Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Cleaning Up ; the BMW 3 Series Gets a Modest Makeover but underneath There Are Some Fascinating Changes. Andy Enright Takes a Look at the Latest Update from the German Manufacturer

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Cleaning Up ; the BMW 3 Series Gets a Modest Makeover but underneath There Are Some Fascinating Changes. Andy Enright Takes a Look at the Latest Update from the German Manufacturer

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SINCE 2012, when BMW introduced the sixthgeneration 3 Series to its range, not a lot of remedial work has really been necessary.

BMW's compact executive weapon was deployed, it decimated the eld and normal service was resumed. Fire and forget, if you like.

But, as you can imagine, rivals in the compact executive sector don't tend to take that sort of treatment very well and since the launch of the original MK6 model 3 Series, Audi, Mercedes, Lexus and Jaguar have all launched talented all-new rivals into this segment.

is is BMW's response, a smarter-looking, more ecient, cleverer 3 Series.

You'll need to be in the know to fully appreciate the signicance of the changes that have been made, but take some time to understand BMW's thinking here and it's hard not to be impressed.

If you're of a generation who remembers the badge on the back of a 3 Series denoting its engine size, you might be a bit confused by the latest line-up.

e 330i, for example, no longer packs a sixcylinder lump, instead squeezing 252PS from its turbo four, and replacing the old 328i in the process.

MODEST IMPROVEMENT One thing that hasn't changed all that much is BMW's low-key approach to mid-life styling updates.

Blink and you'll miss them. Stand looking at the car for fteen minutes and you might still miss them.

e key design theme seems to be to make the car look wider and lower than before, so BMW has revised the front and rear bumper assemblies with broader horizontal elements.

e headlights have also been tinkered with, LED indicators now acting as eyebrows across the top of the light units. At the rear, the tail lamps are full-LED units with curved light bars.

ere is also a revised range of wheels, with rims up to 19 inches in diameter available as an option - and 20-inch wheels can be selected from the BMW accessories range.

When you pause to consider that one product line - the 3 Series saloon - accounts for fully a quarter of BMW's global sales, you begin to appreciate quite how much there is riding on this car. …

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