BMW endowed its 3-series sports sedan a much better make-over. The 340i has received both external and internal transformation of which are both very notable to the old-time devotees and users of the entry level luxury car.
It will go on production this month (July, 2015) with the first group to arrive to their respective dealers a few weeks later. Meanwhile, our 2016 darling is all set to compete with Mercedes Benz C-class, Cadillac ATS and its very own kin, the BMW 4-series Gran Coupe.
Exterior and Interior
The headlights of this Bimmer have a more angular and sharper contour and hold adaptive full LED’s. It is the same with the design of the taillights and entrails. There are few modifications inside the Bimmer and this includes the metal trims. The cabin looks fairly contemporary and never lacks the classy component found in every BMW vehicle.
Engine, Transmission and Price
340i is the only model among the 3-series group to house an in-line south of the great twin-turbocharged M3. The rest of the U.S.-bound models get a turbocharged, 4-cylinder engine and the European counterparts get the 3-cylinder alteration. Its suspensions also received tuning that contributes to more dynamic and comfortable driving experience.
While 340i could never compete with a BMW M3, it ranks at the top of its own segment.
- Engine : 3.0L 6-cylinder turbocharged and intercooled, DOHC 24-valve, front placement
- Transmission : 6-speed manual/ 8-speed automatic with manual shifting mode
- Drivetrain : 4- wheel drive, rear
- Power : 320hp
- Torque : 330 lb.-ft.
- Mileage : (city) 20-21MPG; (highway)28-32MPG
- Price : starting at $33,925 to $51,145 (as tested)