Thursday, June 13, 2019
The Definitive Sports Sedan Returns: Welcome the 2020 BMW 3 Series to the Philippines
Amidst the rising popularity of luxury crossovers and SUVs in the market, BMW is ready to rise to the challenge by introducing the latest generation of its sports sedan: the 2020 3 Series. Despite 40 percent of its global sales due to the X Series, BMW says the 3 Series remains its definitive model—one that epitomizes the concept of sporty driving for over 40 years.
The latest generation 3 Series showcases BMW’s newest design language with precisely drawn lines and contoured surfaces. Upfront, the double kidney grille gets a modern reinterpretation while LED headlights and fog lights draw up an unmistakable lighting signature. Toward the sides, a trailing edge on the window and its Hofmeister kink is now integrated into the C-pillar. At the back, slim horizontal taillight elements give it a wide, muscular stance. Dimensionally, it’s larger in every dimension, contributing not only to improved agility and on-road poise, but interior room and comfort as well.
Inside, the 3 Series retains its driver-centric design albeit made with a feeling of space thanks to the new control groupings, tall center console, and coordinated use of materials. For the Philippine market, the sole M Sport model offers Alcantara/Sensatec upholstery, a three-zone climate control, and standard ambient lighting. The Parking Assistant—which automatically steers, accelerates, and brakes when driving into and out of a space is standard as well as Reversing Assistant which automatically reverses the car in confined spaces or situations where the driver does not have a clear view.
Available solely in the 330i trim, the all-new 3 Series features a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine equipped with BMW’s TwinPower Turbo system. This pushes the output to 258 horsepower at 5,000-6,500 rpm and torque to 400 Nm from 1,550 to 4,400 rpm.
Along with the high-performance gasoline engine, the 2020 3 Series continues with its sporty dynamics with a 50/50 front-to-back weight distribution and low center of gravity. It’s also 55 kilograms lighter than the outgoing model as well. Furthermore, standard on the M Sport package, the 330i M Sport has lift-related dampers which continuously alters damper firmness according to spring travel.
The 2020 BMW 330i M Sport arrives in the Philippines with a suggested retail price of P 4,590,000. The price is inclusive of BMW Philippines’s new 5-year warranty.