First unveiled last October, the all-new BMW 3 Series (codenamed G20) makes it ASEAN debut at the 2019 Singapore Motor Show. The legendary premium sports sedan continues the success story that has made the 3 Series nameplate an automotive icon.
The all-new BMW 3 Series debuts the brand’s latest design language, which features a longer hood, more striking lines, and taut surfaces. The front fascia debuts a host of new styling cues for the brand, such as the notch in the front apron that rises up into the headlight contour. Full-LED headlights come as standard, while the LED headlights with extended features and Adaptive LED headlights with BMW Laserlight are available as an option. The optional Air Curtains are integrated into the outer intakes, which form a T-shape on cars without the M Sport package. A pair of character lines highlight the car’s dynamic sillhouette, while the Hofmeister kink design cue at the rear doors have been given a new interpretation. At the back, the traditional L-shaped tail lights feature a dark tinted design. Its wide appearance enhances the new 3 Series’ width.
As with all BMWs, the 3 Seres’ interior is angled towards the driver. The interior features a slew of upgraded materials for further enhance the cabin experience, and depending on the configuration, can be had with two large LCD screens that provide an intuitive manner of relaying information and entertainment functions to the driver. As shown above, the BMW 330i M Sport is fitted with the new BMW Operating System 7.0 operated through an optional 10.25-inch touch screen, or the rotary controller knob. An optional 12.3-inch TFT LCD digital gauge display called BMW Live Cockpit is also fitted in this left-hand drive display vehicle. The all-new 3 Series also debuts the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant, which enables drivers to give out commands using the cue “Hey, BMW!” in the same manner as how one would give commands to Apple’s Siri or Google Assistant.
The BMW 330i M Sport on display is fitted with a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 petrol engine, developing 258 hp and 400 Nm of torque. Power is sent through the rear wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission. It only take the 330i 5.8 seconds to reach 100 kph from a standstill.
A slew of semi-autonomous driver assistance tech can be equipped in the new BMW 3 Series. As standard, the BMW 3 Series is fitted with automatic emergency braking with cyclist detection and lane departure warning. An optional Driving Assistant pack adds blind spot warning, rear cross traffic alert. For the full suite of driver assistance features, the Driving Assistant Professional adds adaptive cruise control with stop and go, lane keeping assist, evasion aid (which actively evades pedestrians), wrong way warning, as well as front cross traffic alert, which aids drivers in identifying oncoming vehicle on concealed roads.
The BMW 3 Series will go on sale globally on the spring of 2019, while a Philippine debut might happen within the year.