• Jul 11, 2008
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BMW has unveiled photos and details pertaining to the facelifted, Euro-spec 2009 3 Series sedan and wagon. We touched on the visual updates yesterday, but to recap, the car sports a revised front fascia, a new hood, restyled mirrors, and reshaped taillamps. The changes are subtle, but good. Inside, the new iDrive trickles down to the 3, which also gets BMW ConnectedDrive in-car internet, as well as an 80-gig hard drive. The 3 Series sedans and wagons are available with 6-speed manual or automatic transmissions. The 7-speed DCT doesn't make it into the four- and five-doors at this time, but it becomes available on the 335i coupe and convertible. Read on after the jump as we run down the model variants and engine offerings.


[Source: BMW | Photos: BMW via BMW Blog]
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The 3 Series sedan and wagon model rundown is as follows

  • 318i / 318d
  • 320i / 320d
  • 325i / 325d
  • 330i / 330d
  • 335i / 335d
Furthermore, the all-wheel-drive versions adopt the new xDrive nomenclature (the xi suffix is history)

  • 320d xDrive
  • 330d xDrive
  • 325i xDrive
  • 330i xDrive
  • 335i xDrive
BMW's naming scheme no longer has anything to do with engine size. The 318 and 320 cars have 2.0L four-cylinders, while the 325, 330, and 335 cars have 3.0L inline-sixes. This applies for both gasoline and diesel-powered cars. If we had to guess, we'd look to see only the 330i and 335i come stateside, with the 325 staying home along with the four-bangers.




If you're interested in the tech specs, here are the basics. The fuel economy numbers are the EU standard calculations, converted to US mpg from l/100km. Figures are for the sedan. Acceleration, consumption and emissions numbers are marginally higher for the Touring (wagon) models. It's a shame the four-cylinder diesels aren't coming Stateside, as they are truly miserly.

GASOLINE ENGINE MODELS

BMW 318i
  • 143 PS @ 6,000rpm
  • 190Nm (140lb-ft) @ 4,250 rpm
  • 0-62 mph in 9.1 sec
  • 49 mpg hwy / 29.7 mpg city / 39.8 mpg combined
  • 142 g/km CO2
BMW 320i
  • 170 PS @ 6,700 rpm
  • 210 Nm (155 lb-ft) @ 4,250 rpm
  • 0-62 mph in 8.2 sec
  • 49 mpg hwy / 28 mpg city / 38.5 mpg combined
  • 149 g/km CO2
BMW 325i
  • 218 PS @ 6,100rpm
  • 320 Nm (199 lb-ft) @ 2,400 - 4,200 rpm
  • 0-62 mph in 6.7 sec
  • 42.7 mpg hwy / 24 mpg city / 33 mpg combined
  • 170 g/km CO2
BMW 330i
  • 272 PS @ 6,700 rpm
  • 210 Nm (236 lb-ft) @ 4,250 rpm
  • 0-62 mph in 6.1 sec
  • 42 mpg hwy / 23.7 mpg city / 32.6 mpg combined
  • 173 g/km CO2
BMW 335i
  • 306 PS @ 5,800 rpm
  • 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) @ 1,300 - 5,000 rpm
  • 0-62 mph in 5.6 sec
  • 35 mpg hwy / 18 mpg city / 26 mpg combined
  • 218 g/km CO2
DIESEL ENGINE MODELS
BMW 318d
  • 143 PS @ 4,000 rpm
  • 300 Nm (221 lb-ft) @ 1,750 -2,500 rpm
  • 0-62 mph in 9.3 sec
  • 57 mpg hwy / 41 mpg city / 50 mpg combined
  • 123 g/km CO2
BMW 320d
  • 177 PS @ 4,000 rpm
  • 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) @ 1,750 -3,000 rpm
  • 0-62 mph in 7.9 sec
  • 57 mpg hwy / 39.2 mpg city / 49 mpg combined
  • 128 g/km CO2
BMW 325d
  • 197 PS @ 4,000 rpm
  • 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) @ 1,300 - 3,250 rpm
  • 0-62 mph in 7.4 sec
  • 51 mpg hwy / 31 mpg city / 41.2 mpg combined
  • 153 g/km CO2
BMW 330d
  • 245 PS @ 4,000 rpm
  • 520 Nm (383 lb-ft) @ 1,750 - 3,000 rpm
  • 0-62 mph in 6.1 sec
  • 49 mpg hwy / 32 mpg city / 35 mpg combined
  • 152 g/km CO2
BMW 335d
  • 286 PS @ 4,400 rpm
  • 580 Nm (427 lb-ft) @ 1,750 - 2,250 rpm
  • 0-62 mph in 6.0 sec
  • 44.3 mpg hwy / 26 mpg city / 35 mpg combined
  • 177 g/km CO2


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Wagon actually looks pretty nice. Facelift overall is an improvement, looks more smooth especially up front.

