The 2017 BMW 3 Series prototype has been seen undergoing testing in parts of Europe and according to preliminary reports, the icon that has reigned supreme in the modern sports sedan segment for over four decades is once again set to make headlines across the entire automotive landscape. With over six model generations on its résumé, the BMW 3 Series has been feted with offering unbeatable everyday practicality and a sporting driving experience. Assuming you’re interested to learn more, here’s some of the details we have for you: BMW 3 Series price, release date, engine specs, and interior/exterior redesigns. Sounds interesting and informative, right? Then grab a hot cup of tea/coffee and be my guest!
To start off with, here’s the stat: for every four Bimmers sold one is either a BMW 3 Series sedan or a BMW 3 Series Touring. This therefore makes the BMW 3 Series the most successful model in the entire BMW brand. For 2017, the model makes an even more interesting preposition than before thanks to the extensive list of technology upgrades, and refinement it gets.
The exterior designs aren’t expected to change much from that of the existing model, however, BMW has offered several tweaks that are nonetheless targeted at making the new model more aerodynamic than before. The sporting appearance has been emphasized by the sculptural rear apron design, standard LED rear lights, and a Line-specific trim element. Full-LED headlights that were an option on the outgoing model are now standard. Meanwhile, the interior makes an even classier impression courtesy of the additional chrome highlights, and material upgrades. Plenty of personalization options are available.
Although some quarters might argue successfully that BMW has lost some traditional sporting edge in some respects, it more than makes for than in terms of the luxury sport compactness. Although the model can pretty very well be successful even without getting any changes, BMW decided not rest on its laurels given the threats that exist in the segment. Chief among the list of suspects here includes the 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class. The C-Class is a top-dog on its own right given its strong performance, and feature set. Other culprits preying on the BMW 3 Series include the 2017 Audi A4, Cadillac ATS 2017, and the 2016 Lexus IS 350.
2017 BMW 3 Series Release Date & Price
Given the absence of significant changes over the existing model, the new model will probably be priced around $33,150 for the BMW 320i Sedan, and up to $47,800 for the 340i xDrive Sedan. You can find the ordering guide on BMW online platforms.
Although separately reviewed, the 2017 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo hatchback price starts from an MSRP of around $43,000. We thought you should know!
As regards the release date, rumor has it that the rejuvenated BMW 3 Series will most likely go for sale sometime in mind-2017.
2017 BMW 3 Series Exterior
The exterior of the model gets dynamic proportions thanks to the set-back passenger compartment and distinctively sculpted long bonnet that team up with the long wheelbase and the short front and rear overhangs. The result is a weight distribution of 50:50. The sporting credentials are highlighted by the new lighting design and the clearly defined powerful rear end of the BMW 3 Series Touring and Sedan.
2017 BMW 3 Series Interior
The interior reflects the elegant and dynamic lines of the sporty BMW 3 Series model range. Optimum access to all crucial elements are provided by the driver-centric, signature cockpit. The available high-gloss surfaces and chrome highlights improve the ergonomics of the BMW 3 Series even further. More details on the interior will be offered on its release date, so make sure to keep posted!
BMW is yet to make any announcements as regards the trim levels to expect or the changes over the existing lineup. As things stand, buyer should expect four trims: BMW 320i, BMW 328i, BMW 328d, and the BMW 340i. The trims aforementioned are all for the Sedan body style. The 2017 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo wagon is separately reviewed, as is the BMW 3 Series Convertible, and Coupe.
Wheelbase: 110.6 in
Length: 182.8 in
Width: 71.3 in
Passenger volume: 94 cu ft
Cargo volume: 17 cu ft
Curb weight: 3686 lb
Top Speed: 157 mph
0-60: 4.8 sec
MPG: 21/31 mpg
Available Exterior Colors: Alpine White Black, Sapphire Metallic Glacier, Silver Metallic, Imperial Blue Metallic, Jatoba Brown Metallic, Jet Black, Mediterranean Blue Metallic, Melbourne Red Metallic …
Towing Capacity: N/A lbs
Information regarding the specifications for the engine is still unknown, however, the existing engine lineup is expected to carry over unchanged. As such, the least powerful engine – turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder generating 180 horsepower – and the most powerful – turbocharged 3.0L six-cylinder engine rated at 320 horsepower – should continue serving the new model.
Considering it’s the best-selling model in the entire BMW model range, what would your guess be for its safety? Yeah, you got that right! – A five out of five star rating for overall crash impact protection. There’s a reason why its sales figures are incredibly high, and one reason is the available driver-assisting and safety technologies. The NHTSA, meanwhile, is still conducting the safety tests. Results will be updated on this space once we get hold of them.