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Showing posts with label BMW 3 Series. Show all posts
Showing posts with label BMW 3 Series. Show all posts

July 9, 2024

BMW Takes On The Philippine Loop

BMW, through its official importer and distributor SMC Asia Car Distributors Corporation will take on the Philippine Loop: a grueling 5,000-kilometer journey traversing the diverse landscapes of the Philippines.

October 3, 2023

Pampanga Food Tripping With The BMW X1, X3, And 3 Series

It’s been eight years since BMW Philippines last held a ride and drive. The last one, if you were old enough to remember, was with the 2 Series Active Tourer way back in 2015. That was a different era: X was still Twitter, Facebook had a timeline (rather than a newsfeed), and there wasn’t any mad rush among motoring journos to hit, “publish” first on any story. Today, we’ve got a maniac in charge of X, Facebook’s now known as Meta, and journalists (me included) are more concentrated on churning out stories than anything else. It’s times like these I yearn for simpler times and thank goodness BMW’s managed to give that even for just one afternoon.

August 28, 2023

Review: 2023 BMW M340i xDrive Touring

Before SUVs and crossovers took over the world, if you needed to haul stuff, there were wagons. Thanks to the popularity of cladded up raised passenger cars, wagons or estates (or Touring if you prefer the proper BMW term), are now relegated to a very fringe set of buyers. That’s why it comes as a pleasant surprise that BMW Philippines has decided to bring in not one, not two, but three members of the 3 Series Touring family.

July 25, 2023

BMW Philippines Adds Value-Oriented 318i Business For P 3.590M (w/ Specs)

BMW Philippines launches a new value-oriented variant of its 3 Series sedan: the 318i Business for P 3.590-million—P 200,000 lower than the 318i Sport.

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.

February 27, 2023

Refreshed BMW 3 Series Slides Into The Philippines For P 3.790M

The refreshed BMW 3 Series lands in the Philippines, delivering the same elegant design and sporty handling, but now with an extensively modernized interior and additional equipment.

December 20, 2022

BMW Philippines To Launch 4 EVs, At Least 4 New Models In 2023

SMC Asia Car Distributors Corporation (SMAC), the official importer and distributor of BMW in the Philippines is set to have a very busy 2023 with the launch of all-new models. This was announced by its president, Spencer Yu, during their annual media thanksgiving party.

May 18, 2022

BMW 3 Series Manages To Keep A Reasonably-Sized Grille For 2023

BMW is giving its 3 Series a refresh this 2023, and brings with it updates to its design as well as added interior technology and convenience features.

May 23, 2021

Review: BMW 318i Sport

BMW certainly loves to experiment. If filling up every conceivable niche wasn’t enough, they’ve dabbled on things like all- and front-wheel drive; heck, they’ve even tweaked one of their core design traits: the double kidney grille. Whether or not people will accept the whole “kidney lung” debacle is still up in the air, but there’s one thing they can’t afford to fuck up: the 3 Series.

Forty years on, the 3 Series has been largely evolutionary. Sure, it’s grown in size, and the family tree has now split into two main branches depending on the number of doors, but the fact of the matter is that there aren’t many great surprises here. And good thing too because in an increasingly crowded premium compact sedan segment, the 2021 BMW 318i Sport is every bit sporty and smart.

Yes, the kidney grille on the 3 Series is larger, but thankfully, it hasn’t metastasized into lungs (yet). Thus, there’s no debating that it looks taunt, elegant, and timeless—as a 3 Series should. Having said that, the headlights, which now cut through the bumper do look a bit Peugeot-y, while the rear has a certain Lexus-y feel to it. Overall, no complaints though; it looks great. Bookmarking everything perfectly is the Sport trim which feature high-gloss black elements and tasty-looking 18-inch alloy wheels.

The 3 Series’ insistence on sticking to tradition bods well with the way it drives. Some of its competitors have caught up, but BMW still schools them on what it means to be a premium compact sedan with a sporting edge. A few kilometers are all that’s needed to tell you this car means business. The steering is pretty darn close to that of a sportscar with its sharp, accurate feel. Even better, it doesn’t feel that nervous through Manila’s pockmarked roads.

Driver inputs through the tiller are then beautifully communicated to a chassis that’s precise and obedient. When cruising, it has a great sense of stability and poise. Damping is firm, but disciplined; soaking up ruts and bumps with a sense of solidity. It’s extremely quiet and refined with 100 km/h feeling more like 60. Shove it through a corner though, and it’ll play hooky, swiveling around and out of the curve with ease. Tackling switchbacks is second nature. Wherever your eyes visually point out to, for as long as you put in the steering angle to match, the 3 Series will head there without a fuss. The brakes too are progressive and well-modulated.

This particular 3 Series is the 318i, and with that, it’s rocking BMW’s entry-level engine. Don’t let the badge or the figures—156 horsepower and 250 Nm of torque—fool you. The numbers tell just one part of the story; the other being that peak power comes in from 4,500 to 6,500 rpm, while peak torque is delivered from 1,300 to 4,300 rpm. It won’t win in a straight sprint, but it’s very balanced, and more importantly, well-suited to the local traffic conditions. There’s enough grunt from the 4-cylinder to overtake, cruise to the legal speed limit, or power down through corners. The 8-speed automatic shifts smoothly too, though paddle shifters would have been a welcome addition.