      That said I think the 09 A4 looks better though.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I much prefer these new tail-lights. I hated the previous "lemon-suckers", with the obtuse white reverse section and difficult, awkward angles. These tail-lights look much cleaner and are fitting with the new 7-series look.

      I'm not sold on the fat bottom lip front end. It looks droopy, although I'm sure it looks better in person. Overall it is an impressive package. I'd love a 335d wagon in Arctic White with an M-package please.
      • 6 Years Ago
      And why, BMW, are we not getting the 318 or 320 here? I understand the diesels, they probably don't pass US emissions, but come ON! the 318/320 would be perfect for the newly-discovered land of $4/gallon gasoline. Bring the whole gas engine range over, and get the diesels US-legal and bring them too! Why NOT offer your full line?
      • 6 Years Ago
      "Changes were subtle, but good..."

      Yeah, I'm gonna have to go ahead and disagree with you there, mmmkay?

      The headlights are ok, but just.

      The front fascia is softer and weirder. The mirrors also, and just as much of a barn door as ever.

      the tail lights still don't match inboard to outboard, and now it is even worse, when one turns down, and the other sweeps up.

      BMW's design language simplicity and sophistication used to be the envy of the industry. Now the design language is soft, disjointed, and gratuitous. lines and curves for the sake of lines and curves, and it ends up looking pudgy, and purposelessly busy.

      Thanks, but no thanks. The engineering underneath may be great. The skin is not.

      And why would I want internet in my car, more than having it on my cell phone. I don't use my cell phone for more than the very occaisional hands-free call, in the car. My wife can browse the net on the iPhone when she's in the passenger seat.

      But I'll bet my iPhone, or it's future replacement device will be keeping up with software developments far better than a built-in BMW-proprietary system.

      That sort of gadgetry is better left to replaceable and upgradeable devices, SEPARATE from the dash of your car, or left off to prevent distraction.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Agreed.

        Why the huge vertical panel gap along side numberplate?
        Looks like the bonnet/hood includes the 'kidneys', but no, there is a huge panel gap just about the grilles.

        Why the catfish/melted lip?

        Someone looked too long at the Honda CRV nose, where it looks like the bonnet/hood is not fully closed.

        Fussy, fussy, fussy.

        Always had a 'thang' for eurowagons... Volvos, Audis, Chrysler 300 Estate (haha), and the 5-series. Not so much with the 3. Still all Bangled up.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This car looks like a bear.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The new taillights are definitely better, but overall its not too impressive.
      • 6 Years Ago
      If only they would release a 335i and 335d touring in the US, I'd be all set...
      • 6 Years Ago
      The front end looks weird, and actually looks worse than the current version in my opinion. Well, can't expect too much from BMW's design house.

      • 6 Years Ago
      Marginally better, but still not as good looking as the coupe.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks MUCH better. The front end is now much more elegant looking, and the newly shaped kidneys do much justice to the overall feel of the fascia. Also, contrary to many of you here, I Love the split taillights; brings back cues from last gen. They look better, seeing as I never really liked the big 'blobby' lights pre-refresh.
      • 6 Years Ago
      As much as the enthusiasts would love to if BMW brought the 318D wagon stateside, diesel still is not popular enough to the mainstream consumer. They would probably have more success if they licensed the 2-mode hybrid from GM and put in in the wagon and called it the 320h. Given the clamoring for hybrids, they would sell everyone they ship it here. Performance wise it might dilute what BMW stands for, so at least I go to hand it to BMW for not wanting to damage the brand for the sake of the pursuit of sales.
        • 6 Years Ago
        VW had zero issues selling all the TDIs they brought stateside and they're not a premium manufacturer. While BMW might have issue with the 330d, as it doesn't offer the MPG advantage of cars like the A4 3.0TDi, their lower displacement diesels wouldn't be an issue, esp if they advertised it intelligently (focusing on highway mpg).

        I won't be purchasing a new car until a v6 diesel European sedan becomes an option. That's the only thing that interests me.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Sorry, but all the various shapes in the front end, with discontinuous lines is ...well...unfortunate. We have had the Bangle butt, now the Bangle front.
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