BMW has revealed the seventh generation of its 3-series saloon at the Paris motor show as it looks to continue to battle Audi’s A4 and Mercedes-Benz C-classhead-on in the executive saloon sector.
On sale from 9 March 2019, prices for the new BMW 3-series will start at $43,700 for the rear-wheel-drive 320d. The initial range-topper, the 330i, will start from $49,000, with the line-up set to be completed with the introduction of three- and six-cylinder petrol engines, a number of hybrid options and eventually a full-electric 3-series, called the i4.
Two gearbox and drivetrain options will be offered at launch, with rear-wheel drive standard and BMW’s xDrive four-wheel-drive system offered as an option, including on the 320d. The outgoing car’s six-speed manual gearbox is retained having been thoroughly overhauled; an eight-speed Steptronic auto will be available as an option.