2013 Detroit Auto Show: Bmw introduces entry-level 320i in the US, priced from $34,445

Article by Christian A., on January 14, 2013

For those who love the Bmw 3-Series we have great news as the Bavarian manufacturer just announced at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show that it will introduce the entry-level 320i also in the United States. Set to hit the dealerships this spring, the new Bmw 320i will cost $34,445 (including $895 for destination). As expected, under the hood we find a 4-cylinder 2.0-liter TwinPower turbo engine delivering 180 hp and 200 lb-ft of torque.

With these numbers, the 320i is able to hit 60 mph (96 km/h) in 7.1 seconds, while top speed is limited at 130 mph or 210 km/h. Mated to a standard 6-speed manual transmission, the 320i is able to deliver a fuel efficiency of 22 MPG City/34 MPG Highway, while the model equipped with an optional 8-speed automatic transmission are 23 MPG City / 33 MPG Highway.

The 320i xDrive or the all-wheel drive model is expected to achieve 22 MPG City / 33 MPG Highway. Although it is an entry-level model, the 320i will feature most of the ConnectedDrive elements seen on the 328i and the 335i models. Moreover, the 320i Sedan will be available with the Cold Weather Package, Premium Package, Driver Assistance Package and Lightning Package.

The full complement of exterior colors from the 328i Sedan is available, with exception of Estoril Blue Metallic, which requires M Sport Line (unavailable on 320i). Moreover, the Sport Package is available for both 320i and 320i xDrive. For the 320i the package includes 18-inch light-alloy wheels with summer tires and increased top speed limiter, sport seats, M sport suspension, M steering wheel and anthracite headliner.

When it comes to the compact sports sedan class, it is clear that the original remains to be the BMW 3-Series Sedan. Since then, it has become the best example of the brand’s sporting capability, dynamics, and visual appeal. Long considered to be the best-selling premium car in the world, the newest version will be the sixth generation of this range. Through the use of the elegant and dynamic lines, the 3-Series Sedan is able to put emphasis on the sporting qualities of this mid-size model from BMW. Further, the excellent balance between elegance and athleticism is still there even if the new model is larger in all aspects compared to the previous generation.

But like the prior models, the dynamic proportions are the result of a long wheelbase, short overhang in the front, set-back greenhouse, and sweeping bonnet. These are all features that one can always expect from a BMW. With the multi-faceted surfaces and precise curves, the front end is now more striking. Looking at the profile, the combination of the wedge shape and the track being made wider gives this new offering from BMW that athletic look.

The track in particular is now wider by 37 mm on the front and 47 mm at its rear. Because of the way that the width has been highlighted, the front section’s multi-faceted surfaces allow the new 3-Series to have a face that is sportier than ever. The kidney grille meanwhile has been slanted a bit forward and placed in an upright position. With its square and wide interpretation, the grille puts focus on this new model’s stance.

Customers will be given the chance to have the xenon headlights. If they do, the twin headlights, which have those corona rings, will have on top of it LED accent lights placed like eyebrows. Already having that well-known focused look, this gives this BMW that added intensity. In addition, the new 3-Series Sedan has its headlights extending all the way to the kidney grille’s frame.

Because of this, it merges the grille and the headlights into one stylistic unit resulting in putting additional focus on the broad-set stance. One significant change in the new 3-Series Sedan is that there is now a pair of larger intakes rather than a central air intake. These new intakes have been placed below the headlights and on the front end’s outer edges, resulting in the sporty style getting that additional depth.

Looking at the main ducts, there are small vertical intakes on each side which shape the “Air Curtain.” By putting in this new technology, the flow of air surrounding the front wheels are enhanced and with it the aerodynamic efficiency is improved. This also lowers fuel consumption when running at higher speeds. The kidney grille’s squat openings have those attractive surrounds which ensure that this feature is the most prominent on the front end.

It is in this same feature where the precise lines on the curved bonnet terminate. As such, the front section looks lower. What this does is allow the new 3-Series Sedan to have a distinct sporting edge especially when viewed from the front.

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