5 Fast Facts: 2016 BMW 3 Series
By Joseph Dobrian, June 01, 2016
The 3 Series Sedan and Sports Wagon represent BMW's best-selling model line. For 2016, the new BMW 340i premieres an all-new inline 6-cylinder gasoline engine that makes 320 hp and 330 lb.-ft. of torque. The new BMW 3 Series chassis includes improved front struts, new rear damper technology, and redesigned electric power steering. Both the Sedan and Sports Wagon feature a sharper design and a sportier front, including newly designed headlights with optional full-LED headlights (standard on 340i).
- The new BMW 3 Series exterior features a distinctively sculpted long hood and set-back passenger compartment working with the short front and rear overhangs and long wheelbase to create particularly dynamic proportions. Redesigned headlights add to the look, as does a redefined rear lighting design. In front, the "eyes" of the BMW 3 Series have moved farther apart, and the daytime running lights are more prominent than before.
- The 2016 3 Series interior features improved ergonomics, chrome highlights, and high-gloss surfaces. The center console features new ambient lighting, and chrome accents define the newly designed controls for the electric seat adjustment. New chrome applications are also featured on the electric window controls and air vents. The highlight trim finisher in the instrument panel has been expanded into all four doors, and center console cupholders feature a sliding cover.
- Many 3 Series Sport Line options are now standard on the 328i, 328d, and 340i (including xDrive models): high-gloss exterior components; black B-Pillars; black high-gloss element on the rear bumper; sport instrument cluster; and sport seats with side bolsters.
- Luxury package adds comfort and design features, while the M Sport package offers options designed to increase road presence and driving pleasure.
- With the 8-speed transmission comes the Driving Assistant System, which imparts speed limits and no-passing zone information, forward-collision warning with city-collision mitigation, pedestrian warning, and lane-departure warning.