New BMW 3 Series.

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The new BMW 3 Series has been revealed in Paris.

The biggest selling compact premium sedan in the world has been given a slightly different exterior and a whole new dash layout inside. The seventh generation machine is now lighter and slippier through the air with a drag cd of just 0.23. New powertrains will feature also with six engine options from launch next Spring. Power will range upwards from 150hp from the four cylinder and six cylinder units. Later in 2019 we can expect to see an M performance and iPerformance PHEV version. Driving dynamic have been sharpened with new a stiffer body, revised suspension, wider track and chassis technology with the ideal 50/50 weight distribution. Lowered M Sport suspension will be available as will Adaptive M suspension, variable sport steering, M sport brakes and an electronic M sport locking differential.

So while the 3 Series isn’t an on trend crossover and looks relatively unexciting at first glance the 3’s ‘under-bits’ will ensure it remains an exciting machine to drive.

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