It would have been the perfect package if only BMW remembered to create an interior with a bit more drama and flair. Don’t get it wrong, it’s modern and everything is well-finished, but it also looks cold and unemotional. Spend enough time inside though, and the execution makes sense. 

For starters, there’s an abundance of adjustment whether it’s with the steering wheel or the seats. Getting the perfect driving position takes no time. Then, there’s the visibility which is great to say the least. A bevy of screens greet the driver—a 5.1-inch screen serving as the gauges, and an 8.8-inch screen serving as the interface to the infotainment system. Odd though that the virtual gauges are designed to mimic traditional ones as BMW could have better adopted to LCD screen tech. Still, they’re easy enough to read and understand.

Another glaring omission here is the lack of smartphone connectivity. There’s no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, wired or otherwise. So, the only way to make phone calls or listen to music without getting arrested for distracted driving is through Bluetooth. Want to use Google Maps or Waze? Hopefully you’ve got a cellphone holder at the ready. It’s a shame because the native system is snappy, easy-to-navigate, and thankfully, can be operated either by touchscreen or iDrive knob. Compounding matters, there’s only one USB Type A port, while there are three USB Type C ports.

At 4,709 mm in length, the “G20” 3 Series has grown a lot in this generation. Together with its 2,851 mm wheelbase, it now feels genuinely roomy. There’s no need to worry about head or legroom now, plus because it’s wider, there’s room to stretch sideways. At the back, there’s adult-sized space, and with rear vents and their own climate control zone to boot it helps keep everyone comfortable. Of note, BMW Philippines has chosen to fit Sensatec (aka synthetic leather). While this sounds like a bummer, it’s well-wearing, durable, and vegan (if you’re into such things). Plus, most buyers will probably mistake it for the real thing anyway. More noticeable is the lack of a folding seatback. While 480 liters is big, there’s no way to expand this number in the case of a last-minute airport run.

Also absent in the 3 Series is any sort of advanced driver assist. Apart from the usual gaggle of airbags and acronyms, there’s not much else to talk about in the safety department aside from clearance sensors, a back-up camera, and tire pressure sensors. You want to make sure this car keeps to its lane or avoids hitting pedestrians or cyclists? You’ll have to do it yourself.

No one was expecting BMW to screw up the 3 Series, and with the latest model, that thankfully hasn’t happened. Not only is it roomier and more comfortable than ever, but it’s managed to remain the standard when it comes to handling and refinement. Sure, it lacks driver assist features and smartphone connectivity, and the interior looks rather somber; but these could be fixed by ticking the right options. As it is, the 2021 318i Sport is also well-priced at just P 2.990 million undercutting the Jaguar XE, Lexus IS, and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. It comes with a 5-year / 200,000-kilometer warranty to boot.

2021 BMW 318i Sport

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Ownership 2021 BMW 318i Sport
Year Introduced 2019
Vehicle Classification Luxury Car
Warranty 5 years / 200,000 kilometers
The Basics
Body Type Luxury Car
Seating 5
Engine / Drive F/R
Under the Hood
Displacement (liters) 2.0
Aspiration Turbocharged
Fuel Delivery Direct Injection
Layout / # of Cylinders I4
BHP @ rpm 156 @ 4,500-6,500
Nm @ rpm 250 @ 1,300-4,300
Fuel / Min. Octane Gasoline / 91~
Transmission 8AT
Cruise Control Yes
Fuel Economy @ Ave. Speed 12.82 km/L @ 35 km/h
Dimensions and Weights
Length (mm) 4,709
Width (mm) 1,827
Height (mm) 1,435
Wheelbase (mm) 2,851
Curb Weight (kg) 1,565
Suspension and Tires
Front Suspension Independent, MacPherson Strut
Rear Suspension Independent, Multi-link
Front Brakes Vented Disc
Rear Brakes Vented Disc
Parking Brake Electric
Tires Hankook Ventus S1 Evo3 RFT 225/45 R 18 Y (f & r)
Wheels Alloy
Safety Features
Airbags 8
Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS) Yes, with EBD
Traction / Stability Control Yes
Parking Sensors Yes, Front and Rear
Parking Camera Yes, Rear
Front Seatbelts 3-pt ELR with pre-tensioner x 2
Rear Seatbelts 3-pt ELR with pre-tensioner x 2,
3-pt ELR x 1
ISOFIX Child Seat Anchor Yes
Other Safety Features Hill Start Assist
Tire Pressure Monitoring
Parking Assistant
Exterior Features
Headlights LED
Fog Lamps Yes, Front and Rear (LED)
Auto Lights Yes
Rain-sensing Wipers Yes
Tailgate Electric
Interior Features
Steering Wheel Adjust Tilt/Telescopic
Steering Wheel Material Leather
Seating Adjustment (driver) Electric, 8-way, w/ Memory
Seating Adjustment (front passenger) Electric, 8-way
Seating Surface Synthetic Leather
Folding Rear Seat No
Sunroof No
Trip Computer Yes
Convenience Features
Power Steering Yes
Power Door Locks Yes
Power Windows Yes
Power Mirrors Yes, w/ Fold
Rear View Mirror Auto-dimming
Proximity Key Yes
Climate Control Auto, Tri-Zone, w/ Rear Vents
Audio System Stereo
USB Type A x 1
USB Type C x 3
Smartphone Connectivity None
# of Speakers 8
Steering Controls Yes

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.

