Following its debut last October, as well as its ASEAN debut at the 2019 Singapore Motor Show, the all-new G30 BMW 3 Series has finally made its way into the Philippines, alongside the all-new BMW Z4, the German twin of the Toyota GR Supra. The BMW 3 Series continues a long-running nameplate of iconic luxury sports sedans that have become a popular choice among compact luxury sedan buyers in the Philippines.
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 features 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 on this 330i M Sport. A pair of character lines highlight the car’s dynamic silhouette, 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 Series’ interior is angled towards the driver. The interior features a slew of upgraded materials to further enhance the cabin experience. The BMW 330i M Sport is fitted with the new BMW Operating System 7.0, and in the case for this 330i M Sport, it uses an 8.8-inch LCD screen for the main infotainment, and a part-digital gauge cluster. The all-new 3 Series also features the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant, which enables drivers to give out commands using the cue “Hey, BMW!” in the same manner as to how one would give commands to Apple’s Siri or Google Assistant. It also has a slew of active safety features including the Parking Assistant, which is basically an automated parking feature, as well as the new Reversing Assistant, which remembers the last 50 meters that you drove, and then when you hit reverse, the car will play back the steering direction in reverse completely hands-free.
The BMW 330i M Sport, the sole variant offered, 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 takes the 330i 5.8 seconds to reach 100 kph from a standstill.
The iconic BMW 3 Series is now on sale in the Philippines with a P4,590,000 starting price for the sole 330i M Sport variant.