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Brand-new BMW 3 Series driven


It was no secret BMW’s E90 3 Series was on its way out yet (with the of a handy, little sale) it one of South Africa’s top selling right to the very end of its life Will the all-new, sixth F30 just launched in SA have the appeal?

BMW’s history in Africa is practically the history of the 3 sedan – the most popular has been built at BMW Plant north of Pretoria, since and local cars have to a sales figure that 12-million over the past generations. The 3 Series, sold in 132 around the world, accounts for one of BMW’s sold worldwide.

at the pictures and take in the multitude of updates at your leisure – you may to steel yourself for the price


Three are available at launch and will be during the course of 2012, with the important 320i in For now, the 320d leads the charge while petrol power the all-new 328i and the All launch models have twin-scroll TwinPower Turbo

We set off on a route that took us BMW Rosslyn further north and into Mpumalanga and back to central via the city’s eastern on a mix of freeway, country and urban where the car’s new chassis and were allowed to do the entertaining.

The new 3 changes are more than The latest sedan’s wheelbase is longer at 2810mm and the overall car is longer than the E90 it replaces at The longer wheelbase also to a cabin that is more – especially for rear passengers – but on that a little later.

The car’s wider front and tracks (they’ve increased by and 47mm, respectively) have to create a sedan that more athletic than Despite the F30’s body about 25kg lighter, the use of steel and alloy combinations maded the chassis 50% stiffer.

translates into the real – and on the track, we found – into a car feels inherently sporty. The four-cylinder diesel delivers and a very useful 380Nm of which should make it a around town as well as on the road.

It proved to be quite when quick-fire overtaking was required and, as a bonus, the was delightfully quiet.


The headline act (for now) is the 335i with its turbocharged, straight six churning out 225kW and from only 1200rpm. engine’s capacity to work is particularly when presented an open road and with the Driving Experience Control tuned to either Sport or modes to fully exploit the explosive throttle responses and steering feel, for example.

The star performer, however, in the new F30 is the two-litre, four-cylinder petrol powering the 328i. The new-generation engine develops an entertaining and 350Nm but it in no way sounds as entertaining as the 330i it replaces.

While all the are available with BMW’s eight-speed auto transmission, we had the to test the limits of the 328i the standard six-speed manual at the Zwartkops Raceway, west of

Here the stock-standard car put on a display of balance and agility amid tyres and noxious brake around the tight and twisty with just a hint of keeping things entertaining.


If you’re a 3 fan in need of more sports, an M pack with special and interiof features will be out from mid-2012.

You may have had time to become accustomed to the styling since it looks like a mini-5 Series. The visual differentiator over its are the new angular headlight clusters now extend to the more prominent grille, while BMW’s short front overhang adds to the car’s imposing The rear, L-shaped light are in keeping with the current BMW

In line with the automaker’s of Efficient Dynamics, the entire 3 line-up is more efficient the one it replaces, thanks to a combination of materials and high-tech engines. stop/start is now available on all engine and combinations, the Driving Experience system has an Eco Pro setting to aid more driving, brake energy and a number of additional technologies to the 3 Series’ increased efficiency.

As with the 1 Series launched in South Africa in 2011, the new 3 Series comes a choice of three style called the Sport, Luxury and differentiated by grille and fog light treatments, separate cabin and colours for the key fobs.

Additional features include Connected Drive feature includes a parking assistant, view, active cruise with stop/start and a speed-limit setting. A windscreen info is also offered for the first in this car. BMW’s system is now standard.

With the revision of Mercedes-Benz’s C-Class in South Africa and the imminent of the facelifted Audi A4, BMW’s F30 3 is being launched into a hostile environment. And while BMW owners have proven in the past, the F30’s striking and widespread use of technology could well win it even more

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