BMW Introduces New Entry-Level 3-Series, Adds Mild Hybrid System To An Assortment Of Models

Europe’s new BMW 318i has a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 154 hp.

BMW continues to embrace electrification as the company has announced a number of models will be equipped with a mild hybrid system as part of their spring update for the European market – though, we could see them arriving in other regions outside the U.S. too.

Following in the footsteps of the 5-Series, the mild hybrid system will become standard equipment on the 320d / 320d xDrive Sedan, 320d / 320d xDrive Touring, X3 xDrive20d and X4 xDrive20d.

The mild hybrid system features a 48-volt starter-generator and an additional battery. It helps to improve fuel efficiency as the engine can be shut off when decelerating at speeds of less than 9.3 mph (15 km/h). Besides increasing fuel efficiency, the starter-generator can act as an electric motor and contribute an additional 11 hp (8 kW / 11 PS) to help improve off the line acceleration.

Besides the mild hybrid models, a handful of vehicles will getting a new engine. In March, BMW will offer a 120d that features a 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder diesel engine that develops 188 hp (140 kW / 190 PS). The engine will be connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission that sends power to the front wheels. This setup will enable the hatchback to run from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 7.3 seconds, before hitting a top speed of 143 mph (231 km/h).

Likewise, the 3-Series Sedan and Touring will gain a new 318i variant with a 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder petrol engine that produces 154 hp (115 kW / 156 PS) and 184 lb-ft (250 Nm) of torque. This allows the entry-level sedan to hit 62 mph (100 km) in 8.4 seconds and top out at 138 mph (223 km/h). The wagon is slightly slower as the dash to 62 mph (100 km) takes 8.7 seconds and the top speed is 137 mph (220 km/h).

Rounding out the updates are newly standard automatic soft-closing doors on the 7- and 8-Series as well as the latter’s M variants. The X5, X6 and X7 will also be offered with new trim and upholstery combinations.

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