February 19, 2019

BMW Philippines Recalling Selected 2005 to 2012 3 Series Models

BMW Philippines is announcing a recall on selected 3 Series E90 models from 2005 to 2012.

January 17, 2019

BMW Philippines is Cutting the Price of the 3 Series by Up to P 790,000

BMW Philippines says luxury need not be expensive. From today until January 31, 2019, SMC Asia Car Distributors Corporation is slashing price of its 3 Series sedans.

October 9, 2018

BMW's Tricked Out 3 Series M Performance Shows Us What the Future M3 Could Look Like

The inevitable BMW M3 (rumored to be codenamed G80) is still some months away, but that didn’t stop BMW from offering people a glimpse of what it could look like thanks to the all-new 3 Series outfitted with M Performance Parts.

October 8, 2018

BMW's All-New 2019 3 Series Sets the Bar for Quality, Performance, and Innovation

Epitomizing sporty driving for over 40 years, BMW has showed off the newest chapter in the 3 Series story with the unveil of the 2019, 7th generation model. With sales commencing by March of next year, the all-new 3 Series aims to set the benchmark once more in driving dynamics, premium quality, and innovation.

February 21, 2018

BMW Diesels Pass All Legal Requirements

There’s a bright spot for German diesels as BMW announced that their 320d EfficientDynamics has been certified to have passed all legal emission requirements. The findings were published by the German Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA).

August 27, 2015

BMW Celebrates 40 Years of 3 Series with Anniversary Edition

The BMW 3 Series can look back over an extraordinary career path. Among the key milestones along the way have been its success in pioneering a new vehicle category, establishing itself as the embodiment of the distinct BMW drive in its segment, and becoming the world’s top-selling premium car.

October 5, 2013

Asian Carmakers Corporation Launches BMW 3 Series GT

Asian Carmakers Corporation (ACC), the official importer and distributor of BMW in the Philippines, today announced the arrival of the All-New BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo, an innovative new concept that combines a Sedan’s dynamic, sports genes with the practicality and versatility of a Touring.

August 17, 2012

PIMS 2012: BMW Announces M Performance Accessories

Asian Carmakers Corporation (ACC), the official importer and distributor of BMW cars in the country, recently announced new BMW M Performance Parts specially designed for the new BMW 1 Series, BMW 3 Series Sedan and the BMW 5 Series Sedan.

Like the BMW M Performance Parts already available for the high-performance M3, 1 Series M Coupe, X5 M and X6 M, the components developed for 1 Series, 3 Series and 5 Series models ensure an authentic M experience of BMW M-specific motor racing technology to everyday driving.

This new line of accessories provides a distinctive, sporty character to further enhance driving dynamics. BMW M Performance Parts are the result of years of racing expertise and have been developed in close collaboration with BMW M GmbH. Each component goes through an intensive development and manufacturing process, which results in uncompromised performance. Exclusive chassis, aerodynamic, cockpit and powertrain components are now available for the 1 Series, 3 Series and 5 Series Sedans.

May 14, 2012

All-New BMW 3 Series Launched in PHL

No other automobile has created a bigger impact in the luxury car segment than the BMW 3 Series. Since it launch in 1975, the “baby” BMW has sold over 12 million units, making it not only the best-selling BMW automobile, but the luxury segment’s best-seller for many years now. And just last week, Asian Carmakers Corporation (ACC), the official importer of BMW cars in the Philippines has written the next chapter in the 3 Series history by launching the all-new, sixth generation model.

The all-new BMW 3 Series has a rich and illustrious history to live up to, and judging by the initial reaction, this model will have little problem. Just like the first 3 Series, the all-new 3 Series continues with the tried-and-tested concept of offering a compact body with an elegant design, powerful and modern engines, a classic rear-wheel drive set-up, and sporty suspension tuning. The result is a car with unrivalled driving dynamics and agility. Additionally, the 3 Series introduces systems developed under the BMW EfficientDynamics strategy giving this car the lowest fuel consumption and emissions in its class.

May 2, 2012

All-New BMW 3 Series Launching on May 10

Photo courtesy of BMW Press
Asian Carmakers Corporation (ACC), the exclusive distributor of BMW automobiles and motorcycles in the country is gearing up for the launch of the all-new 3 Series on May 10. We'll be live from the specially-constructed BMW Tent. Coverage starts at 7:00 PM Philippine time. For live feeds, follow us on Twitter: