By Otsile Kadiege
The latest-generation BMW 3 Series Sedan, codenamed G20, was unveiled back in 2019. Fast-forward a few years later, BMW unveiled the updated version of the automaker’s popular nameplate. As is the case with BMW’s latest ‘Life Cycle Impulse’ models (BMW’s way of saying facelift), the updated 3 Series boasts refreshed exterior and interior styling, advances in technology and a list of standard equipment.
Interior design and technology
Standout updates to the interior of the new 3 Series include a curved display which is standard across the range. The large display integrates a 12.3-inch information display behind the steering wheel and a control display with a screen diagonal of 14.9-inches. The curved display is running on BMW’s latest generation of BMW iDrive – BMW Operating System 8.
It also features a shift-by-wire gear selector. It’s positioned in the control panel on the centre console along with the Start/Stop button, iDrive Controller, Driving Experience Control buttons, parking brake and other vehicle functions.
Other standard features added as standard to the updated 3 Series are three-zone automatic climate control, navigation system, automatically dimming rear-view mirror, the extended storage package and Park Distance Control (PDC) with sensors at the front and rear and BMW Live Cockpit Plus including BMW Maps navigation system.
Driver assistance systems
A host of automated driving and parking systems are available in the refreshed 3 Series. Standard equipment includes Front Collision Warning with brake intervention, which detects the presence of cyclists as well as vehicles and pedestrians, Cruise Control with brake function, the Speed Limit Display with no-overtaking indicator, Manual Speed Limit Assist and Lane Departure Warning with lane return. Options include lane change warning, the BMW Head-Up Display and Driving Assistant Professional, which comprises the Steering and Lane Control Assistant and the Active Cruise Control system with Stop&Go function, Automatic Speed Limit Assist, the route monitoring function and traffic light detection.
Among the functions provided by the optional Parking Assistant are the Reversing Assist Camera and the Reversing Assistant. The Parking Assistant Plus – with Park View, Panorama View and Remote 3D View functions – and BMW Drive Recorder are also available as options.
Powering the updated 3 Series is a range of internal combustion engines with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, and electrification in the form of a 48V mild hybrid technology – one diesel and four petrol engines with four or six cylinders. Power outputs range from 110 kW to 285 kW. All engines are paired to eight-speed Steptronic transmission as standard. Available as an option is an eight-speed Steptronic Sport transmission, which features a Launch Control function for traction-optimised acceleration off the line and unlocks ultra-quick bursts of mid-range power with its Sprint function.
Pricing (as gleaned on BMW’s configurator) for the updated BMW 3 Series sedan is as follows:
BMW 318i – R767,894
BMW 318i M Sport – R817,894
BMW 320i – R832,894
BMW 320i M Sport – R882,894
BMW 320d – R880,768
BMW 320d M Sport – R930,768
BMW 330i M Sport – R953,197
BMW M340i xDrive – R1,341,707
Pricing includes a five-year 100 000 km warranty and maintenance plan
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