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2013 BMW 320i Provides New Point of Entry for 3 Series

2013 BMW 320i Provides New Point of Entry for 3 Series

By Jeff Youngs, January 18, 2013
Starting just in time for summer, the 2013 BMW 3 Series Sedan will be offered as a new, less-expensive, and less powerful 320i model series. The 2013 BMW 320i saves $4,300 over the price of the 328i model, with a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $33,445. BMW introduced the car at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

The biggest difference between the new BMW 320i and the 328i is the level of horsepower and torque produced by the 2.0-liter, turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. In the 2013 320i, the engine generates 180 horsepower at 5,000 rpm and 200 lb.-ft. of torque between 1,250 rpm and 4,500 rpm. The car is equipped with an 8-speed automatic transmission, but a 6-speed manual gearbox is available upon request for rear-wheel-drive models. BMW's xDrive all-wheel-drive system is optional.

The reduced power output affects performance, but does not improve fuel economy. According to BMW, when the cars are equipped with an automatic transmission, a 320i accelerates to 60 mph in 7.1 seconds, while a 328i reaches the same velocity in 5.8 seconds. Both cars are equipped with automatic stop/start technology designed to improve fuel economy by shutting the engine off while idling in traffic or at an intersection, and both cars are rated to get 23 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway when equipped with automatic transmission.

The window sticker savings are not strictly the result of a less powerful engine. The 328i model comes with more standard equipment, including power front seats, split-folding rear seat, auto-dimming side and rearview mirror glass, universal garage door opener, and more. Fewer exterior and interior color options are offered for the 320i, fewer option packages and safety upgrades are available, and the 320i is not available with any of the 328i model's individual trim lines.

The new BMW 320i is equipped with standard Driving Dynamics Control with Eco Pro, Comfort, and Sport driving modes. An optional Sport package that includes 18-inch wheels, performance tires, sport suspension, sport seats, and a sport steering wheel is also offered. Additional upgrades include, but are not limited to, Premium, Cold Weather, and Driver Assistance packages, leather, wood interior trim, navigation system, power sunroof, BMW Apps technology, and BMW Assist with enhanced Bluetooth connectivity.

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