Slight Power Tweaks Keep BMW 3 and 4 Series Fresh


BMW has announced new engine options and a few updates for both the 2017 3 Series and 4 Series. 

Both cars are adopting the same new four-cylinder engine in the 430i and 330i, a 2.0-liter turbo that makes 248 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, a small increase over the previous 428i and 328i.

The 340i with a revised turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine was introduced last year and now the 4 Series is getting the same treatment for 2017, with the 440i replacing the 435i. The 3.0-liter turbo unit makes 320 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque, an increase of 20 hp over the previous model.

While the overall look of both cars hasn’t changed, new styling packages are now available. For the 3 Series, a new matte chrome trim package is available on the 330i/e and 328d models, while the M Sport package can now be had with the 340i, adding M Sport suspension, an M Sport steering wheel, a revised aerodynamic package, Shadowline trim and an increased top speed.

The new 2017 BMW 330e iPerformance model (pictured above) offers fresh looks thanks to white, black, grey or silver kidney grilles, blue circles around the BMW emblem on the wheels and new ‘i’ and ‘eDrive’ badging. This is BMW’s new plug-in hybrid 3 Series model which makes 248 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque, allowing a range of 14 miles on just electricity.

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For the 4 Series, new BMW Individual paint, trim and Merino leather are available on 440i models, while the Venetian beige leather interior is exclusively paired to black carpeting.

Both the 3 and 4 Series are now both available with BMW’s new iDrive 5.0 system, which was recently introduced in the 7 Series sedan. Other new technology includes wireless charging and a Wi-Fi hotspot in both cars.

Pricing for the new 2017 BMW 320i Sedan begins at $34,145, the exact same base price as 2016. In fact, pricing stays the same right through the lineup with the 330e iPerformance sedan selling for $44,795, while the 340i model starts at $48,595.

For the 4 Series, base pricing for the new 430i starts at $42,845, the exact same price as the 428i that it replaces. Bumping up to a 4 Series xDrive Coupe will run $51,195, while 440i xDrive Convertible is the most expensive 4 Series model selling for $59,995.

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