The 2017 BMW 3 Series has been feted as an icon of this vehicle for the past four decades and is the founder of the modern sports sedan segment. For the four decades that it has been around, it now has six generations under its résumé, and has been the honcho when it comes to everyday practicality, a sporting driving experience, efficiency and design, and dynamic excellence. It is also a very successful model, in fact, for every BMW sold, one is a 3 Series. For 2017, BMW hopes to re-establish itself even more strongly with its cutting-edge engines, advanced technology, and a sharper design. Its release date should be expected sometime in mid-2017.
Anyone shopping for a compact luxury sport sedan is almost assured of bumping on the BMW 3 Series somewhere. It is so popular in the segment thanks to the aforementioned features in spite of the fierce competition that newer and fresher models are posing each passing model year. The new model is available in sedan, coupe, wagon, convertible, and a hatchback model. The latter however, the 3 Series Gran Turismo model is reviewed separately, as is the convertible and coupe.
But here is the sneak preview of what the 2017 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo is all about: it is the king when it comes to the premium mid-size class and has successfully established itself around the globe. It combines both the elegant dynamics of a coupe and the versatility and functionality of the 3 Series Touring with the sporting attributes of the 3 Series Sedan. Furthermore, the distinct character of the BMW 3 Series GT has enabled it alluring not only in Europe but also here in the USA and China. Its release date is expected, too, at the onset of 2017.
Standard features of the most basic version of the BMW 3 Series include BMW Assist emergency telematics, push button start, remote keyless entry, 17-inch alloy wheels, leatherette premium vinyl upholstery, Bluetooth connectivity, an auxiliary audio jack, a six-way manually-adjustable front seats, automatic headlights, foglights, a nine-speaker audio system, and a 6.5-inch display.
Visual changes on the exterior are subtle, and it would take an untrained eye a hard and long look to notice any redesigns. The interior, relative to the exterior, got the hugest chunk of the updates. The infotainment system has been updated and is a significant improvement over the previous model. Threats on the 3 Series establishment shouldn’t be taken for granted, especially considering how they’ve improved in leaps and bounds in comparison to their outgoing models. Some rivals include the 2016 Lexus IS 350, 2016 Audi A4, Cadillac ATS, and the 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class.
2017 BMW 3 Series Release Date & Price
Rumors allege the new BMW 3 Series release date is set for early January 2017. Pricing structure hasn’t been released yet, however, pundits within the industry say the new BMW 3 Series price will start from around $33,150. As for the funkier four-door Gran Turismo which is offered in two trims: 335i xDrive and 328i xDrive, expect to pay an MSRP starting from $51,995. Lease deals are available.
2017 BMW 3 Series Exterior Pics
The exterior benefits from various detail improvements and a greater precision. Up front, the revised air intakes and new aprons accentuate the width, while the central air intake is harmoniously integrated with the optional Active Cruise Control. The standard LED rear lights, and the sculptural rear apron design emphasize the sporting appearance and the car’s width. Again, the exterior gets a powerful visual and sporty appeal thanks to the striking LED daytime running lights, and an innovative lighting concept which also have a newly designed headlights.
2017 BMW 3 Series Interior Pictures
The interior faithfully reflects the elegant and dynamic lines of the sporty BMW 3 Series model range. It is centric to the driver and therefore provides optimum access to all crucial functions of the vehicle. High-gloss surfaces and carefully arranged chrome highlights improve the already outstanding ergonomics of the cabin.
The 2017 BMW 3 Series sedan is available in 320i, 328d, 328i, and 340i trim models. The wagon, on the other side, is available in 328d xDrive and 328i xDrive trims.
Four engines are available: a standard 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder rated at 180 horsepower and 200 lbs. ft. of torque; a 240-horsepower – generating turbocharged four-cylinder engine available for the 328i model; a 180-horsepower – producing turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder diesel engine for the 328d models; and a turbocharged 3.0L six-cylinder engine available for the 340i sedan rated at 320 hp.
Wheelbase: 110.6 in
Length: 182.8 in
Width: 71.3 in
Passenger volume: 94 cu ft
Cargo volume: 17 cu ft
Curb weight: 3686 lb
Top Speed: 155 mph
0-60: 4.8 sec
MPG: 20/30 mpg
Available Exterior Colors: Alpine White Black, Sapphire Metallic Glacier, Silver Metallic, Imperial Blue Metallic, Jatoba Brown Metallic, Jet Black, Mediterranean Blue Metallic, Melbourne Red Metallic …
Towing Capacity: N/A lbs
The government crash tests for the existing model are perfect at five out of five stars for overall crash protection. Four stars for total frontal protection, and five stars for overall crash protection. Again, the IIHS gave the 3 Series sedan a “Good” rating – the highest rating – for moderate-overlap frontal crash test.