2017 BMW 3 Series


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2017 BMW 3 Series

The BMW 3 Series is usually the first car that comes to mind when thinking about entry level, luxury sedans. It's been the sedan that has been a mainstay in its segment since its introduction, and one that BMW is constantly working on every year to keep relevant and fun.

The 3 Series is BMW's best-selling vehicle, and every year the venerable sedan gets a refresh to make sure it stays in that number 1 spot among luxury sedans. For the 2017 BMW 3 Series, there are three body configurations available in the normal sedan, Sports Wagon, and Gran Turismo options. It also gets a choice between four conventional gas engines, including a high-performance twin-turbo inline-six of the M3, as well as diesel and hybrid variants for the fuel or environmentally conscious. 


What's New for 2017

This year, the 2017 3 Series has the same number of trims as before, but they're numerical monikers get updated. These trims include the base 320i, the 330i, the 328d diesel, the 330e plug-in hybrid and the 340i.

The five trim levels range from a smaller 4-cylinder base model to a larger V6 complete with a turbocharger. Here's a complete breakdown of the trims available for the 2017 3 Series.

  •          320i - Powered by a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder that makes 180 hp and 200 lb-ft of torque.
  •          330i - Replaces the 328i. Has a 2.0-liter turbo four and gets 252 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque.
  •          328d - Turbodiesel 2.0L 4-cylinder on 180 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque.
  •          340i - Replaces the 335i. Features a 3.0-liter turbo 6-cylinder rated at 326 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque, enough to get the car from 0-60 mph in the mid-4-second range.
  •          330e - Plug-in hybrid that combines the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder gas engine with an 87-hp electric motor. Total system output is rated 248 hp and 310 lb-ft.

All of the 2017 trims come with standard rear-wheel drive (RWD), but with most BMW vehicles these days, they can be upgraded with BMW's xDrive all-wheel-drive (AWD) system. Transmission choices for the 2017 3 Series are limited to a standard 8-speed automatic or a proper 6-speed manual, which is available as a no-cost option for 320i, 330i, 340i and 340i xDrive trims.

Specifics are great, but how exactly does the 2017 3 Series handle itself on the road? In short, just as well as you would expect. Electric power steering has been updated to smooth out and refine the way the car handles. Variable sport steering is an added option, as well as a Driving Dynamics control system that allows the driver to toggle between Eco Pro, Comfort, Sport, and Sport+ modes via a switch beside the driver's knee.

And the ubiquitous M Sport package is also available, and highly recommended for those looking to push their new 3 a little bit. It drops the ride height by 0.4 inches, firms up the suspension, and comes with larger anti-roll bars and M alloy wheels.

A Familiar Face on a New 3 Series

This newest addition to the BMW family is a great addition to the Bavarian automakers lineup, and one BMW enthusiasts are sure to love. The 2017 3 Series takes all the best engineering abilities BMW is known for and puts them into play in the most popular luxury sports sedan in the world. SO don't wait to get yours, and come to BMW of Roanoke to take your new 2017 BMW 3 Series for a test drive today.