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BMW updates its class-leading 3 Series. Image by BMW.

BMW updates its class-leading 3 Series
BMW continues to improve its line-up through evolution, with the 'new' 3 Series featuring a lot of change, but not so you'll notice.
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Even by BMW's standards the new 3 Series is a mild evolution of the current version. Although a significant number of body panels front and rear have been modified, including the bonnet, bumpers and lights, you'll need to park the new car alongside the old to really notice.

In profile, the distinctive line joining front to rear is more pronounced and the rear lights feature LEDs and a bolder appearance than before, while some models gain a wider rear track and new alloy wheels.

Inside, enhancements are just as restrained, with new materials and switchgear shared with the newest models in BMW's line-up. More significantly, the 3 Series benefits from a much-improved version of the iDrive infotainment system, with improved graphics and extra buttons on the iDrive controller to aid quicker navigation of the various menus. Additionally, the satnav has more functionality and buyers can even opt for Internet capability.

Not much has changed under the bonnet, though BMW looks ready to market its turbodiesels in the States thanks to lower emissions and the capability to pass forthcoming legislation. The 330d's engine has been updated, however, resulting in extra power and torque and even lower fuel consumption than before. It virtually eliminates the need for the 325d model, though we're not sure why BMW isn't offering a 323d with the 123d's twin-turbo unit.

Coupé and convertible buyers will gain the option of BMW's new seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox (as seen in the new M3, while the six-speed automatic 'box has been enhanced and is available across more of the range.

We'll be driving the new 3 Series ahead of its Paris Motor Show debut in October, with sales in the UK starting soon after.

Shane O' Donoghue - 14 Jul 2008

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