical R600 000 threshold, when listing occurs later this year.
Beyond the news of a new South African market 318i, BMW is also making some significant changes to its 3 Series powertrains globally.
The German brand is doing what has become industry standard over the last year, announcing that mild-hybridization will soon feature within the 3 Series range.
BMW is set to build its new production surge of 320d, X3 xDrive20d and X4 xDrive20d with integrated starter-generators as standard. These mild-hybrid powertrain upgrades will add 8 kW to initial throttle response from a standing start, whilst also reducing fuel consumption in stop-start traffic conditions.