While each of our models strive to be the ultimate driving machine, the seventh generation of the BMW 3 Series Sedan is the elite fleet that comes closest to fully realizing this concept. Consisting of the 330i xDrive, M340i RWD, and M340i xDrive, this model trio once again raises the stakes for luxury sedans to reach. In lieu of their release in early spring, here are the top 5 upgrades to the 3 Series Sedan you need to know.
We’ll start with the most obvious updates to the eye. The external profile of this German received a much sportier facelift, boasting of sharper cuts and sleeker curves in all the right places. We didn’t think that the headlights could look any better than those on its predecessor, but the 2019 BMW 3 Series managed to clean the look up even more with a more angular approach in comparison to its soft and fluid look in the past. It also adorns laser light technology, which helps you see more in the dark and offers an added level of vitalizing complexity to its overall aesthetic. The stylishly darkened light units housing the new L-shaped LED taillights curve all the way to the edge, giving it a more dramatic and athletic look.
In line with further personalization, the BMW 3 Series is committed to targeting and resolving your every need. With this being said, the live cockpit has gone fully digital and offers you an array of features that are equal parts informative and entertaining. The digital cluster is the biggest the 3 Series has ever harboured and visually connects with the digital instrument cluster so that drivers can seamlessly process all the information with a single glance. The entire centre console is also reorganized in a much cleaner way—just looking at it will give you a feeling of satisfaction.
An honourable mention is the enhanced BMW iDrive 7.0, which is once again redesigned to give you what you value in the most convenient way. With this alone, it’s one of the most driver-friendly sedans around.
For all you thrill-seekers out there, we completely understand your need for speed, but we’re also concerned about your own safety out on the road. That’s why with the new 3 Series, our great standard safety kit (a part of the Active Guard Plus system) includes comprehensible information that keeps you in control of your car as you weave through the city. This includes collision and pedestrian warning with city braking, cruise control, braking function, speed limit information, and lane departure warning. For added security, you can also add the Driving Assistant Professional so your Bimmer can shine along with your driving skills. This package adds even more assistive controls to make it one of the safest saloons to cruise with.
With the incredible reception of Google Homes, Alexa, and Siri, it’s no secret that the future is voice-controlled. Something that all these machines have missed, however, is that personal touch; let’s face it, it’s an awkward feeling to talk to a machine named Google. But with its long-anticipated debut in the 3 Series Sedan, the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant is exactly what they say they are: intelligent and personal.
For starters, if you’re the type to name your car-child, the Personal Assistant will respond to its pet name to strengthen your special bond with your car. Although we recommend going for names with at least two syllables (“Hey, Nicky!”), your BMW’s name is to your discretion. On top of this incredible feature, the BMW digital assistant is one of the most intuitive when it comes to hitting all your driving needs. If you’re in need of a caffeine kick, simply ask your Bimmer where the nearest Starbucks is the same way you would with a friend. Or if the winter chills are still getting to you, telling your car “Hey BMW, I’m cold” will prompt the sedan to adjust the heat in your car just the way you like it. It’s got to be one of the smartest assistants out there!
Can key fobs ever be a thing of the past? With the BMW 3 Series, we say it’s very likely. In case you’re the type to carry light, all you’ll need is your phone to unlock and start your car, thanks to the Virtual Key function. This NFC-based technology allows you to prop your phone near the door handle to lock or unlock your car. Once done, your car takes all appropriate measures to welcome you into the cockpit with ambient lighting. Once inside, all you need to do is toss your phone on the phone tray or wireless charging pad to start your engine and get on your next driving adventure.