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BMW launches entry-level 3


FROM May 2013, BMW South Africa will offer customers easier access to the 3-Series sedan model range. The petrol line-up now starts with an all-new 316i sedan, priced at a highly attractive R341 000.

This entry-level model is powered by a 1.6-litre four-cylinder powerplant with BMW’s famous TwinPower Turbo technology. It develops 100kW and 220Nm of torque. The 316i is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox, but an eight-speed automatic can be ordered as an option.

The 316i will accelerate to 100km/h in 8.9 seconds and BWM claims an impressive fuel consumption figure of just 5.8 litres/100km on the combined cycle, while Co2 emissions come in at 134g/km, depending on the tyre format.

BMW still offers a choice of design lines such as Luxury, Modern, Sport and the M Sport packages. This allows customers to personalise their transport, which will be necessary as BMW will be selling boatloads of this entry-level model.

The interior is still finished in the same high-quality materials as you’ll find on its bigger brothers. The list of standard features should be enough for most, but an options list with endless possibilities is available as well.

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