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June 1, 2023

BMW Philippines Launches 2023 3 Series Touring. Prices Start At P 3.890M

SMC Asia Car Distributors Corp, the official importer and distributor of BMW in the Philippines, is expanding the iconic 3 Series range in the country with the launch of the new BMW 3 Series Touring. The new model, which comes in three variants, offers a stylish alternative to SUVs and crossovers.

“We are once again beefing up what is already a very exhilarating lineup of BMW cars in the Philippines. Customers wishing to adopt the Touring lifestyle have a wide range of choices with the 318i Touring, the M340i xDrive Touring, and the most highly anticipated M3 Touring. No matter which option they choose, they will enjoy functionality, performance, and ultimately – an unmistakable sense of style,” said SMC Asia Car Distributors Corp. President Spencer Yu.

Up front, the BMW kidney grille and twin circular headlights have been redesigned to give the vehicle a strong visual presence. The BMW kidney grille now has a more powerful appearance with the addition of new double bars and modified contours. It is flanked by standard full-LED headlights for the BMW 318i Touring and Adaptive LED headlights for the BMW M340i xDrive Touring. The latter offers a range of functions such as cornering light, non-dazzling matrix high beam, dynamic headlight range control, and variable light distribution.

The two variants of the BMW 3 Series Touring feature the standard M High-gloss Shadowline. Moreover, the M340i xDrive Touring is specified with the M Sport Package Pro while the new BMW 318i Touring features the Exterior Line Satin Aluminum trim.

Both variants of the BMW 3 Series Touring have varying sets of wheels to reflect their character. The BMW 318i Touring comes with double-spoke style 18-inch light alloy wheels and standard brakes, while the BMW M340i xDrive Touring has 19-inch double-spoke M light-alloy bi-color wheels with M Sport brakes painted in red high-gloss.

Joining the 3 Series Touring range is the first-ever Touring model from BMW M: the M3 Competition xDrive Touring. Key features of the BMW M3 Competition xDrive Touring include a vertically-oriented kidney grille, large side air intakes, sculpted wheel arches, extended side skirts, M High-gloss Shadowline trim, M roof rails with high-gloss Shadowline finish, and a Gurney air-directing flap incorporated into the roof spoiler.

The interior trim of the vehicle differs depending on the variant. The BMW 318i Touring has interior trim finishers in Aluminum “Mesheffect,” and the BMW M340i xDrive Touring comes with M interior trim finishers “Carbon Fiber.” The BMW 318i Touring and M340i xDrive Touring come with sports seats for both the driver and the front passenger in Sensatec Perforated upholstery.

The M3 Competition xDrive Touring has electrically adjustable M Sport seats with memory function, seat heating, and Merino leather with extended contents as standard. The car has an automatic tailgate, separately opening rear window, and a storage compartment under the boot floor.

All models offer the BMW Widescreen Display which joins a 14.9-inch control display and 12.3-inch information display behind the steering wheel to create a single fully digital and high-resolution unit that runs on the latest-generation BMW Operating System 8.0. The M3 Touring, meanwhile has M-specific displays, including a direct access to a Setup mode. The system also brings optimized wireless smartphone integration with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. To increase connectivity on the road, a wireless charging tray can also be found in the center control island.

To complement the vehicle’s infotainment features, the BMW 318i Touring comes with the BMW HiFi Loudspeaker system, while the BMW M340i xDrive Touring comes with the Harman Kardon Surround Sound system.

On the other hand, the BMW M3 Competition xDrive Touring includes standard comfort features like three-zone automatic climate control, BMW Live Cockpit Plus with navigation, ambient lighting, Harman Kardon Surround Sound system, and an interior/exterior mirror package. The safety features include Park Distance Control. Optional automated driving and parking systems are available, such as Parking Assistant.

All models offers a generous 500-liter luggage compartment with all seats up. The roller tonneau cover offers privacy and more secure stowage of items in the luggage compartment. If bulky items need to be transported in the rear, the tonneau cover can be rolled up and stored on the luggage compartment floor. For further storage space, the BMW 3 Series Touring can offer up to 1,510 liters of stowage with the 40:20:40 rear seat backrest folded down fully. And for greater convenience and ease of use, it offers a separate luggage compartment window, perfect for loading and unloading smaller objects without having to open the rear hatch.

The BMW 318i Touring carries the inline-4 BMW TwinPower Turbo petrol engine which produces 156  horsepower and 250 Nm of torque, paired to an 8-speed Steptronic transmission with gearshift paddles. The BMW M340i xDrive Touring features the M TwinPower Turbo Petrol engine. Its B58 engine has an output of 374 horsepower and 500 Nm of torque with an 8-speed Steptronic Sport transmission, allowing this model to go from 0 to 100 in 4.6 seconds.

Meanwhile, the BMW M3 Competition Touring carries the S58 version of the six-cylinder inline engine developed for the Competition models in the BMW M3/M4 line-up. This powerplant produces a maximum output of 510 horsepower and peak torque of 650 Nm. Its cooling and oil supply systems are designed to handle extremely high longitudinal and lateral dynamic forces on the track. And the M-specific exhaust system with electrically controlled flaps generates an emotionally arresting soundtrack that brings an extra layer to the performance experience.

The BMW M3 Competition xDrive Touring also has a tuned chassis. The car features adaptive M suspension, M Servotronic steering, and an integrated braking system. The M3 Touring offers M Compound brakes in red high-gloss and standard forged M light-alloy wheels in 19/20-inch M forged wheels in double spoke style 826 M Bicolor Black with mixed tires. The Dynamic Stability Control system includes wheel slip limitation, and the car has M Dynamic Mode and M Traction Control. In 2WD mode, the driver can adjust wheel slip limitation for precise handling during intense cornering on the track.

The new BMW 3 Series Touring offers a wide range of driver assistance systems that ensure safety and comfort to a whole new level. The automated parking system is comprehensive and accessible, aiding the driver and reducing their workload in various situations. Ultrasonic and radar sensors, along with camera images, are utilized by the new BMW 3 Series Touring to monitor the surroundings of the vehicle. This data is used to alert the driver of potential hazards, minimize accident risks with steering and braking inputs, and perform automated parking and other maneuvers.

The new BMW 3 Series also comes with a wide variety of systems for assisted parking and maneuvering. The Parking Assistant (optional on the M3 Competition xDrive Touring) helps the driver to select and park in spaces either parallel or perpendicular to the road. This system facilitates the required steering inputs, acceleration, braking, and gear changes during the process of entering or exiting a space. Other elements of the assistance systems are the Reversing Assist Camera, the Lateral Parking Aid and the Active PDC, which uses brake inputs to reduce the risk of collisions. Its range of functions also includes the Reversing Assistant, which reverses the car for distances of up to 50 meters along the same line it took when moving forward.

The BMW 318i Touring and BMW M340i xDrive Touring retail for P 3,890,000 and P 5,890,000 respectively, while the BMW M3 Competition xDrive Touring retails for P 10,490,000. All variants of the BMW 3 Series Touring come with a 5-year comprehensive BMW Warranty.


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