BMW SA confirms 3 Series range expansion

BMW M340i

BMW South Africa has confirmed the 3 Series sedan range will be expanding with more engines. Here's what you need to know. 

The BMW 3 Series is the Munich-based manufacturer's bread-and-butter sedan model and when it launched in South Africa in early 2019, the range was a tad limited. There was just a 320d and a 330i, which covers the basics, but there's always been a diverse portfolio of engines to choose from. 

Now, BMW SA has confirmed that the 3 Series range will receive 3 new engines. The 320i, 330d and all-new M340i will be reaching showrooms before the end of 2019. For the petrolheads, the BMW M340i xDrive represents the fastest and most dynamic 3 Series you can buy before the all-new M3/M4 are revealed. With a turbocharged 6-cylinder engine churning out 285 kW and 500 Nm, this M340i can accelerate to 100 kph in a claimed 4.4 seconds thanks to all-wheel drive. An M Sport differential should make it entertaining to drive. 

Joining the M340i is the entry-level 320i featuring a 2.0-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder petrol engine with 135 kW and 300 Nm. The flagship diesel offering is also coming to South Africa. With 195 kW and 580 Nm, this will be the most powerful oil-burner in the portfolio. The 320i is said to consume 5.9 L/100 km, with its 330d sibling being more frugal at 5.2 L/100 km. 

There will be some additions to the colours and trim, with the full arsenal of BMW Individual catalogue being made available to customers who wish to personalise their vehicles. Pricing for the new additions to the BMW 3 Series range will be made available closer to the launch, which we estimate to be around September 2019.

Further Reading

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BMW 3 Series (2019) Launch Review

BMW 330i Sport Line (2019) Review

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BMW 3 Series (2019) International Launch Review (w/video)