BMW Australia has announced the introduction of two new variants to the entry-level end of its new 2012 3 Series line-up, in the form of the 318d diesel and 320i petrol models.
The new options will join the already-announced 320d, 328i and 335i, bringing the price of entry into the new 3 Series range down from $60,900 to $56,400.
The new 3 Series range will kick off with the 318d, powered by a four-cylinder turbodiesel producing 105kW and 320Nm of torque, paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Fuel consumption is listed at 4.5 l/100km, and BMW says the diesel will propel the midsized sedan to 100km/h in 9.3 seconds.
The 318d's fuel consumption is identical to the 135kW/380Nm 320d, although the higher-spec car offers a 0-100km/h time of 7.5 seconds.
Starting the petrol range is the new 320i, priced at $57,600. Power is provided by BMW's turbocharged and direct-injected four-cylinder engine, delivering 135kW and 270Nm of torque.
Equipped with an eight-speed Sports automatic with steering-mounted paddle shifters, the 320i lists a 0-100km/h time of 7.6 seconds and fuel consumption figures of 6.2 l/100km.
By comparison, the 328i - the next model up - gets a 180kW/350Nm turbo four, with a 0-100km/h time of 6.1 seconds in manual form. Fuel consumption figures are almost identical, at 6.3 l/100km with the auto.
Standard features for the 320i include the new free-standing display and iDrive controller system, along with dual-zone climate control, cruise control with brake function, electric front seats with memory, automatic lights and wipers, front and rear Park Distance Control, and Bluetooth connectivty for mobile phones and audo streaming.
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BMW 318d - $56,400
BMW 320i - $57,600
BMW 320d - $60,900
BMW 328i - $66,900
BMW 335i - $91,900
Trim / Equipment options
BMW 318d - Modern Line - $3900, Sport / Luxury Line - $4900
BMW 320i/d - Modern Line - $3100, Sport / Luxury Line - $4100
BMW 328i / 335i – Modern Line - $1000, Sport / Luxury Line - $2000
Note: all prices are Manufacturer’s List Price (unless otherwise noted) and do not include dealer delivery or on-road costs.