SHARP TURNS – A traditional BMW

2013-09-27T00:00:00Z SHARP TURNS – A traditional BMWMATT SHARP Auto Columnist
September 27, 2013 12:00 am  • 

We all know what the classic BMW style looks like. Most people can distinguish between the BMW models 1 through 7, but for other styles, it gets a little tricky.

Even in its sixth generation, the most frequently sold BMW vehicle, the 3-series sedan, is still setting standards. The sportily elegant exterior conveys aesthetics and dynamics at first sight. Like its predecessors, the BMW 3 Series Sedan has the classical three-box design, but in a modern interpretation. Long bonnet, short front overhang, long wheelbase and rear-set greenhouse promise pure dynamics. The flowing transition from the curving roofline to the flat standing rear window lends the vehicle a coupé-like appearance and a sportingly elegant lightness. Combined with the headlights, the classic BMW kidney grille makes for a stunning view. Plus for the first time the new BMW 3 series Sedan is appearing for the first time in the BMW Sport, Luxury, and Modern models.

The interior of the new BMW 3 Series Sedan impresses with its high-quality selection of materials. It encloses the driver with classical driver guidance, creating a cockpit feeling. Skillful space design gives optimum access to all the important control functions on the instrument display. The instrument panel opens up to the driver and allows convenient access to the controls. All the design lines converge in one point behind the steering wheel, thus directing the driver’s view fully onto the road. On the driver’s side of the centre console, a change from decorative surface and grain optically highlights the driver’s section of the interior. Conveniently accessible for both passengers and in the middle part of the central console is the iDrive Touch Controller. The freestanding iDrive monitor with its slim, high-resolution display is positioned on the horizontally arranged instrument panel and reminiscent of ultra modern flat screens.

The BMW 3 Series Sedan is all about convenience with its contactless opening of the tailgate, just wave your foot under the tailgate, which then unlocks and swings open automatically. Plus the ConnectedDrive Services that provide you with a wide range of information, entertainment and service features on the road. These include BMW Online, which gives you access to current information such as weather, news, online search and also office functions. Also available is the BMW navigation system, and BMW apps.

For the new BMW 3 Series Sedan, ten high-torque, low-consumption engines are available, which all work with modern BMW TwinPower Turbo technology. They are the powerful heart in the BMW 3 Series Sedan – and the definition of maximum driving dynamics. To add to the engine is optional adaptive M suspension that provides further reinforcement for the dynamic driving characteristics and exploits their visual effect to the fullest.

The 3 Series Sedans start off at a little over $30,000, and can get up to about $45,000 for the more expensive features and models.

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