From its refined ride and cabin to its sporty driving character, the new and improved 2021 BMW 3 Series is undoubtedly well rounded and exceptional. It stands out as one of favorites in this class and we highly recommend it for anyone shopping in the compact luxury sport sedan segment. Its release date should be expected early next year most probably in late January.
Some of the 2021 highlights include an upscale interior with intuitive controls, excellent ride and handling balance, spacious seating, and fuel-sipping and powerful engines. Also, the model gains subtle interior trim enhancements, and exterior styling updates, steering and suspension tweaks, LED headlights, and the 335i model gets a name change to 340i. Lastly, the 320i trim gets the Sport Line package as standard equipment.
One could argue though that the new 2021 BMW 3 Series has lost its traditional appeal as a sports car in some respects, but the 3 Series continues to stand apart when it comes to the compact luxury sport segment. 2021 will see a number of changes meant to keep its growing list of rivals at bay, and even without them, the new 2021 BMW 3 Series would still be able to lead the rest of the pack.
Despite the glamor, there still exist some few downsides worth lamenting over. They include a limited feature availability particularly on the base model, and the automatic start/stop system is rather intrusive.
BMW 3 Series – Available Trims
The fresh BMW 3 Series for 2021 will come in either sedan or wagon body configurations. Each will also come with its own trims. The sedans come in three trims: 320i, 328i, 328d, and the top-rated 340i. As for the wagon body style, expect an all-wheel-drive 328i and 328d. The 3 Series Gran Turismo (GT) hatchback, coupe and convertible are reviewed separately.
2021 BMW 3 Series Exterior Review & Interior Redesign
Standard equipment available for the entry-level 2021 BMW 3 Series 320i trim include automatic wipers, a 6.5” touchscreen display, BMW Assist emergency telematics, automatic climate control (dual zone), 17” wheels, leatherette upholstery, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, foglights, automatic headlights, a six-way manually adjustable front seats, an auxiliary audio jack, CD player, and remote keyless ignition.
Stepping up to the 328i sedan trim gets you a power-folding auto-dimming side mirrors, split-folding rear seatbacks, driver memory functions, a panoramic sunroof, LED foglights, and the Sport Lime trim that bundles sport instrumentation, anthracite headliner, gloss-black exterior accents, and a 10-way power adjustable sport fore seats.
The 340i adds a sunroof, Harman Kardon audio system, keyless entry and ignition, LED headlights, an 18” alloy wheels, six-cylinder engine, and matte chrome exterior trim.
As one would expect, several options are available in terms of packages. The Sport package provided for the 320i trim comes bundled with manually-adjustable sport seats, an anthracite headliner, and 18” wheels. The Premium packages adds keyless ignition and entry, auto-dimming mirrors, four-way power driver lumbar, and a sunroof. The Premium package comes with leather upholstery, keyless ignition and entry, satellite radio, and a sunroof.
The Cold Weather package includes headlight washers, front and rear heated seats, and a heated steering wheel. The M Sport package adds further personalization, a sport-tuned suspension, a variety of trim pieces and upholstery, unique trim elements, and an aero body kit.
Engine Specs – 2021 BMW 3 Series
Under the hood of the 2021 BMW 3 Series 320i trim is a 2.0L four-cylinder engine good for 180 horsepower and 200 pounds of torque. EPA ratings for a rear-wheel-drive sedan with an automatic stand at 24/36/28 mpg in the city/highway/combined.
The 328i trim gets a more powerful engine version good for 240 horsepower and 255 pounds of torque. The EPA ratings stand at 27mpg/combined with an automatic-equipped 328i trim. It sprints from 0-60 mph in 5.4 seconds.
The 328d comes equipped with a 2.0L turbocharged diesel engine rated at 180 horsepower and 280 pounds of torque. EPA fuel economy ratings stand at 36mpg/combined for the RWD mode.
Finally, the 340i trim gets a 3.0L six-cylinder engine good for 320 horsepower and 330 pounds of torque. Its EPA is rated at 22/33/26 mpg for the automatic, and 20/30/24 mpg with a manual-equipped 340i trim.
Price & 2021 BMW 3 Series Release Date
According to the official 3 Series price catalogue available. The base 320i Sedan should cost a potential buyer an MSRP starting at $33,150. As for its release date, the vehicle should be available for sale early next year.
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